Guatemala 1820-NG M 1/2 real
This specimen was lot 31576 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $235. The catalog description noted, "Ferdinand VII 1/2 Real 1820-M, MS62 NGC. A most attractive coin with aged patina blended with original mint luster. Very scarce, and not of the more common 1821 hoard date." 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 notes that this type is about as abundant as the one, two, or four reales issued at the same time.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 1.69 g, .896 fine silver, .049 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 65.
- 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.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Stuart Levine and Bruce Lorich, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3029, featuring Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part III, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.