Early US gold coins, both government and private issues, highlight
the offerings in Heritage Auctions’ 2013
March 21 - 22 & 24 US Coin Signature Auction, to
take place at their world headquarters in Dallas. This auction is now
open for bidding at HA.com/coins.
Gold issues from the beginning of the Mint era always catch
collectors' attention, and the outstanding examples in this auction
show why. An 1801
eagle with stunning prooflike contrast exemplifies the
offerings. The spectacular eye appeal of this Choice example will
undoubtedly attract bidders interested in assembling the finest gold
type set. NGC has only graded two finer examples of this date.
half eagle, with a Round Top 6, is, at MS65, one of
only three examples of this variety to be certified as a Gem by either
major grading service. While type aficionados will undoubtedly be
pursuing this coin as well, the Round Top 6 variety's listing in the
Red Book will likely expand this coin's appeal beyond just type collectors.
Christopher Bechtler operated a private mint in Rutherford County,
North Carolina in the 1830s and 1840s and issued gold coins from the
abundant supply of gold then found in that area. His crudely designed
but well-received output included coins of $1, $2.50, and $5, and he
was in fact the first issuer of gold dollar coins in the United
States. These coins were marked as either (North) Carolina or Georgia
gold, depending on the origin of the metal provided to him. Our Dallas
auction contains a rare variety of one
of his Georgia issues, minted between 1837 and 1842.
Like all of his Georgia issues, this is a half eagle, but it is
distinguished by a colon after the G in 128 G(rains). Heritage
catalogers are aware of only six examples of this variety to have
crossed the auction block in the last 30 years or so. This piece is
graded AU55 by PCGS, with bright luster visible around the legends.