Guatemala 1821-NG M 2 reales
This specimen was lot 1479 in Sedwick sale 12 (Winter Park, FL, October 2012), where it sold for $139.80. The catalog description noted, "Guatemala, bust 2 reales, Ferdinand VII, 1821M. Choice, lustrous and attractively toned AU+ with bold rims, impressive quality, final date of type." This specimen is an example of a type struck in Guatemala 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 1785-1821. Harris notes that this type is as common as the contemporary Mexico City issue, a statement not confirmed by the author's experience, tho this type is much more available than preceding types.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 6.77 g, .896 fine silver, .195 troy oz ASW, this specimen 6.7 grams.
Catalog reference: KM-67; CT-895.
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- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Sedwick, Daniel F., Augi Garcia and Cori Sedwick Downing, Treasure Auction #12, Winter Park, FL: Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC, 2012.