Guatemala 1824-NG M escudo
This specimen was lot 24435 in Heritage sale 3030 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $5,581.25. The catalog description noted, "Central American Republic gold Escudo 1824 NG-M, AU55 NGC. Slight wear, but well struck with reddish toning on the reverse. A type coin worthy of serious consideration. Note that the Eliasberg coin was previously mounted and still brought close to $1,000. Ex. Mortimer Hammel (Stacks 9/1982, lot 837 for $950). From The Isaac Rudman Collection of Guatemala Coins." This specimen was one of a type struck in Guatemala 1824-25 and sporadically in Costa Rica 1828-50. It is scarce compared to the half escudo. The type is listed in the SCWC under the Central American Republic. This federation was an attempt to unite all the former Spanish provinces of Central America into one country but collapsed amid recrimination and civil war.
Recorded mintage: unknown but a rare date.
Specification: 3.37 g, .875 fine gold, .095 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM 6, Fr-29.
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- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3030, featuring the RLM Collection, the Isaac Rudman Collection, the Hans Cook Collection and the Collection of Donald E. Bently, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.