Guatemala 1848-G 1/4 real
This specimen was lot 21013 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Anaheim, CA, August 2016), where it sold for $3,055. The catalog description noted, "GUATEMALA. 1/4 Real, 1848-CT. NGC AU-55. RARE. A date missing from nearly all collections of related material. A little jewel of a coin, with all of the design fully struck up and on display for inspection. Complete sunface, crisp sunrays, and every single leaf on the ceiba tree fully delineated. Add in significant luster from lightly toned surfaces and the resulting coin is an almost irresistible offering. For numismatists with an interest in this Central American Republic coinage, a lot that will surely be watched closely." 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. No varieties are recorded for this date.
Recorded mintage: unknown but rare.
Specification: .84 g, .896 fine silver, .024 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 1 (filed under Central American Republic).
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Ponterio, Richard, The August 2016 Anaheim ANA Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2016.