Guatemala 1939 centavo

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left: 1932 ½ centavo; center: 1934 centavo; right: 1932 2 centavos
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This specimen was lot 24031 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "GUATEMALA. Centavo, 1939. PCGS PROOF-64 Secure Holder. Sharply struck with a light layer of attractive tone. Brilliant and with good eye appeal." This type was struck for Guatemala by the Royal Mint in London 1932-39 and again 1946-49. 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, KM 260, 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: 1,500,000 plus proofs.

Specification: brass.

Catalog reference: KM 249.

Source:

  • 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, John Kraljevich and Cris Chatigny, The January 2018 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, featuring the Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.

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