Guatemala 1842-G 1/4 real

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from Sedwick Treasure Auction 21, lot 1490

This specimen was lot 1490 in Sedwick Treasure Auction 21 (Winter Park, FL, May 2017), where it sold for $158.63. The catalog description[1] noted, "Guatemala (Central American Republic), 1/4 real, 1842/37, encapsulated NGC MS 65. Much scarcer date for this high-grade hoard, with ample luster under spotty colorful toning, minor die-rust on tree side." This type is filed under the Central American Republic but, except for a rare 1845 issue from Costa Rica, all were struck in Guatemala. The denomination seems to have been popular in Guatemala, as silver cuartillas were struck in colonial times 1796-1821, under the Central American Republic 1824-51 and by the Republic of Guatemala 1859-99, being the last country to abandon the denomination. Most Central American coins saw hard use and are very rare in uncirculated, but hoards of this type have been found, rendering this coin quite affordable in nice condition.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: .84 g, .896 fine silver, .024 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM-1.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 5th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2010.
  • [1]Sedwick, Daniel F., Augi Garcia and Cori Sedwick Downing, Treasure Auction #21, featuring Selections from the Richard Stuart Collection, Winter Park, FL: Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC, 2017.

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