Guatemala 1812-NG M 1/2 real
This specimen was lot 72374 in Stack's Bowers Collectors Choice Online Auction (Santa Ana, CA, May 2017), where it sold for $352.50. The catalog description noted, "GUATEMALA. 1/2 Real, 1812-M. NGC MS-64. Sharply struck with lovely iridescent toning. Provenance: From the Richard Stuart Collection." Shown is an 1812 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. This is the second 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.
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