Guatemala 1840-NG MA 8 reales

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Heritage sale 3035, lot 30970
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 30970 in Heritage sale 3035 (Long Beach, September 2014), where it sold for $2,350. The catalog description[1] noted, "Central American Republic 8 Reales 1840 NG-M MS62 PCGS, Nueva Guatemala mint. Mint State and very attractive with deep grey patina covering significant subdued luster and a good strike showing extensive detail on the tree leaves. Clearly the 1840/37 variety, albeit not identified as such in the insert. This beautiful type always attract strong attention when in high grades, and the present example will be no exception." 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 1840/37, 1840/39 and 1840/7 are noted for the date along with overassayer MA/BA. The SCWC does not list any normal 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]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, and Warren Tucker, Heritage Signature Auction 3035, World and Ancient Coins, featuring the FoxLair Collection and the Law Collection, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.

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