Guatemala 1872-P 5 pesos
This specimen was lot 3057 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $1150. The catalog description noted, "1872 P 5 pesos. MS-62 (NGC). Head of Liberty to left, legends and value around/quetzal on scroll with crossed rifles, in wreath, date, fineness, assayer below. Bright yellow gold with strong lustre and reflective surfaces. Light handling marks in the fields, a pleasing specimen of the first year of this design type. Purchased from Mortimer Hammel, April 18, 1945." This type was struck 1872-78; all the dates are scarce and some are rare. The liberty head design also appears on the rare 20 pesos of 1877.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 8.06 g, .900 fine gold, .233 troy oz AGW; this specimen: 8.07 grams, 21.30 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 198, Fr-45.
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