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The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 8, February 25, 2007, Article 20

BECHTLER GOLD EXHIBIT FEATURED AT CHARLOTTE ANA

A press release issued by the ANA this week highlights a special
exhibit of pioneer gold coins at the upcoming convention:

"'Bechtler's Gold,' featuring the story of the famous North Carolina
mint that produced the first gold dollars in U.S. history, is one of
several outstanding exhibits at the American Numismatic Associationís
2007 National Money Show.  Visitors to the event, held March 16-18
in Charlotte, N.C., will be treated to a wide range of exhibits that
appeal to everyone from experienced collectors to numismatic newcomers.

"Presented by the Rutherford County Heritage Council, 'Bechtler's
Gold' details the history of the Bechtler Mint and explores Carolina
gold mining in the 1830s and 1840s.  Founded by German immigrant
Christopher Bechtler in 1831, the mint's coins were so well accepted
that during the Civil War the Confederacy's monetary obligations
were specified as payable in Bechtler Gold, rather than in Union
or Confederate state currency."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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