Guatemala 1842-NG MA 8 reales
The first specimen was lot 24430 in Heritage sale 3030 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $2,585. The catalog description noted, "Central American Republic 8 Reales 1842/0 NG-MA, MS62 NGC. The 1842/0 overdate variety. Very scarce in this preservation and close to the Choice category. Rather well struck on a nice large flan. Nearly full luster on both sides, the reverse having a couple of darker areas. A nice type coin of this very popular type. Ex. Freeman Craig (3/1981, lot 116 for $850). From The Isaac Rudman Collection of Guatemala Coins." The second specimen was lot 24488 in Heritage sale 3030 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $1,762.50. The catalog description noted, "Central American Republic 8 Reales 1842/0 NG-M, MS61 NGC. Some contact marks, but well struck on a larger flan and attractive. A nice type coin for this very popular type." 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. Overassayer MA/BA is 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.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3030, featuring the RLM Collection, the Isaac Rudman Collection, the Hans Cook Collection and the Collection of Donald E. Bently, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.