Guatemala 1929 centavo

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 ANA sale, lot 23130
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This specimen was lot 23130 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $312. The catalog description[1] noted, "GUATEMALA. Centavo, 1929. NGC PROOF-64 RB. Soft reflectivity exists in the fields with obverse surfaces that are entirely brown and a reverse that holds some faded red coloration. RARE in proof and with interesting pedigree to the Melbourne Mint Museum, this coin apparently once having been dispatched with five others from the Royal Mint in London for placement in institutions in Australasia. Ex: Melbourne Mint Museum." This type was struck for Guatemala by the Royal Mint in London 1929 only. The denomination was converted to brass in 1932. In 1949, the denomination was redesigned to place the bust of Fray Bartolome de las Casas on the obverse, which design is still in service (KM 254, KM 259, KM260, KM 265, KM 273, KM 275, KM 282). The accompanying half centavo and two centavos were much less popular and were soon discontinued.

Recorded mintage: 500,000 + proofs.

Specification: bronze.

Catalog reference: KM-247.


  • 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]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The August 2018 Philadelphia ANA Auction: World Coins and Selections from the El Dorado Collection of Colombian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.

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