Guatemala 1873-P peso
This peso is a scarce variation on the familiar slouched liberty type struck 1872-79 and 1894-97. It is the second year of the type and is somewhat scarce; the 1872 is slightly tougher. This type superseded the Rafael Carrera type struck 1859-71. The "P" on the reverse is an assayer's initial, not a mintmark. This specimen was lot 72398 in Stack's Bowers Collectors Choice Online Auction (Santa Ana, CA, May 2017), where it sold for $376. The catalog description noted, "GUATEMALA. Peso, 1873-P. NGC MS-61. Strong strike with full mint luster. Provenance: From the Richard Stuart Collection."
Recorded mintage: 78,000.
Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver, .723 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 197.1.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Robinson, Charles, The Coins of Central America, 1733-1965, San Benito, TX: 1965.
- Ponterio, Rick, et al., The May 2017 Collector's Choice Sale, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.