Guatemala 1825-NG M 1/2 escudo
This specimen was one of a type struck in Guatemala 1824-26 and 1843 and sporadically in Costa Rica 1825-49. The other, larger gold denominations from the period are much more expensive. 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 the commonest date.
Specification: 1.69 g, .875 fine gold, .047 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM 5.
- Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.