Guatemala 1755-G J 4 reales
Shown is a 1755 four reales from the Guatemala mint, of a type issued 1754-60. All pillar coinage from Guatemala is scarce and many issues are rare. Gilboy notes this date as R2 or fairly rare. There is one listed variety, with a late-style '5' in the date. Assayer "J" is noted for the years 1754-59. Unlike the other colonial mints, Guatemala seems to have issued more four reales than any other denomination. Gilboy marks the half, one and two reales as "rare" and the eight reales as "scarce" to "normal." None are marked as common. Guatemala issues are notably cruder than other mints. This specimen was lot 22812 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $431.25. The catalog description noted, "Ferdinand VI 4 Reales 1755 G-J, XF, cleaned long ago, now retoned on its own. Scarce and a pleasing example of this highly sought after type."
Mexican numismatists hotly debate which side of the coin constitutes the obverse. Gilboy depicts the shield side as the obverse as that side bears the king's name. However, auction catalogs and dealer listings more frequently use the pillars and globes side as the obverse, as that side bears the date.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 13.53 g, 0.917 fine silver, 0.399 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: Cayón-10514, G-4-2, KM 17.1.
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