Kagin-4, Rarity 3. This variety is immediately recognizable by the reversed N in ONE. Recently purchased from an old estate and off the market for over two decades, this piece has superb deep original green-gold with reddish hues at the periphery. It is a full 55 from the standpoint of sharpness and detail but it has been net-graded to AU50 by PCGS on account of a small mint-made planchet defect on the reverse below AR in CAROLINA and an ancient pinscratch from the right edge of the first L in DOLLAR to the N in the denomination. A lovely example of this quaint design and the first PCGS AU50 to be offered for sale since Goldberg 9/08: 1726 which brought $4,255. If you collect Charlotte gold dollars and/or other Federal coins of this denomination, you should include a Bechtler issue or two in your set.
Old Fatty Holder. This example was graded and encapsulated many years ago. It shows just a slight amount of wear on the surfaces with a considerable amount of natural luster present. Both sides have medium natural reddish-gold color with the hues a bit deeper and more extensive on the obverse. The strike is sharp and even with a strong date and mintmark. The 1851-D is the second most available Type One gold dollar from this mint but it is considerably scarcer than the 1849-D. This would make a great type coin for the collector who wants a nice gold dollar from Dahlonega but who is willing to pay a bit more to acquire a more interesting piece than a run-of-the-mill 1849-D.