Guatemala 1817-NG M 4 escudos

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Ponterio sale 152, lot 7172
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates

This specimen was lot 7172 in Ponterio sale 152 (New York, January 2010), where it sold for $1,955. The catalog description[1] noted, "GUATEMALA. 4 Escudos, 1817-M. RARE. VERY FINE." The Guatemala mint in colonial times was far from major sources of bullion and therefore struck little gold. This date is the only issue for Ferdinand VII and was the first emission of four escudos since 1801. A few four escudos were struck at the Guatemala mint 1824-25 (KM 7) under the regime of the Central American Republic.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 13.54 g, .875 fine gold, .380 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-23; KM 73.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, and Kent Ponterio, Ponterio sale 152: The 2010 NYINC Auction, Irvine, CA: Bowers and Merena, 2009.

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