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Obverse of August Bechtler Five Dollars - Chapman Restrike - Kagin 30     Reverse of August Bechtler Five Dollars - Chapman Restrike - Kagin 30


Variety Equivalents: Kagin 30, Breen 7768, Taxay 30, Stack 25A, and Stack 26

Diameter: 26 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 99.9%

Weight: Expected to be 13.37 grams (based on 4.30 ounces of gold being used to strike 10 coins)

Edge: Plain

The obverse die of this variety was used earlier on Kagin 29 (A. Bechtler Original).

The reverse die of this variety was used earlier on Kagin 29 (A. Bechtler Original) and also on Kagin 31 (C. Bechtler Restrike).  All of the Restrikes show a die break connecting the second A of CARATS with the rim.

Images courtesy of Superior Stamp & Coin

Significant examples:
NGC Proof-63 (illustrated above).  Ex - Superior Stamp & Coin's "A.N.A. 2000 National Money Show" sale, March 2-3, 2000, Lot 1162, where it was described as follows: "No Date.  August Bechtler $5 Gold Restrike.  Kagin-30, Breen 7768.  NGC graded Proof-63.  Light hairlines; mirror finish in the fields, razor-sharp letters in legend.  This is a 1922 restrike by the coin dealer Henry Chapman, who had located three Bechtler $5 dies, one (from which this is made) with A. BECHTLER, one of C. BECHTLER, and one reverse.  He had proof strikes made at the Philadelphia Mint for a nominal minting charge plus bullion costs.  Breen conjectures that Chapman had five struck of each in March, 1922, possibly others later.  They first appeared in a July 25, 1922 sale.  Unusual to say the least.  Imagine the U.S. mint sanctioning a private issue like this today!"  Price realized - $12,650.00 "to the book"

Sources and/or 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