Guatemala 1878 1/2 real

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from the Acanthite collection
from the Acanthite collection

The specimen shown is of a common type. The type was struck 1872-73, 1878-79 and 1893, along with a one real (KM 148) and two reales (KM 149). Guatemala was the last country in Latin America to abandon the real, in 1912, a reflection of the extreme conservatism of the peasant society. The particular variety shown for 1878 does not have the fineness written below the wreath reverse.

Recorded mintage: unknown but common.

Specification: 1.5 g, 0.835 fine silver, 0.0402 troy oz ASW. The original colonial half real was 1.69 g, .896 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM 147a.2.

Source:

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

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