Guatemala 1826-NG M 4 escudos
This specimen was lot 35351 in Heritage sale 3038 (Dallas, January 2015), where it sold for $1,997.50. The catalog description noted, "Central American Republic gold 4 Escudos 1826 NG-M VF Ex-Jewelry, Nueva Guatemala mint, assayer, 'M'. A rarely encountered gold type. Mounted at 12:00 and with surfaces consistent with jewelry use. From The Santa Maria Collection." 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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- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage Signature Auction 3038, featuring the Empire, the Santa Catarina, the Law and the Santa Maria Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.