Guatemala 1821-NG M 1/2 real
Shown is a 1821 half real from the Nueva Guatemala mint, of a type struck 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 1785-1821. Harris notes that this type is about as abundant as the one, two, or four reales issued at the same time. The bust is of Ferdinand VII.
Recorded mintage: unknown but common.
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.