1834 $5 K-17 C. Bechtler, PE RUTHERFORD MS (PCGS# 10091)
The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money
Lot Number: 4414
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Undated (1834-1837) Christopher Bechtler $5 Gold. K-17. Rarity-5. RUTHERFORD, 140.G., 20 CARATS, Plain Edge. AU-55 (NGC). The obverse and reverse show partial reflectivity from the original die polish, a feature that disappears after brief circulation, even from the protected areas. The strike is reasonably sharp although softly defined on the left side of the rim; the reverse is also a trifle soft in that area just opposite. Delicate copper toning surrounds the letters and numbers, especially on the reverse which creates contrast and eye appeal. Examination finds scattered small nicks but nothing that warrants any particular attention. An excellent example overall and a coin that any collector would be proud to own.