C Bechtler $5 K-20 134 Grains, Star MS (PCGS# 10097)
The June 2013 Baltimore Auction
Lot Number: 2350
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Handsome orange-gold with considerable reflectivity remaining in the protected areas. The strike is sharp and the surfaces show only a few shallow nicks and one trivial thin scratch near the bottom of the reverse. Although the designs were simple, they stated the necessary information -- this is Carolina Gold, 21 carats and 134 grains in weight for the obverse, the reverse states C. Bechtler at Rutherf(ord) and 5 Dollars. These Bechtler gold coins circulated widely and were known to be as stated for their purity and weight. A few years after these were struck those in charge realized that it made sense to open branch mints in the region where the gold was found, and by 1838 the Charlotte and Dahlonega mints were in production. These historic Bechtler gold coins are highly collectible and usually found in reasonably high collector grades. This example is particularly appealing for its mint flash and attractive color.