Guatemala 1895 1/2 real

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
Guatemala 1895 medio real rev DSLR.jpg

The specimen shown is of a type common in all grades. The type was struck 1894-97, along with a one real (KM 166), two reales (KM 167), four reales (KM 168.1) and peso (KM 210). 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: 819,000.

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 165.

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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