Guatemala 1/2, 1, 2, 4, and 8 Reales 1754 to 1771
The G mint mark next to the date on Akisu's 8 reales tells us it is from Guatemala. The legend HISPAN tells us it is from the Spanish colonies in the New World. These coins were minted with the pillars and Spanish royal crest design between 1754 and 1771.
For more information about mint marks on coins that look like this buy come from different countries, click to this CoinQuest page about Spanish Colonial coinage.
The coins have different Spanish kings during different periods of time. For coins with this pattern, the kings of Spain were Philip (Phs), Ferdinand (Ferd, Ferdnd, Frdnd, Frd), and Charles (Carlos, Carolus, Carolvs, Carol, Car). Look for the name on the side with the shield and crown.
The denomination appears using a large numeral 1, 2, 4, or 8 for 1, 2, 4, or 8 reales. This page gives approximate catalog values.
1/2 REAL (15 mm diameter, 0.050 troy ounces silver)
average circulated: $100
well preserved: $220
1 REAL (17 mm diameter, 0.100 troy ounces silver)
average circulated: $180
well preserved: $340
2 REALES (28 mm diameter, 0.200 troy ounces silver)
average circulated: $130
well preserved: $300
4 REALES (32 mm diameter, 0.399 troy ounces silver)
average circulated: $380
well preserved: $580
8 REALES (40 mm diameter, 0.798 troy ounces silver)
average circulated: $540
well preserved: $800
Some dates of the Guatemala 8 reales are more valuable than the figures shown above. The values next to the dates below are for 8 reales in well preserved condition:
1854 with Arabic 5 not Spanish 5: $3000
1760 with Carolus not Ferdinand: $4000
To achieve these levels, coins must be free of all damage such as spots, stains, scratches, cleanings, nicks, gouges, black surfaces, and the like. For more information, see our Important Terminology page (link at upper left).
, Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: AKISU, Sun, 20-Jan-2013 15:34:20 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sat, 02-Nov-2013 01:46:52 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Thu, 08-Jan-2015 22:14:57 GMT
Requester description: 1763 VTRA QUE VNUM G 1763 CAROLUS.III.D.G.HISPAN.ET.IND.REX P8
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