This section lists gold coins that were struck outside the U.S. Mint. These pieces circulated widely in isolated areas of the United States where there was a shortage of U.S. Minted coins for commerce.
K-17. 140 Grains. 20 Carats. Rutherford. Plain Edge. R-5. Brilliant semi proof-like yellow-gold surfaces are quite attractive and the eye appeal is much better than one would expect for the grade. Bechtler pieces were produced at a private mint in Rutherford, North Carolina. Pieces circulated widely in the Southeast and were well accepted by the public.
27 Grains, 21 Carat, Plain Edge. A 12 year old boy, Conrad Reed, discovered a large 17 pound gold nugget while playing near his family's North Carolina farm in 1799. The "rock" was used as a door stop for several years until the family found out that this rock was indeed a gold nugget. The country's first gold rush was on! The Piedmont region of North Carolina and Georgia were the primary source of gold in this country until the California gold rush of 1848. From 1831 to 1852 the Bechtlers of Rutherford County, NC operated mints. August Bechtler struck one dollar coins from 1842 to 1850. This is a beautiful high-grade example of his work. The detail is bold and the surfaces display bright mint luster. The reverse is rotated as is frequently the case on these coins.
BG-222. Quarter Dollar. Round, Liberty Head. Flashy gold luster off semi proof-like surfaces.
BG-530. Octagonal Liberty Head Dollar.
Strong detail and problem-free with pleasing antique gold surfaces. Similar in design to the federal $20 Liberty except Kellogg & Co. replaces LIBERTY on the obverse and the reverse legend reads SAN FRANCISCO CALIFORNIA rather than UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. This example is exceptionally clean as most survivors are heavily bag marked.
BG-106. Quarter Dollar. Octagonal Liberty. R-3. Super flashy with semi proof-like surfaces. Tied for the finest graded at NGC or PCGS.
BG-702. Quarter Dollar. Octagonal Liberty Head. R-3. Well struck and super flashy with semi proof-like surfaces.
BG-1002. Fifty Cent. Round Liberty Head. High R-4. Well struck and nearly flawless with flashy mint luster and semi proof-like surfaces.
BG-1102. One Dollar. Octagonal Liberty Head. R-4. Well struck with flashy semi proof-like straw-gold surfaces that have powder-blue undertones. Issued by Frontier, Deviercy & Co.
BG-708. Quarter Dollar. Octagonal, Liberty. High R-4. Flashy surfaces that are proof-like on the obverse.
BG-804. Quarter Dollar. Round, Liberty Head. R-4. Well struck and semi proof-Like.
BG-709. Quarter Dollar. Octagonal Liberty Head. R-4. Well struck with flashy semi proof-like surfaces.
BG-746. Quarter Dollar, Octagonal Liberty Head. High R-4. Well struck with very attractive original surfaces. Scarce in high grade with PCGS grading just 3 MS-64 coins finer.
BG-1020. Half Dollar - Round. Liberty Head. Value and Date in Wreath. Low R4.
BG-712. Quarter Dollar. Octagonal Liberty Head. R-4. Old holder.
BG-712. Quarter Dollar. Octagonal Liberty Head. R-4. An exquisite original Gem in an older PCGS holder!
BG-835. 25c Round Liberty. R-3.
BG-1024. Round Liberty Head 50c. Low R-4.
BG-713. Quarter Dollar. Octagonal Liberty Head. R-4.