Guatemala 1811-NG M 1/2 real

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from Stack's Bowers 2017 NYINC sale, lot 6668
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This specimen was lot 6668 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2017), where it sold for $822.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "GUATEMALA. 1/2 Real, 1811-NG M. NGC MS-66. As choice as these small bust minors come with flashing fresh surfaces showing no signs of contact or handling. The obverse is covered in a handsome deep royal blue iridescent tone which comes alive and shows a more complex mix of hues when turned in the light. The finest certified example." Shown is an 1811 half real from the Nueva Guatemala mint, of a type struck 1808-21. In 1776, an earthquake demolished Antigua Guatemala (including the mint) and a new city was built some miles away. To mark the move, the mintmark was changed to "NG" ("Nueva Guatemala", still the capital of Guatemala) on all issues of 1777 and after. Assayer "M" is noted for the years 1785-1821. This type is common but this date is rare. This is the first year of the "standard" bust of the king. Half reales dated 1808 with this bust exist but are a backdated issue.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

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

Catalog reference: KM-65; Cal-Type 363 #1284.


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