Guatemala 1925 1/2 quetzal

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
Guatemala 1925 medio quetzal rev DSLR.jpg
Stack's Bowers 2015 NYINC sale, lot 3927
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The quetzal was introduced as a currency reform in 1925 to replace the peso. This type was struck 1925 only, along with a quetzal (KM 242), ¼ quetzal (KM 240), 10 centavos (KM 239), 5 centavos (KM 238) and 1 centavo (KM 237). The quetzal and half quetzal were replaced by banknotes; the others were struck at their weight standards until 1964. The curious .720 silver alloy seems to have been inspired by the contemporary Mexican silver peso (KM 455, struck 1920-45). At 16.66 g, .720 fine, it matches the half quetzal exactly. The second specimen was lot 3927 in Stack's-Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $293.75. The catalog description[1] noted, "GUATEMALA. 1/2 Quetzal, 1925. NGC MS-64. With "NOBLES" below scroll. Attractive yellow-gold toning."

Recorded mintage: 400,000.

Specification: 16.66 g, .720 fine silver, .385 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM-241.2.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, The January 2015 NYINC Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Featuring the John W. Adams and Ray Czabor Collections, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2014.

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