Guatemala 1878 1/4 real

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
Guatemala 1878 cuartilla rev DSLR.jpg

The specimen shown is of a common type struck 1878-79. Numerous varieties exist for 1878: KM 146 (assayer F, .900 fine), KM 146a.1 (stars below wreath), KM 146a.2 (.835 fine, shown here), KM 146a.3 (assayer G below wreath). Guatemala was the last country in Latin America to abandon the real, in 1912, a reflection of the extreme conservatism of the peasant society.

Recorded mintage: 680,000 (all varieties).

Specification: .77 g, .835 fine silver, .020 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 146a.2.

Source:

  • 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.

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