The study of money and money-related material
is called numismatics. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill, which opened to students in 1795, the campus library has accumulated
over many decades an array of currencies issued by various governmental
authorities and by private banks, insurance companies, and other
businesses. The University Library’s Herman Bernard Collection
contains twenty-four different varieties of gold coins struck by the Bechtler
family during North Carolina’s gold-rush era.
This project is sponsored by the Transatlantic Program of the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany through funds of the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology.