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History of the Charlotte Mint

In 1835, the Charlotte Mint began operations in North Carolina, a move sanctioned by Congress in tandem with the establishment of mints in New Orleans and Dahlonega. This strategic decision was made to facilitate the local production of coins from the vast quantities of gold extracted during the North Carolina Gold Rush, a significant event that marked the beginning of the 19th century. Notably, this gold rush was the first of its kind in the United States and remains one of the most extensive to date. The influx of gold necessitated the inception of the Charlotte Mint, which went on to strike gold coins for numerous years until the Civil War erupted. During the war, the Confederacy took control of the mint, utilizing it to produce their currency. Following the war’s end, the Charlotte Mint did not resume operations. Throughout its relatively short existence, it managed to produce over a million coins.

 

We were fortunate to have a coin from the Charlotte Mint make its way into US Coin Trust.




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