Guatemala 1971 5 centavos
The specimen shown is from a type struck for Guatemala 1971-77. This coin is common in all grades thru uncirculated. Earlier silver five centavos were issued 1928-64 and the ceiba tree first appeared in 1949. Guatemala still issues five centavo pieces with the ceiba tree reverse (see KM 256, 266, 276) but the alloy was changed to copper-nickel in 1965, same as the United States. Paradoxically, this coin has such a low catalog value that it is difficult to find. Dealers do not find it worthwhile to stock such items.
Recorded mintage: 8,270,000.
Specification: copper-nickel, 16 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 270.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.