Guatemala 1814-NG M 4 reales

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Heritage sale 3029, lot 31577
Guatemala 1814 4 reales rev H3029-31577.jpg

This specimen was lot 31577 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $352.50. The catalog description[2] noted, "Ferdinand VII 4 Reales 1814-M, AU50 NGC. Deeply toned with a full PLUS ULTRA and no adjustment marks. A very scarce denomination in this quality." This four reales is from the Nueva Guatemala mint, of a type struck 1808 and 1811-21. 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 1785-1836. Harris[1] notes that this type is the most common mint for the four reales of the Ferdinand VII bust. The SCWC lists this type quite a bit cheaper than the contemporary Mexican issue.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 13.54 g, .896 fine silver, .390 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 68.

Source:

  • [1]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.
  • [2]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Stuart Levine and Bruce Lorich, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3029, featuring Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part III, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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