C Bechtler $2.50 K-13 70 Grains, 20 Carat XF40

CERTIFICATION#: -40802
PCGS#: 10070

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Sold by B. Max Mehl Jun '41 price realized $42.6

Expert Comments

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.

 

Diameter: N/A Designer: N/A Edge: N/A
Mintage: N/A Weight: N/A Metal Content: Gold
8
4,750
10
5,250
12
6,000
15
6,500
20
7,500
25
8,500
30
9,500
35
11,000
40
12,500
45+
13,800
50
15,000
1
50+
15,200
53
16,000
53+
16,300
55+
18,500
58+
23,500
60
27,500
61
31,000
63
1

Condition Census

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