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Christopher and Augustus Bechtler emigrated from Germany to settle in Rutherford County in 1830. Both were metallurgists and were drawn to Rutherford because of the active gold mining in the region. By 1831, the Bechtler's were minting gold coins in $1, $2.50, and $5 denominations, a government approved endeavor at that time because of non-stringent federal laws. The Charlotte Mint was established in 1837 and by 1840 the Bechtler's had stopped their private coinage business.