Guatemala 1872-P peso

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Heritage sale 410, lot 14027
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This peso is a scarce variation on the familiar slouched liberty type struck 1872-79 and 1894-97. It is the first year of the type and is scarce; the 1873 is slightly more common. This type superseded the Rafael Carrera type struck 1859-71. The "P" on the reverse is an assayer's initial, not a mintmark. This specimen was lot 14027 in Heritage sale 410 (Long Beach, CA, June 2006), where it sold for $161. The catalog description[1] noted, "Republic Peso 1872P, nice lustrous AU, very scarce in this grade."

Recorded mintage: 14,000.

Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver, .723 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 197.1.


  • 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.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 410: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2006.

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