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Bechtlers, 5 Dollars, 1834


To strengthen the validity of gold coins produced at private mints, coiners tended to include the place they were made. Today, the mint mark serves a similar purpose.


This ridge indicates that the blank was off-center between the dies during striking. The process Bechtler used to make these coins was based on hand-rolling the gold, making the blanks himself, and cutting and striking the dies. The surface of this coin reflects numerous hand-tooled processes.


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