Guatemala 1928 5 centavos

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Guatemala 1928 5 centavos obv DSLR.jpg
from the Mountain Groan Collection
Heritage sale 3042, lot 30008
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This type was minted in large numbers 1928-43 by the Royal Mint in London for Guatemala. A very similar type with slightly different lettering (KM 238.1) was issued 1925-49. All dates are reasonably available tho nice specimens can take some searching. In 1950, the quetzal on the obverse was replaced by a ceiba or kapok tree, which design is still in use, tho no longer in silver. The second specimen was lot 30008 in Heritage sale 3042 (Long Beach, September 2015), where it sold for $1,351.25. The catalog description[1] noted, "Republic Proof 5 Centavos 1928-(L) PR66 Cameo NGC, London mint. An outstanding Proof issue of this first year in the series featuring the ornately-styled, short-tailed quetzal. The overall appearance of this minor is phenomenal, presenting champagne-tinged surfaces that radiate nicely off the mirrored fields and design elements that are razor sharp from all angles. Presently the finest-known certified example in a Proof Cameo designation, and highly desirable as such."

Recorded mintage: 1,000,000.

Specification: 1.67 g, .720 fine silver, .038 oz ASW, reeded edge.

Catalog reference: KM 238.2.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Robinson, Charles, The Coins of Central America, 1733-1965, San Benito, TX: 1965.
  • [1]Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3042, featuring the Read and Bob Bennett Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.

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