Guatemala 1809-NG M 8 reales
This coin was lot 9439 in Ponterio sale 150 (Los Angeles, August 2009), where it sold for $747.50. The catalog description noted, "GUATEMALA. 8 Reales, 1809-M. Adjustment mark on reverse, lightly toned. Lustrous CHOICE ALMOST UNCIRCULATED." This type was struck in Guatemala 1808-10 and is quite scarce. The bust is more available as a four reales. In 1821, Guatemala declared independence from Spain and attached herself to Iturbide's Empire of Mexico. When that collapsed in 1823, Guatemala and her neighbors formed the Central American Republic which itself collapsed amid recrimination and civil war. The Guatemala mint struck coins of the C.A.R. type 1824-47.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 27.07 g, .896 fine silver, .780 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 64; FC-55a (R5); El-68.
- Elizondo, Carlos A., Eight Reales and Pesos of the New World, San Antonio, TX: 1968.
- Harris, Robert P., Pillars & Portraits, San José, CA: Bonanza Press, 1968.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Ponterio, Richard, and Kent Ponterio, Ponterio sale 150: The 2009 Los Angeles ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Bowers and Merena, 2009.