AUGUST BECHTLER FIVE DOLLARS -
Equivalents: Kagin 30, Breen 7768, Taxay 30, Stack 25A, and Stack 26
Diameter: ±26 millimeters
Gold - 99.9%
to be ±13.37 grams (based on 4.30 ounces of gold being used to strike
The obverse die of this variety was used earlier on Kagin 29 (A.
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
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
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