Guatemala 1879 1/2 real
The specimen shown is of a common type but seldom found so nice. The type was struck 1872-73, 1878-79 and 1893, along with a one real (KM 148) and two reales (KM 149). Guatemala was the last country in Latin America to abandon the real, in 1912, a reflection of the extreme conservatism of the peasant society.
Recorded mintage: unknown but common.
Specification: 1.5 g, .835 fine silver, .040 troy oz ASW. The original colonial half real was 1.69 g, .896 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM 147a.1.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.