Guatemala 1819-NG M 4 reales

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Aureo sale 261, lot 572
This specimen was lot 572 in Aureo y Calicó sale 261 (Barcelona, July 2014), where it sold for €260 (about US$417 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"1819. Fernando VII. Guatemala. M. 4 reales. Rayitas. Parte de brillo original. Escasa. (EBC-). (Ferdinand VII, 1808-33, four reales of 119, Guatemala mint. Scratches, some luster, scarce, almost extremely fine.)"
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: Cal. 732, 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]Sisó, Teresa, Eduardo Domingo and Lluís Lalana, Subasta Pública 261, Barcelona: Aureo y Calicó Subastas, 2014.

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