Guatemala 1811-NG M real

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from Stack's Bowers 2017 NYINC sale, lot 6667
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This specimen was lot 6667 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2017), where it sold for $2,350. The catalog description[1] noted, "GUATEMALA. Real, 1811-NG M. NGC MS-63. VERY SCARCE date. Frosty white glowing surfaces throughout. Slightly weak in centers as is commonly encountered. A thin band of toning has begun at the rim, shallow adjustment mark just below crown. Second finest certified example with the finest only one point higher." Shown is an 1811 one 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. One reales dated 1808 with this bust exist but are a backdated issue.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.38 grams, .896 fine silver, .097 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM-66; Cal-Type 318 #1114.


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