Guatemala 1843-NG M 1/2 escudo

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Heritage sale 3035, lot 30972
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 30972 in Heritage sale 3035 (Long Beach, September 2014), where it sold for $2,115. The catalog description[1] noted, "Central American Republic gold 1/2 Escudo 1843 NG-M MS63 NGC, Nueva Guatemala mint. A Choice Mint State and rather lustrous specimen of this rare key date. Uncirculated examples are undoubtedly very rare: only a few such pieces have been certified by either 3rd party grading service, despite this being a wildly popular series. The current example is currently the 2nd finest certified piece and as such, it represents important opportunity for the connoisseur." This type was struck in Guatemala 1824-26 and 1843 and in Costa Rica in 1828 and 1843-49. It is not rare except in the choice condition shown here, altho the 1843 is the scarcest of the four dates. 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: 1.69 g, .875 fine gold, .047 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 5.


  • 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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