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.
Carolina Gold. 27G, 21C, Plain Edge. Christopher and Augustus Bechtler minted gold coinage in Rutherford County, NC from 1831 to 1852. Rutherford County and other areas of the Piedmont region of North Carolina and Georgia were primary sources of gold until the Califonia gold rush. This example exhibits semi proof-like lemon and peach-gold surfaces with typical waves in the planchet. Exceptionally well struck and flashy with fantastic eye appeal.
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-302. Fifty Cent. Octagonal Liberty Head. R-4. "Peacock" reverse. One of the most distinctive of all California Gold Coins. The reverse shows an eagle perched on an arrow with his tail below and surrounded by 'glory rays'. The long-necked eagle resembles a Peacock, thus the nickname.
BG-421. Fifty Cent. Round Liberty Head. R-4.
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-508. Octagonal Dollar. High R-4. Nice lustrous straw-gold surfaces.
BG-106. Quarter Dollar. Octagonal Liberty. R-3. Super flashy with semi proof-like surfaces. Tied for the finest graded at NGC or PCGS.
$2 1/2. Struck by Clark, Gruber, & Company from locally mined gold during the Colorado Gold Rush. 'Clark & Co.' instead of 'Liberty' is on the obverse coronet while PIKES PEAK GOLD DENVER is in the reverse legend. This is a lustrous yellow-gold example with a typical strike and no major abrasions. Seldom seen this nice.
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.
Clark, Gruber, & Co. established a private mint in Denver to capitalize on the recent Pikes Peak gold rush. They operated for two years before selling to the Federal Government which eventually established the Denver Mint. The design is similar to a $2 1/2 Liberty except PIKES PEAK replaces LIBERTY on the obverse coronet and the reverse legend reads, CLARK, GRUBER, & CO DENVER. This high grade example has good detail and strong honey-gold luster. A scarce coin in any grade with just a dozen pieces grading mint state at PCGS
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. Rich satiny luster over flawless surfaces.
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-712. Quarter Dollar. Octagonal Liberty Head. R-4. An exquisite original Gem in an older PCGS holder!
BG-808. 25c. Round Liberty Head. R-3. Well struck with flashy surfaces.
BG-808. 25c Round Liberty Head. R-3. Well struck and nearly mark-free with rich satiny luster.
BG-808. 25c Round Liberty Head. R-3. Satiny luster over nice original surfaces.