Guatemala 1809-NG M 4 reales
Shown is a 1809 four reales from the Nueva Guatemala mint, of a type struck 1808-10. 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 the most common mint for the four reales of the Ferdinand VII bust (the bust is actually of Charles IV, who abdicated in 1808, but Ferdinand's name is used).
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 13.54 g, .896 fine silver, .390 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 63.
- Harris, Robert P., Pillars & Portraits, San José, CA: Bonanza Press, 1968.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Robinson, Charles, The Coins of Central America, 1733-1965, San Benito, TX: 1965.