Guatemala 1892 4 reales

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Heritage sale 3035, lot 30975
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This specimen was lot 30975 in Heritage sale 3035 (Long Beach, September 2014), where it sold for $822.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Republic 4 Reales 1892 VF25 NGC, Guatemala mint. 0.835 fineness one-year type with only 2600 struck. Very elusive with about ten reported. The doubled striking on a coin this size probably relates to the difficulties the Guatemala City mint was having with its machinery in this period right before the Heaton mint was contracted. Ex. Freeman Craig Senior (1988). From The Dana Roberts Collection." This four reales is a variation on the familiar slouched liberty type struck 1873-79 and 1892-94. This date is rare, probably melted after the .835 fine alloy was rejected.

Recorded mintage: 2,600.

Specification: 12.5 g, .900 fine silver, .361 troy oz ASW, this specimen 13.52 grams.

Catalog reference: KM 160.

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.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, and Warren Tucker, Heritage Signature Auction 3035, World and Ancient Coins, featuring the FoxLair Collection and the Law Collection, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.

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