Guatemala 1841-NG MA 8 reales

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Heritage sale 3042, lot 33617
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 33617 in Heritage sale 3042 (Long Beach, September 2015), where it sold for $763.75. The catalog description[1] noted, "Central American Republic 8 Reales 1841 NG-MA AU58 NGC. Nueva Guatemala mint, assayer, 'MA'. Light silvery toning with appealing underlying luster and a crisp strike." 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. Overdate 1841/37 is noted for the year, and this specimen may be an example. 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 worth about double the common date.

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

Catalog reference: KM 4.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3042, featuring the Read and Bob Bennett Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.

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