While only produced for a few years, gold dollars produced in the three Southern facilities – Dahlonega, Ga., Charlotte, N.C., and New Orleans, La. – make a fascinating collection.
All all different but they share a very similar history. Part of the common history is that the gold dollars of the three facilities are uniformly tough in any grade. That, along with interesting stories, makes them all the more interesting as a collection.
The U.S. Mint facilities in the South were actually familiar with the idea of gold dollars before they even produced the denomination in gold. The Bechtler family private mint had been producing gold dollars for years by the time the United States released its first gold dollars in 1849. . . .
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