Guatemala 1818-NG M 4 reales
This specimen was lot 72384 in Stack's Bowers Collectors Choice Online Auction (Santa Ana, CA, May 2017), where it sold for $117.50. The catalog description noted, "GUATEMALA. 4 Reales, 1818NG-M. NGC EXTREMELY FINE-45. Lightly toned with good underlying luster and nice eye appeal. Provenance: From the Richard Stuart Collection." Shown is a 1818 four reales 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. 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.
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