Guatemala 1862-R real
This is the third silver real struck in Guatemala since the issue of colonial reales ceased in 1821. Guatemala retained the real as a division of the peso until 1912, long after her neighbors had converted to decimal coinage. Indeed, attempts by the government in the 1870's to issue decimal coins (such as the 50 centavos of 1870) were failures. The portrait is of Rafael Carrera, cattle rustler, bandit, guerrilla leader and finally President of the Republic. The coin is common is circulated condition. One reales dated 1859-69 exist with el Presidente's portrait.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 3 g, .903 fine silver, .087 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 137.1.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.