Guatemala 1825-NG M 4 escudos
This specimen was lot 24448 in Heritage sale 3030 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $4,406.25. The catalog description noted, "Central American Republic gold 4 Escudos 1825 NG-M, AU Details (Plugged) NGC. Rather skillfully plugged near the '8' of the date and not unpleasant. Very little actual wear with both the sunface and tree leaves well struck and detailed. The more available date of this extremely rare type, as noted above, although a very rare coin in its own right. A nice affordable specimen of this extremely rare type. Ex. Spink (Spink # 10, 9/1980 for £ 3,200). 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 1828-49. All are rare. 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 rare.
Specification: 13.5 g, .875 fine gold, .379 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM 7, Fr-27.
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