Guatemala 1820-G 1/4 real

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from the San Dimas Collection
Guatemala 1820 cuartilla rev JS.jpg

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[1] 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.


  • [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.

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