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For the first seven years of its existence, the Charlotte Mint played second fiddle to the private Bechtler Mint in North Carolina. The situation changed markedly, however, in 1844. Under the new direction of Christopher Bechtler, Jr., the private gold coins of the Tarheel State became suspect in the eyes of the local population. Of dubious weight and fineness, the once widely popular Bechtler pieces disappeared from circulation almost overnight. Into this coinage vacuum, for the first time since its opening in 1838, stepped the Charlotte Mint. Until the outbreak of the Civil War, this branch mint's products would serve as the principle medium of exchange in North Carolina and the surrounding areas. The new found fame of the Charlotte Mint had a negative effect on its 1844 half eagle issue. The demise of the Bechtler pieces meant that this issue was sorely needed in the avenues of commerce. The lack of half eagle production at Charlotte in 1845 only exacerbated this problem and ensured that the vast majority of the 23,631 1844-Cs entered circulation and remained there. Today, this issue is the third rarest of the entire C-mint half eagle series.
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