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Guatemalan Quarter Reale Coin Ring

Guatemalan Quarter Reale Coin Ring

   

Central American quarter real silver coin in sterling silver ring. Obverse: Long rayed sun over smoking volcanic mountains, date below. Reverse: Crowned, rampant lion, to signify the Spanish family of Leon. Ruler: Republic of Guatemala. Mint: Guatemala City, Guatemala. Date: 1893. Metal: Silver. Framing: Sterling Silver. Certificate of Authenticity

The history of how this coin came to be struck is most interesting. Following the successful revolution of Spain’s American colonies, the countries of present day Central America aligned themselves in a loose confederation of small states with a constitution but no strong central governing power. The Central American Republic, as it was called, struck its own coinage starting in 1824. Stylistically, this coinage was completely different from that of the Spanish and Provisional issues that existed previously. Not surprisingly, the existence of this loose confederation was a short one. After fifteen years, it completely disappeared; however, many of its former members continued to strike the same coinage that was issued under the federation, Guatemala included. Finally in 1859, Guatemala began to issue a new style of coinage. Remarkably, the first issues reverted to featuring a rampant lion, a mainstay of images displayed on Spanish coinage since the time of Ferdinand and Isabella, over three hundred years earlier; the lion to signify the family of Leon. The “mountain/sun” type, began in 1872 on the opposite side of the coin is also different, but has no connection to the coinage of Guatemala’s former colonial masters. The lion reappeared on some Guatemalan quarter real between 1887 and 1893. Thereafter, Guatemalan coinage ceased to reflect any symbols of Spanish rule.
SKU P2-042856
Our price $350.00
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