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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Christopher Bechtler, Gold Miner #history #northcarolinapioneers.coom

Gold Mines in Rutherford County
By Jeannette Holland Austin

Bechtler Mint minted over Two million in gold specie during the 1830s and 1840s. In July of 1831, Christopher Bechtler opened a metalworking shop and press where he and his sons fabricated eagle coins. The privately owned mint allowed western North Carolina miners a convenient way to bring their gold to market; however, by the time of the California Gold Rush in 1849, the Bechtler Mint discontinued its services in Rutherford County.

Bechtler Mint

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