Guatemala 1801-NG M 2 reales
The specimen shown was lot 1210 in Sedwick sale 11 (Winter Park, FL, April 2011), where it sold for $138. The catalog description noted, "Guatemala, bust 2 reales, Charles IV, 1801M. Lustrous and lightly toned VF, part of obverse rim weak (as made)." In 1776, an earthquake demolished Antigua Guatemala (including the mint) and a new city was built some miles away. To mark the move, the mintmark was changed to "NG" ("Nueva Guatemala", still the capital of Guatemala) on all issues of 1777 and after. Assayer "M" is noted for the years 1785-1821. Harris notes that this type is as common as the contemporary Mexico City issue, a statement not confirmed by the author's experience, tho this type is much more available than preceding types.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 6.77 g, .896 fine silver, .195 troy oz ASW, this specimen 6.4 grams.
Catalog reference: KM-51; CT-924.
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- Harris, Robert P., Pillars & Portraits, San José, CA: Bonanza Press, 1968.
- Krause, Chester L, and Clifford Mishler, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 3rd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1996.
- Sedwick, Daniel Frank, Augi Garcia and Cori Sedwick Downing, Treasure Auction 11, Winter Park, FL: Daniel Frank Sedwick LLC, 2012.