AUGUST BECHTLER FIVE DOLLARS -
134 Grains, 21 Carats
Equivalents: Kagin 27, Breen 7766, KM 84, Taxay 28, Stack 23
Diameter: ±26 millimeters
Gold - 88%
Other - 12%
grains (8.68 grams)
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
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
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