Guatemala 1881 5 centavos

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from the Lissner Collection, lot 1743

The Guatemalan government made several attempts to issue modern decimal currency starting in 1871. In 1881, this ten centavos was introduced along with a one (KM 202.1), ten (KM 204) and twenty-five centavos (KM 205.1). Only the twenty-five centavos was accepted as it circulated alongside the existing silver two reales (KM 154a). Not until 1912 would currency reform be completed. This specimen was lot 1743 in the Lissner sale (Chicago, April 2014), where it sold for $100. The catalog description[1] noted, "GUATEMALA, Republic. 1839-pres. AR 5 Centavos. Nueva Guatemala mint. Dated 1881. In NGC encapsulation graded AU 58. Lightly toned choice AU. One year only type and extremely scarce. Purchased from Pat Johnson, June 1972."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 1.25 g, 0.900 fine silver, reeded edge. This specimen 15 mm diameter, 1.16 g, 6h axis.

Catalog reference: KM 203.


  • 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]Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014

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