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NUMISMATIC REGISTER: BECHTLER GOLD COINS

by Andrew W. Pollock III

INTRODUCTION: BECHTLER GOLD COINS

This work is a provisional condition census listing of the Bechtler gold coins. In this work the finest 5 to 12 specimens known to me of each variety, based on appearances of illustrated specimens of these coins in auction catalogues and fixed price lists, are enumerated. All together, 400 auction catalogues and fixed price lists were examined (see bibliography). Plate coins in reference books were also included if they could be plate matched to the coins listed in the condition census. In those cases where fewer than six coins of a given variety could be found in auction catalogues and price lists, the coins illustrated in the reference books were included in the listings to augment the census. The reference books examined in this study were A Guide Book of U.S. Coins (Red Book), 1985, R. S. Yeoman, The Comprehensive Catalogue & Encyclopedia of U.S. Coins, 1976, Don Taxay, and Private Gold Coins & Patterns of the U.S., 1981, Don Kagin.

All Bechtler coins are attributed according to Kagin numbers (see Private Gold Coins and Patterns of the U.S., 1981). Stack's numbers (see Walton Collection Catalogue. 10 '63) and Taxay numbers (see Comprehensive Catalogue & Encyclopedia of U.S. Coins, 1976) are also included where there are equivalents for the Kagin numbers.

ENUMERATION OF COINS:

Only coins that have been illustrated are enumerated in the following work. All pedigree information is collected from two sources:
1) pedigree information written into the descriptions of coins in the references, and
2) illustrations of coins that can, by comparison, enable identification of reappearing specimens.

It is possible that there is some duplication in the listings since illustrations are not always clear enough to make an identification. Other times, if a coin is dipped or cleaned, it will lose those distinct toning patterns that are frequently diagnostic in pedigree determination.

SYMBOLS & ABBREVIATIONS

* - asterisk - Coin is illustrated in the sale with which the asterisk is associated.
** - double asterisk - Listings followed by ** pertain to catalogues that were not surveyed in the preparation of this work. This symbol is used only when the lot # is included in the listing. It should be inferred in cases where no lot # appears that the sale was not surveyed.
CI - Compare Illustrations - The appearance of a specimen in two or more catalogues (or other references) was determined on the basis of the illustrations.
Taxay, 1976 - The Comprehensive Catalogue & Encyclopedia of U.S. Coins.
Red Book, 1985 - A Guide Book of U.S. Coins, R. S. Yeoman.
Kagin - Private Gold Coins & Patterns of the U.S.
K - preceding number - Kagin variety number
PG - preceding number - Taxay variety number (1976 system)
S - preceding number - Stack's variety number
B&R - Bower & Ruddy Galleries
B&M - Bower & Merena Galleries
HIM - Herbert I. Melnick
MARCA - Mid-American Rare Coin Auctions
NASCA - Numismatic & Antiquarian Service Corporation
NERCG - New England Rare Coin Galleries
NERCA - New England Rare Coin Auctions
NG - Numismatic Gallery
NN - New Netherlands Coin Company
P&H - Pullen & Hanks
P-T - Pine Tree Coin Auctions
RCR - Rare Coin Review

BECHTLER GOLD COINS

K-1, PG-9, S-4

1) Stacks, 10-19-72, Globus, #1039*, (Unc): Red Book, 1985, Plate Coin: CI
2) Stacks, 10-2-63, Walton, #2242*, (AU)
3) Stacks, 4-29-75, Gold, #847*, (AU)
4) Stacks, 7-26-79, Auction '79, #1438*, (AU)
5) Stacks, 6-17-82, June, #594*, (AU)
6) Kagin's, 8-16-83, ANA, #3575*, (AU)
7) Kagin's, 8-16-83, ANA, #3576*, (AU)
8) B&M, 9-17-84, Arnold & Romisa, #291*, (AU)

K-2, PG-11, S-2

1) Stacks, 10-2-63, Walton, #2240*, (AU)
2) B&R, 5-5-77, Getty, #1841*, (AU)
3) Rarcoa, 7-26-79, Auction '79, #1437*, (EF)
4) B&R, 9-21-82, Steig, #1784*, (VF)
5) Kagin's, 1981, Plate Coin

K-3, PG-12, S-3

1) Roseborough: Gaylord: Stacks, 11-11-74, Gibson, #155*, (Unc): Kagin,1981, Plate Coin: CI
2) Kagin, 8-16-83, ANA, #3577*, (AU)
3) B&R, 9-17-84, Arnold & Romisa, #290*, (AU)
4) Kagin's, 9-29-78, GENA, #2214*, (EF): Kagin's, 1-26-79, NASC, #1386*, (EF): CI
5) Stacks, 10-27-83, Coles, #196*, (EF)
6) J. W. Ellsworth, 1923: B&R, 11-28-79, Garrett I, #507*, (VF): Red Book, 1985, Plate Coin: CI
7) P-T, 11-20-75, Hirt, #1757*, (VF)

K-4, PG-17, S-1

1) Stacks, 10-2-63, Walton, #2239*, (Unc)
2) Stacks, 4-21-66, Bolt, #1161*, (Unc))
3) Rarcoa, 7-26-79, Auction '79, #1436*, (Unc)
4) Paramount, 7-29-83, Auction '83, #467*, (Unc): Stacks, 12-4-84, Generales, #1026*, (Unc)
5) Kagin's, 8-16-83, ANA, #3578*, (Unc)
6) B&R, 6-5-75, Scott, #1173*, (AU)
7) B&R, 5-5-77, Getty, #1839*, (AU)
8) NASCA, 10-30-79, Bacon, #1397*, (AU)
9) Kagin's, Price List, Summer, '81, P21*, (AU)

K-5, PG-5, S-10

1) Newcomer, #2526**: W. Raymond: J.C. Morgenthau, 6-16-42, #400**: A. Walter: NN, 12-3-68, 60th Auction, #579*, (VF): B&R, 5-5-77, Getty, #1850*, (EF): Taxay, 1976, Plate Coin: CI
2) A, Zabriskie: J.W. Ellsworth: B&R, 11-28-79, Garrett I, #514*, (VF)
3) B&M, 9-17-84, Arnold A. Romisa, #296*, (VF)
4) Kagin, 1981, Plate Coin

K-6, PG-5, S-10

1) Stacks, 11-7-44, Bell, #1008*, (Unc): Stacks, 10-25-45, Wharton, #2524*, (Unc): CI
2) Stacks, 10-2-63, Walton, #2248*, (Unc)
3) Walton: Stacks, 11-11-74, Gibson, #160*, (Unc)
4) Stacks, 4-21-66, Bolt, #1172*, (Unc)
5) NERCA, 1-7-81, FUN, #1095*, (AU)
6) Kagin's, 1981, Plate Coin

K-7, S-11

1) Stacks, 10-2-63, Walton, #2249*, (EF): Plate Coin: CI

K-8, PG-7, S-9

1) Stacks, 10-2-63, Walton, #2247*, (Unc)
2) Stacks, 4-21-66, Bolt, #1170*, (Unc): Kagin's, 8-16-83, ANA, #3580*, (AU): CI
3) Stacks, 10-19-72, Globus, #1041*, (Unc): Red Book, 1985, Plate Coin: CI
4) Rarcoa, 8-13-82, Auction '82, #970*, (Unc)
5) Stacks, 10-27-83, Coles, #200*, (AU)
6) 1947 ANA Sale: NG, 3-1-48, Memorable, #948*, (EF)
7) B&R, 11-28-79, Garrett I, #513*, (EF)
8) B&M, 9-14-84, Arnold & Romisa, #295*, (EF)

K-9, PG-10, S-12

1) Stacks, 10-2-63, Walton, #2250*, (EF): Kagin, 1981, Plate Coin
2) Stacks, 4-21-66, Bolt, #1173*, (EF)
3) D. Smith, 12 '08: B&M, 6-18-84, Brand, #1538*, (VF/VG)

K-10, PG-21, S-5

1) Stacks, 10-2-63, Walton, #2243*, (Unc)
2) Stacks, 4-2-76, Metro. N.Y., #147*, (Unc): Rarcoa, 7-26-79, Auction '79, #1439*, (Unc): CI
3) Kagin's, 8-16-83, ANA, #3581*, (Unc)
4) Superior, 8-14-80, Auction '80, #491*, (AU)
5) B&M, 9-17-84, Arnold & Romisa, #292*, (AU)
6) Stacks, 3-16-68, U.S. Coins, #393*, (EF): Stacks, 10-19-72, Globus #1040*, (EF): Red Book, 1985, Plate Coin: CI
7) C. S. Bement: J.W. Ellsworth: B&R, 11-28-79, Garrett I, #510*, (EF)
8) Stacks, 9-14-83, Oviedo, #566*, (EF)

K-11, PG-23, S-7

1) Stacks, 10-2-63, Walton, #2245*, (Unc): Stacks, 9-8-77, Davenport, #1159*, (AU): CI
2) Stacks, 11-11-74, Gibson, #158*, (AU): Stacks, 2-2-78, Goshen #1271*, (AU)
3) Rarcoa, 7-26-79, Auction '79, #1441*, (AU)
4) Stacks, 10-27-83, Coles, #199*, (AU): Same as 1?
5) B&M, 9-17-84, Arnold & Romisa, #294*, (AU)

K-12, PG-4, S-8

1) Stacks, 10-2-63, Walton, #2246*, (AU)
2) Stacks, 11-11-74, Gibson, #159*, (EF)
3) B&R, 5-5-77, Getty, #1851*, (EF)
4) NERCA, 3-26-76, Publick, #1121*, (VF): Kagin's, 9-29-78, GENA, #2215*, (VF): CI
5) Kagin's 8-16-83, ANA, #3584*, (VF)
6) Kagin, 1981, Plate Coin

K-13, PG-20, S-6

1) Stacks, 10-2-63, Walton, #2244*, (Unc)
2) Stacks, 4-21-66, Bolt, #1167*, (Unc)
3) NN, 12-3-68, 60th Auction, #580*, (Unc)
4) Stacks, 11-11-74, Gibson, #157*, (Unc)
5) Rarcoa, 8-13-82, Auction '82, #969*, (Unc)
6) Rarcoa, 7-26-79, Auction '79, #1440*, (AU): Red Book, 1985, Plate Coin: CI
7) B&R, 3-18-82, Clifford, #5, (AU)

K-14, PG-6, S-21

1) Stacks, 10-2-63, Walton, #2259*, (EF)
2) Stacks, 4-21-66, Bolt, #1181*, (Unc)
3) Kagin's, 1981, Plate Coin
4) Red Book, 1985, Plate Coin

K-15, PG-8, S-20

1) Stacks, 10-2-63, Walton, #2258*, (Unc)
2) Zabriskie: Ellsworth; B&R, 11-28-79, Garrett I, #520*, (AU): Red Book, 1985, Plate Coin: Kagin, 1981, Plate Coin: CI
3) Stacks, 4-21-66, Bolt, #1180*, (AU)
4) 1963, Kreisberg-Schulman: Stacks,11-11-74, Gibson, #164*, (AU): Kagin's, 8-16-83, ANA, #3586*, (AU): CI
5) Kagin's, 9-29-78, GENA, #2216*, (AU)

K-16, S-13 & S-14, (PG-13)

1) Stacks, 10-2-63, Walton, #2251*, (AU): Kagin, 1981, Plate Coin: CI
2) Superior, 6-8-81, Munoz, #299*, (EF)

K-17, PG-15

1) Stacks, 10-24-45, Wharton, #2526*, (Unc)
2) Rarcoa, 8-13-82, Auction '82, #971*, (Unc)
3) Stacks, 4-21-66, Bolt, #1174*, (AU)
4) B&R, 5-5-77, Getty, #1852*, (AU)
5) Rarcoa, 7-26-79, Auction '79, #1442*, (AU)
6) Kagin's, 8-16-83, ANA, #3587*, (AU)

K-18, PG-16, S-16

1) Stacks, 10-2-63, Walton, #2254*, (AU)
2) Stacks, 4-21-66, Bolt, #1176*, (EF)
3) Stacks, 3-12-76, Garrett, #389*, (EF): Kagin's, 9-29-78, GENA, #2217*, (EF)
4) B&R, 2-17-77, Blauvelt, #1899*, (EF)
5) B&R, 5-5-77, Getty, #1853*, (EF)
6) Kagin, 1981, Plate Coin

K-19, PG-16, S-15

1) Stacks, 10-5-60, Holmes, #4115*, (AU)
2) B&R, 5-31-74, Austin, #1085*, (AU)
3) Stacks, 10-2-63, Walton, #2253*, (EF)
4) Superior, 2-16-76, Neggen, #999*, (EF)
5) NASCA, 10-30-79, Bacon #1396*, (EF)
6) Stacks, 10-20-82, Bohnhorst, #1536*, (EF)
7) Ellsworth: B&R, 11-28-79, Garrett, I, #516*, (EF): Kagin, 1981, Plate Coin: CI

K-20, PG-22, S-17

1) Stacks, 11-7-44, Bell, #1010*, (Unc)
2) Rarcoa, 8-13-82, Auction '82, #972*, (Unc)
3) Stacks, 2-1-57, Schmandt, #671*, (AU)
4) Stacks, 10-2-63, Walton, #2255*, (AU)
5) Stacks, 7-26-79, Auction '79, #1443*, (AU)

K-21, PG-26

1) Gaylord: Stacks, 11-11-74, Gibson, #162*, (AU): Stacks,9-10-81, Wayman, #413*, (AU)
2) Stacks, 2-2-78, Goshen, #1272*, (AU)
3) Stacks, 3-16-68, U.S. Coins #395*, (VF): B&R, 5-5-77, Gerry, #1856*, (VF) CI
4) Kagin, 1981, Plate Coin

K-22, PG-25, S-18

1) Stacks, 4-21-66, Bolt, #1178*, (AU): Kagin, 1981, Plagte Coin: CI
2) B&M, 9-17-84, Arnold & Romisa, #299*, (AU)
3) Stacks, 10-2-63, Walton, #2256*, (EF): Taxay, 1976, Plate Coin: CI
4) Stacks, 2-2-78, Goshen, #1273*, (EF)
5) Ellsworth: B&R, 11-28-79, Garrett I, #518*, (EF)
6) Stacks, 10-27-83, Coles, #203*, (EF)

K-23, PG-27, S-19

1) Stacks, 10-24-45, Wharton, #2525*, (EF): Stacks, 11-15-46, Deetz, #2032*, (Unc): CI
2) Stacks, 10-19-72, Globus, #1042*, (AU): Red Book, 1985, Plate Coin: CI
3) Gaylord: Stacks, 11-11-74, Gibson, #163*, (AU)
4) Stacks, 10-2-63, Walton, #2257*, (EF)
5) Superior, 12-7-72, Rare Coins, #2136*, (EF)
6) B&R, 1-30-75, Newport, #790*, (EF)
7) Stacks, 2-2-78, Goshen, #1274*, (EF)
8) Stacks, 3-17-79, Charlotte, #161*, (EF)
9) Rarcoa, 7-26-79, Auction '79, #1444*, (EF)
10) NASCA, 10-30-70, Bacon #1395*, (EF)
11) Kreisberg, 9-24-80, Gainsborough, #1697*, (EF)
12) Ellsworth: B&R, 11-28-79, Garrett I, #519*, (VF): Stacks, 10-27-83, Coles, #204*, (EF)
13) Kagin's, 9-25-81, GENA, #2110*, (EF)
14) Stacks, 12-8-83, Roper, #472*, (EF): (Same as 11?)
15) B&M, 9-17-84, Arnold & Romisa, #300*, (EF)

K-24 & 25, PG-28 & 29, S-22

1) Stacks, 11-7-44, Bell, #1014*, (Unc): NN, 12-3-68, 60th Auction, #582, (VF)
2) Stacks, 10-2-63, Walton, #2260*, (Unc)
3) NERCA, 117-75, NENA, #808*, (Unc)
4) Kagin's, Price List, Summer '81, P21*, (Unc)
5) Rarcoa, 8-13-82, Auction '82, #973*, (Unc)
6) Rarcoa, 7-30-83, Auction '83, #1488*, (Unc): Red Book, 1985, Plate Coin: CI
7) Kagin's, 8-16-83, ANA, #3592, (Unc)
8) Kagin's, 8-16-83, ANA, #3593*, (Unc)
9) Ivy, 1983, Bloomfield, P23*, (Unc)
10) Rarcoa, 7-25-84, Auction '84, #1993*, (Unc)

K-26

1) B&R, 1-14-81, MacFarland, #2055, (VF)
2) Kagin, 1981, Plate Coin

K-27, PG-30, S-23

1) Stacks, 10-2-63, Walton, #2261*, (AU)
2) Stacks, 4-21-66, Bolt, #1184*, (AU)
3) B&R, 11-10-72, Marks, #1062*, (AU)
4) Hebbeard: B&R, 11-28-78, Garrett, I, 522*, (AU): Kagin, 1981, Plate Coin: CI
5) Kagin's, 8-16-83, ANA, #3595*, (AU)

K-28, PG-31, S-24

1) Stacks, 10-2-63, Walton, #2262*, (AU)
2) Kagin's, 9-29-78, GENA, #2219*, (EF)
3) Superior, 6-8-81, Munoz III, #302*, (EF)
4) Superior, 2-11-74, Ruby, #1905*, (VF): Kagin's, 8-16-83, ANA, #3598*, (VF): CI
5) J.W. Ellsworth: B&R, 11-28-79, Garrett I, #523*, (VF): Stacks, 10-27-83, Coles, #212*, (VF)
6) Taxay, 1976, Plate Coin
7) Kagin, 1981, Plate Coin

K-29, PG-32, S-25

1) Stacks, 10-2-63, Walton, #2263*, (AU)
2) Stacks, 11-11-74, Gibson, #167*, (AU)
3) NERCA, 7-23-76, Publick II, #1590*, (VF): Rarcoa, 7-26-79, Auction '79, #1447*, (EF): CI
4) Stacks, 11-7-44, Bell, #1015*, (VF)
5) Kagin's, 8-16-83, ANA #3599*, (VF)
6) Ellsworth: B&R, 11-28-79, Garrett I, #524*, (Fine): Red Book, 1985, Plate Coin: CI
7) Kagin, 1981, Plate Coin

BECHTLER PATTERNS

Pattern K-1: Dies of regular issue K-20 on Mexican 2 reales.

1) Stacks, 4-21-66, Bolt #1188*, (VF): Kagin, 1981, Plate Coin

Pattern K-2: Dies of regular issue K-24 on silver planchet.

1) Kagin, 1981, Plate Coin

BIBLIOGRAPHY

The following is a list of public auction catalogues and fixed price lists examined in preparing the above work. Although about 400 catalogues were examined, only the following catalogues contained illustrated Bechtler coins. Auction catalogues are enumerated first, then price lists.

In addition to catalogues, illustrated coins in the following texts are frequently included in this study:

1) A guide Book of U.S. Coins, R. S. Yeoman
2) The Comprehensive Catalogue and Encyclopedia of U.S. Coins, D. Taxay
3) Private Gold Coins & Patterns of the U.S., D. Kagin

PUBLIC AUCTION CATALOGUES:

Auction '79
Auction '80
Auction '82
Auction '83
Auction '84
B&R, 5-19-72, Champa
B&R, 11-10-72, Marks
B&R, 5-31-74, Austin
B&R, 1-30-75, Newport
B&R, 6-5-75, Scott
B&R, 12-12-75, Kensington
B&R, 2-20-76, Montgomery
B&R, 5-14-76, Krugjohann
B&R, 6-24-76, Willing
B&R, 2-17-77, Blauvelt
B&R, 5-5-77, Getty
B&R, 6-20-77, Doolittle & Russell
B&R, 11-16-76, Harte
B&R, 2-5-79, Helwig
B&R, 6-28-79, Pearl
B&R, 11-28-79, Garrett I
B&R, 1-14-81, McFarland
B&R, 7-28-81, Sieck
B&R, 3-18-82, Clifford
B&R, 9-21-82, Steig
B&R, 10-30-82, N.Y. Library
B&M, 4-8-83, Connecticut
B&M, 11-9-83, Brown
B&M, 6-18-84, Brand
B&M, 6-19-84, Dodson & Collier
B&M, 1-24-85, Cohen
HIM, 7-31-83, N.Y. Collection
Ivy, 8-17-82, ANA
Kagin's, 9-29-78, GENA
Kagin's, 1-26-79, NASC
Kagin's, 9-28-81, GENA
Kagin's, 6-4-82, L. Beach
Kagin's, 1-28-83, NASC
Kagin's, 8-16-83, ANA
Kreisberg, 10-4-79, Bergen
Kreisberg, 9-24-80, Gainsborough
Kreisberg, 11-13-81, Windsor
MARCA, 2-15-85, Capitol
NASCA, 11-2-77, Brown
NASCA, 10-30-79, Bacon
NASCA, 4-28-80, Scott
NASCA, 12-9-80, Hudson
NERCA, 11-7-75, NENA
NERCA, 3-26-76, Publick
NERCA, 7-23-76, Publick II
NERCA, 11-14-77, Devonshire
NERCA, 11-10-78, Amato
NERCA, 1-7-81, FUN
NERCA, 1-7-82, FUN
NG, 3-1-48, Memorable
NN, 12-3-68, 60th Auction
Paramount, 5-3-73, Grt. N.Y.
Paramount, 11-8-73, Grd. Cenl.
P&H, 5-1-81, Texas
P&H, 11-12-82, Peach State
P-T, 11-20-75, Hirt
Rarcoa, 5-2-69, Hausske
Stacks,11-7-44, Bell
Stacks, 10-22-45, Wharton
Stacks, 11-15-46, Deetz
Stacks, 2-1-57, Schmandt
Stacks, 10-5-60, Holmes
Stacks, 10-2-63, Walton
Stacks, 4-21-66, Bolt
Stacks, 6-10-66. Miller
Stacks, 3-16-68, U.S. Coins
Stacks, 2-27-70, Seeman
Stacks, 5-14-70, DiBello
Stacks, 4-2-71, Tollett
Stacks, 10-19-72, Globus
Stacks, 11-11-74, Gibson
Stacks, 2-6-75. Essex
Stacks, 4-29-75. Gold
Stacks, 12-5-75. Dalton
Stacks, 3-12-76, Garrett
Stacks, 4-2-76, Metro N.Y.
Stacks, 11-18-76, Emrick-Coffey
Stacks, 9-8-77, Davenport
Stacks, 2-2-78, Goshen
Stacks, 6-16-78, Lighthouse
Stacks, 3-17-79, Charlotte Mint
Stacks, 6-21-79, U.S. Gold
Stacks, 3-10-81, U.S. Coins
Stacks, 5-1-81, Grt. N.Y.
Stacks, 9-10-81, Wayman
Stacks, 5-13-82, Grt. N.Y.
Stacks, 6-17-82, June
Stacks, 10-20-82, Bohnhorst
Stacks, 9-14-83, Oviedo
Stacks, 10-27-83, Coles
Stacks, 12-8-83, Roper
Stacks, 12-4-84, Generales
Superior, 12-7-72, Rare Coin Auction
Superior, 2-11-74, Ruby
Superior, 2-10-75, Ruby
Superior, 2-16-76, Neggen
Superior, 2-6-78, DeSylva & Rabun
Superior, 6-8-81, Munoz III
Superior, 9-29-82, Fodor

FIXED PRICE LISTS

B&R, RCR. No. 39, 1981
Ivy, 1983, Bloomfield
Kagin's, Summer '81, Price List
P. Kagin, 1982?, Price List
NERCG, Cat. No. 5, 1976