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The Bechtler family operated as private minters in Georgia and North Carolina from 1831 to roughly 1850, producing high-quality coins that circulated for decades thereafter. In fact, the Bechtlers produced the only Gold Dollar in America until the Mint joined the fray in 1849. Christopher Bechtler, a German immigrant, struck the largest quantity and variety of gold coins, including $1, $2.50, and $5 denominations. Later, he turned the minting operations over to his son, August, who continued to produce $1 and $5 gold pieces. This set includes five denominations, three from Christopher and two from August. As far as Territorial Gold goes, this is a set that is relatively easy and inexpensive to complete in circulated grades, but finding high-grade examples will be a real challenge.
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