Charles Christopher Bechtler ~ The man who made money
What makes the Piedmont great - . V ' pi I Christopher Bechtler of Rntbnford County, N. G, was a great jeweler. He ooold make watch chains, necklaces, cottar tattoos, rings, almost anything anybody wanted. Bat in the 1830 s what many people wanted was money. The Piedmont gold rush was in full bloom and although hundreds of Carolinians had gold dust and gold nuggets, not many of them had money. The man who made money The first gold dollars in the country. The federal officials knew about Bechtler's mint. But they didnt discourage him. His integrity was flawless. And his coins were actually of better quality than the government s. -.. And so the mint operated for several years, convert-ing millions of dollars worth of gold into coins. Today, only a few Bechtler corns remain as a tribute There just weren't enough coins to exchange for the . to the man who had the imagination to develop the A . M . m A . t 5 Al 1 t 1 1 A- gold. And the Philadelphia mint was too far away to beofmuchhelp. So Christopher Bechtler took It upon himself to solve the problem. . Heopenedamintml831. ; It was an instant success. People flocked from all only privately owned mint in the history of Southeastern United States, . . '. But the real tribute was given long ago. By the people who put their gold, and the government that put its trust, in his hands. ine imagination ana ine integrity oi uinsiopner over to have their dust and nuggets converted to coins. Bechtler helped make this area great And BeduJernctodynmutacmired stand And it is m that spirit that Duke Power is workinj ddllOO gold pieces, but he also made gold dollars, today for an even greater Piedmont. 4 Du!ce Power Free rtprinta of mil wrfti art available through your local Duke Power office.