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CHRISTOPHER BECHTLER
FIVE DOLLARS

Variety Equivalents: Kagin 17, Breen 7750, KM 96.1

Diameter: 26 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 83.3%
Other - 16.7%

Weight: 140 grains (9.1 grams)

Edge: Plain

Mintmarks: None

Notes:
Kagin 17 was part of the Fourth series of gold coins produced by Christian Bechtler sometime between 1834 and 1840.

Breen considered coins with the following characteristics to be "old counterfeits":
AUGUST spelled AUCUST, ATRUTHERFORD run together, O's too large, D's too small, and no tails on the R's.

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Recent sales:
Superior Galleries "A.N.A. Midwinter" 2000 sale (illustrated above).

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