STORY OF THE CHARLOTTE MINT
What is a Mint?
A Mint is a place where the government makes dollar bills and coins.
was there a Mint in Charlotte?
The main branch of the US Mint is in Philadelphia. During the Carolina
gold rush so much gold was found in North Carolina that the federal
government decided they needed to open up a branch in Charlotte. This
was the first branch of the US mint outside of Philadelphia.
How much money did the Charlotte Mint make?
The Charlotte Mint made over 5 million dollars in gold coins in its
24-year history. The Mint made half eagle coins ($5.00), quarter eagle
coins ($2.50), and one dollar gold coins.
What happened to the Charlotte Mint?
During the Civil War the building was turned into a Confederate headquarters
and hospital. When the war was over the building was no longer needed.
the building still standing today?
Yes, but not at its original location. In 1933 a group of citizens bought
the building for $950. The building was taken apart rock by rock and
moved out Randolph Road, a few miles south of downtown. In 1936 the
building was reopened as the Mint Museum of Art - North Carolina's first
Wow that is pretty cool. Is their any gold there now?
Yes. You can see a complete set of gold coins minted in Charlotte.
Is there much gold in NC now?
There is not much gold in the ground in North Carolina now. The last
mining company in the Carolinas closed in 1999.