Guatemala 1809-NG M 1/2 real

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Aureo sale 242, lot 253
Heritage sale 3031, part of lot 28698
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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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The first specimen was lot 253 in Aureo y Calico sale 242 (Barcelona, March 2012), where it sold for 250 € (about $388 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Fernando VII (1808-1833). 1809. Guatemala. M. Medio real. Busto de Carlos IV. Muy bella. Preciosa pátina. Muy rara así. S/C-. (Ferdinand VII, 1808-33, half real of 1809, Guatemala mint, bust of Charles IV. Very handsome, lustrous, about uncirculated)."
The second specimen was part of lot 28698 in Heritage sale 3031 (Dallas, January 2014), which sold for $352.50. The catalog description[2] noted, "Colonial Busted Minors Trio, Three coins as follows: ½ Real 1772 G-P, 2 Reales 1797 NG-M, ½ Real 1809 NG-M. The 1809 ½ Real is close to Mint State and very scarce, the others Fine." This specimen is one of a series struck 1808-10 at Guatemala during the reign of Ferdinand VII (1808-33). The type is not rare but nice specimens always bring a premium.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 1.69 grams, .896 fine silver, .048 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 50, Cal. 1280.


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  • [1]Sisó, Teresa, Eduardo Domingo and Lluís Lalana, Selección de 500 Monedas, Medallas y Billetes, Barcelona: Aureo y Calicó Subastas, 2012.
  • [2]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3031, featuring the RLM Collection, the Isaac Rudman Collection, the Hans Cook Collection and the Collection of Donald E. Bently, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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