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The Bechtlers' “Homemade Money”

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n 1830, there were fifty-six active gold mines in North Carolina, and the state was called the Golden State. Christopher Bechtler, Sr., moved to Rutherford County in 1830, and, in 1831, opened a currency mint. Bechtler died in 1842, but his mint continued stamping coins until the late 1850s. Many residents of Rutherford and surrounding counties have coins passed down through their families.
The State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 48 Issue 12, May 1981, p8-11, il, por