Guatemala 1839-NG MA 8 reales

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Ponterio sale 168, lot 50494
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 50494 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $529. The catalog description[1] noted, "GUATEMALA. 8 Reales, 1839-NG MA/BA. NGC AU-55." This type was struck in Guatemala 1824-47 and in Costa Rica in 1831. It is not rare except in the choice condition shown here. Overdates 1839/7 are noted for the date. The type is listed 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 not a rare date.

Specification: 27.07 g, .903 silver, .786 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 4.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.

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