Guatemala 1999 1 centavo

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
Guatemala 1999 centavo rev 600.jpg

The specimen shown is from a type struck for Guatemala starting in 1999. This coin is common in all grades thru uncirculated. Guatemala issued the first centavo on the quetzal system in 1925 and Fray Bartolome de las Casas first appeared on the coin in 1949. He has undergone numerous design changes since and the centavo was changed to aluminum in 1999. His image on the coinage of Guatemala is ironic as he was a strident protester against exploitation of the Indians in 16th century Guatemala, which exploitation continues to this day.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 0.80 g, aluminum.

Catalog reference: KM 282.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.

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