Guatemala 1926 5 quetzales

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Goldberg sale 53, lot 2634
photo courtesy Ira & Larry Goldberg
Eliasberg lot 3067
from the Mountain Groan Collection
Guatemala 1926 5 quetzales rev DSLR.jpg

The first specimen was lot 2634 in Goldberg sale 53 (Beverly Hills, May 2009) and sold for $500. The catalog description[1] noted, "Guatemala. 5 Quetzals, 1926. Quetzal on column. Reverse: Arms. Lustrous. One year type. NGC graded AU-58." This issue was accompanied by a gold ten and twenty quetzales.

The Eliasberg specimen (shown below) sold for $575. The catalog description[2] noted, "1926 5 quetzales. MS-62 (NGC). Types as above. Lustrous medium gold with rich toning, scrape under legends in left obverse field. From the John H. Clapp Collection; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., 1942."

Recorded mintage: 48,000.

Specification: 8.36 g, .900 fine gold, .242 troy oz AGW. The Eliasberg specimen was 8.37 grams, 21.90 mm.

Catalog reference: Fr-50; KM 244.


  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg Sale 53: the pre-Long Beach sale, Beverly Hills, CA: Ira and Larry Goldberg Auctioneers, 2009.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [2]Kraljevich, John, John Pack, Elizabeth O. Piper and Frank Van Valen, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., Collection of World Gold Coins and Medals, Wolfboro, NH: American Numismatic Rarities, 2005.

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