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German immigrant Christopher Bechtler came to Rutherford County in 1830 to seek gold, but found another opportunity - minting gold coins. Between 1831 and 1840, he minted over $2 million of the much-needed medium of exchange.
(NoCar F 251 S77),
Vol. 64 Issue 7, Dec 1996
Bechtler, Christopher, 1782-1842