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C Bechtler $2.50 K-13 70 Grains, 20 Carat (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS63
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PCGS MS62
PCGS #:
10070
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Gold
Auction Record:
$31,900 • MS63 • 5-20-1995 • Bowers & Merena
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Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS63 PCGS grade
2 MS62 PCGS grade  
3 AU58 PCGS grade  
3 AU58 estimated grade  

Stephen L. Schechter Collection - Heritage 8/2007:2133, $28,750

5 AU55 PCGS grade  

Capt. Andrew Zabriskie - Col. Ellsworth - Garrett Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 11/1979:511, $3,200 (appears to be plate-matched to the following) - Heritage 8/2007:2132, $17,250

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS63 PCGS grade
2 MS62 PCGS grade  
3 AU58 PCGS grade  
3 AU58 estimated grade  

Stephen L. Schechter Collection - Heritage 8/2007:2133, $28,750

5 AU55 PCGS grade  

Capt. Andrew Zabriskie - Col. Ellsworth - Garrett Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 11/1979:511, $3,200 (appears to be plate-matched to the following) - Heritage 8/2007:2132, $17,250

5 AU55 PCGS grade  
5 AU55 PCGS grade  
8 AU50 PCGS grade  
9 XF45 PCGS grade  
9 AU53 estimated grade  

Riverboat Collection - Heritage 4/2014:5404, $22,325

Ron Guth: Christopher Bechtler and his son Augustus produced a large number of gold coins in North Carolina and Georgia over a period from 1831 to as late as 1852.  The denominations they struck included $1, $2.50, and $5 (only Christopher made $2.50s).

All of the $2.50 "Bechtlers" are rare, ranging from Rarity 5 to Unique.  This variety (Kagin 13) has the weight of 70 grains and the purity of 20 carats indicated on the reverse, and the denomination and place of manufacture on the obverse.  K-13 is one of the least rare of the several $2.50 varieties, but it is still difficult to obtain in any condition.  A few high grade examples are known, the best of which appears to be a single PCGS MS63.

On the K-13 variety, the die engraver used inverted Vs for the As in the reverse legends.