The recent posts here about gold being discovered again in this area reminded me of a related history that ties into this. There is a recently released gold coin that should be of local interest because it is in memory of US President Andrew Jackson. Jackson was born in the Land of the Waxhaws which is the name of the Indian tribe that used to inhabit the area roughly around the border junction of Mecklenburg, Lancaster, and Union counties. The town of Waxhaw is also named for this tribe. There has been a long running dispute over which state that Jackson was born, i.e. SC or NC.
BTW, this area also included a very busy North/South trading route that existed before the days of rail transit here. Part of this route is preserved in a park South of Charlotte where you can go and imagine what travel was like 200 years ago. If you want to learn more about Jackson there is the Andrew Jackson state park south of Charlotte on Hwy 521 (Ballentine Parkway) about 10-15 miles past the Lancaster border.
About the coin. The US Mint is doing a long term series of gold coins of the spouses of the Presidents when they served in office. They started this series in 2007 and it will continue through 2016 and currently scheduled up to Nancy Reagan. Andrew Jackson is rather unique among US presidents because he was only one of 4 presidents who was unmarried when he served so there is no spouse to put on his coin. So instead of this, the Mint was instructed to use a Liberty on the obverse of the coin from a circulating coin of the day when the president served.
Here is an image of the coin. IMO, it is one of the better looking coins out there. The US Mint stopped selling it this past August and since they took it off the market, it has become one of the most popular coins of this series to collect. It is $10 legal tender, but obviously it is worth a lot more than that.