Guatemala 1820-G 1/4 real
This tiny coin shares the design with similar issues from Mexico City and other Spanish colonial mints. The type was struck 1796-1821. Most of the dates are very scarce, but the 1821G appears in Uncirculated with some frequency, most likely the result of a hoard being dispersed. The denomination seems to have been popular in Guatemala, as silver cuartillas were struck under the Central American Republic 1824-51 and by the Republic of Guatemala 1859-99, being the last country to abandon the denomination. Harris records fewer cuartillas than any other denomination of Guatemala; hoard finds may have changed this mix ratio.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: .84 g, .896 fine silver, .024 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 72.
- 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.