Guatemala 1878-F 20 pesos
This specimen was lot 22086 in Heritage sale 3021 (New York, January 2013), where it sold for $29,375. The catalog description noted, "Guatemala 1878 20 Peso Rarity. Republic gold 20 Pesos 1878 F, Head of Liberty left/Quetzal on scroll, within wreath, MS61 NGC. Bold strike, with full luster and light obverse handling marks. An extremely rare two-year type. and one of the classic Central America gold rarities. One of the finer surviving examples of this seldom offered issue. Ex: The Millennia Collection, Lot 1064." The only other gold twenty pesos piece struck in Guatemala was the Carrera bust design of 1869. A similar liberty head design appears on silver pesos of 1882-89 and gold five pesos of 1872-78.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 32.26 g, .900 fine gold, .933 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM 199, Fr-44.
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- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.