Guatemala 1811-NG M 8 reales
This specimen was lot 1457 in Sedwick sale 12 (Winter Park, FL, October 2012), where it sold for $188.80. The catalog description noted, "Guatemala, bust 8 reales, Ferdinand VII, 1811M. Lustrous XF/AU with slightly crude edges (as made), better date." This type was struck in Guatemala 1808 and 1811-21 and is the first Guatemalan peso that can be called common. The 1821 is the date most often encountered. 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.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 27.07 g, .896 fine silver, .780 troy oz ASW, this specimen 26.9 grams.
Catalog reference: KM-69; CT-459.
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- Sedwick, Daniel F., Augi Garcia and Cori Sedwick Downing, Treasure Auction #12, Winter Park, FL: Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC, 2012.