C Bechtler $5 K-26 134 Grains, No Star (Regular Strike)

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PCGS AU53

PCGS AU53

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10100
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Metal:
Gold
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Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 AU53 PCGS grade

1956 ANA Sale - Kelly - MacFarland - Bowers & Ruddy 1/1981:2055 - Bovers & Merena 6/1991 - Allan Collection

2 Unknown grade

George O. Walton Collection - Stack's 10/1963 - Josiah K. Lilly Collection - National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution

#1 AU53 PCGS grade

1956 ANA Sale - Kelly - MacFarland - Bowers & Ruddy 1/1981:2055 - Bovers & Merena 6/1991 - Allan Collection

#2 Unknown grade

George O. Walton Collection - Stack's 10/1963 - Josiah K. Lilly Collection - National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution

Ron Guth:

Kagin 26 is an extremely rare variety within the Bechtler series. When Don Kagin wrote his book on Pioneer Gold Coins in 1981, he knew of only one example; inbn fact. Today, two examples are known: one in the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution and another (PCGS AU53) in a private collection. This variety features a stated weight of 134 grains and a stated fineness of 21 carats, but lacks a star as seen on Kagin-20.

Kagin called this a transitional issue because the same obverse was used by both Christopher and August Bechtler. No other Bechtler die -- of any denomination -- shares this unusual distinction.