Guatemala 1880-E 1/2 real

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from the Acanthite collection
from the Acanthite collection

This type was struck 1880-1883, along with a one real (KM 153) and two reales (KM 154). This date abounds with overdates; a 1880/770, 1880/777, 1880/790, and the specimen shown, which is 1880/79. 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: unknown but common.

Specification: 1.5 g, .835 fine silver, .040 troy oz ASW. The original colonial half real was 1.69 g, .896 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM 155.1.


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

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