Guatemala 1872-P real

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
Guatemala 1872 real rev DSLR.jpg

This is the fourth 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 coin, issued 1872, 1874 and 1878, is somewhat scarce is circulated condition. Later issues of the 1890's are very common.

Recorded mintage: 3,816.

Specification: 3.15 g, .900 fine silver, .091 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 148.1.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.

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