RESOURCE:

Templeton Reid, 5 Dollars, 1830

Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Primary Source, Artifacts
Date Posted: 11/6/2008

Before the famous California gold rush, several important strikes were made in the East: in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. The earliest took place in Mecklenburg County, N.C., in 1799, where a nugget weighing several pounds was discovered. Its finder used it as a doorstop until someone recognized it for what it was! Discoveries multiplied, and a federal branch Mint was eventually set up in Charlotte to process the metal into coinage.