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Obverse of AUGUST BECHTLER FIVE DOLLARS - KAGIN 27     Reverse of AUGUST BECHTLER FIVE DOLLARS - KAGIN 27


AUGUST BECHTLER FIVE DOLLARS - 
134 Grains, 21 Carats

Variety Equivalents: Kagin 27, Breen 7766, KM 84, Taxay 28, Stack 23

Diameter: 26 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 88%
Other - 12%

Weight: 134 grains (8.68 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Notes:
The obverse die of this variety was also used on Kagin 28 (A. Bechtler) and Kagin 29 (the Chapman Restrike).

The reverse die of this variety was used earlier on Kagin 26 (C. Bechtler obverse) and the die now reposes in the North Carolina Museum of History.
  

Images courtesy of Superior Stamp & Coin

Significant examples:
PCGS AU-58 (illustrated above).  Ex - Superior Stamp & Coin's "A.N.A. 2000 National Money Show" sale, March 2-3, 2000, Lot 1159, where it was described as follows: 

"No Date (1842-1846).  August Bechtler 5 DOLLARS.  134.G; 21.CARATS.  Kagin-27.  Reeded Edge.  PCGS graded About Uncirculated 58.  Luster present as well as attractive orange toning around the legends.  Furthermore, the fields and rims are blemish-free, making this a splendid (and special) example for one's Territorial Gold set.  A very rare issue."

Price realized - $9,200.00 "to the book"

Sources and recommended reading:
"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia Of U.S. And Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen

"Private Gold Coins and Patterns of the United States" by Donald H. Kagin, PhD
 

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