Guatemala 1862-R 1/2 real
The specimen shown is of a common type. The type was struck 1862-65, along with a one real (KM 137.1) and two reales (KM 139). Guatemala was the last country in Latin America to abandon the real, in 1912, a reflection of the extreme conservatism of the peasant society. Rafael Carrera appeared on the peso until 1871.
Recorded mintage: unknown but slightly scarce.
Specification: 1.55 g, 0.903 fine silver, 0.045 troy oz ASW. The original colonial half real was 1.69 g, .896 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM 138.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.