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1859 Guatemala Gold 1 Peso Fetauring First President José Rafael Carrera Turcios

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NGC - Coin of the Day: José Rafael Carrera Turcios, the first president of Guatemala, was born on Oct. 24, 1814. He is seen here on this 1859 1 Peso, dating from the later years of his rule, which ended in 1865 with his death.

Country: Guatemala
Type: Standard circulation coin
Year: 1859
Value: 1 Peso
Currency: Peso (1859-1925)
Composition: 87.5% Gold
Weight: 1.69 grams
Shape: Round
Engraver: Jean-Baptiste Frener
Orientation: Coin alignment
Demonetized: Yes
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Must be tiny!
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This one's even tinier and is possibly the smallest modern machine-struck coin ever made.

Guatemala 4 Reales 1860
Obverse: Rafael Carrera facing right / RAFAEL CARRERA P. DE LA R. DE GUATEMALA
Reverse: Wreath / 4 REALES 1860 / 21 Q R
Gold, 9 mm, 0.83 gm, 0.875 fine

The obverse has "FRENER F." under the bust but it is hard to read. Jean-Baptiste Frener was a Swiss engraver who lived in Guatemala from 1854 to 1897. He worked at the mint in Guatemala City.

The reverse "21 Q" is 21 Quilates (21 karat or 21/24 or 0.875 gold). The "R" is mint assayer Rafael Romaña. Many coin catalogs treat the "R" as a mint mark.

The original value was 4 reales or one-half peso, the equivalent of one-half US dollar. The coin is close in size to the little California fractional gold coins. It is smaller than the US silver three-cent piece and the "Panama Pill" 1904 2-1/2 centavos.

Rafael Carrera was a peasant and soldier who rose to power during the first part of the 19th century. He was President of Guatemala from 1854 to 1865 and managed to keep Guatemala independent of Mexico. He also instituted the coffee-growing industry there. Rafael Carrera died on April 14, 1865.
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Nice addition to the discussion willieboyd2 - supports our CCF mission of education and sharing of knowledge.
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