Programs

Charlotte Coins

Park It! introduced the first Charlotte Coin in January 1999 as the validation tool for the Park! Center City program. The Charlotte Coin makes it more convenient and less expensive to visit Charlotte's Center City. When patrons visit Center City businesses participating in the Park! Center City program, they receive a $1 Charlotte Coin that is accepted in parking meters and at participating parking lots and garages.

Citizens can use Park It! tokens on CATS buses and the LYNX Blue Line. Riders will be credited $1.00 after inserting the token into a bus fare box or train station ticket vending machine. Citizens will then be required to pay the difference to complete the fare and gain access to the service. For a list of CATS and LYNX fares, please visit www.ridetransit.org.

Click on one of the issued coins below to learn more about each coin and how to purchase:

The Park It! Onstreet Parking Program introduced the first Charlotte Coin in January 1999 as the validation tool for the new Park! Center City program. 1999 Charlotte Coin

The 1999 Charlotte Coin commemorates Charlotte's history of minting gold coins. Coins minted in Charlotte are among the world's most valuable. The Charlotte U. S. Branch Mint was established in 1838 and produced limited issues of $1, $2.50 and $5 gold coins bearing a C mint mark to identify their origin.  Coins were minted in Charlotte until North Carolina seceded from the Union on May 21, 1861, and the Confederacy seized the Mint.

The Charlotte Department of Transportation and Park It! sponsored a competition to design the 1999 Charlotte Coin. The competition was open to all Central Piedmont Community College graphic arts students. The first prize winner, J. Susan Brown, was presented with a $500 scholarship and the honor of having her hand-drawn design of Charlotte's skyline minted on the 1999 Charlotte Coin. The runner-up design was created by Laura Sparks, who received a $300 scholarship. Penny Ross and Carl Okugo both were awarded honorable mention scholarships of $100.

The special collector's edition of the 1999 Charlotte Coin in a commemorative gift casing is sold out and no longer available for purchase. 

What better way to celebrate the new millennium than featuring the bust of Queen Charlotte Sophia, for whom the city was named, on the Year 2000 Charlotte Coin?2000-Queen Charlotte Coin

Charlotte Sophia (1744-1818) was the wife of King George III of England. Mecklenburg County was named in honor of Queen Charlotte's homeland, Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Germany.

On November 7, 1768, "Charlotte Town" was incorporated. Even though the residents disagreed with British laws, they hoped to win favor with King George III by naming the town for his wife Queen Charlotte. Queen Charlotte is the great-great-great-great grandmother of Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's current monarch.

Citizens can use Park It! tokens on CATS buses and the LYNX Blue Line. Riders will be credited $1.00 after inserting the token into a bus fare box or train station ticket vending machine. Citizens will then be required to pay the difference to complete the fare and gain access to the service. For a list of CATS and LYNX fares, please visit www.ridetransit.org.

The special collector's edition of the 2000 Charlotte Coin in a commemorative gift casing is sold out and no longer available for purchase. 

On May 18, 1891, Charlotte's first electric streetcar departed from Independence Square at the intersection of Trade and Tryon streets.

To celebrate the 110th anniversary of this event, the Park It! Onstreet Parking Program featured the Charlotte Trolley on the 2001 Charlotte Coin.2001-Charlotte Trolley Coin

Park It! introduced the first Charlotte Coin in January 1999 as the validation tool for the  Park! Center City program. The Charlotte Coin makes it more convenient and less expensive to visit Charlotte's Center City.

When patrons visit Center City businesses participating in the Park! Center City program, they receive a $1 Charlotte Coin that is accepted in parking meters and at participating parking lots and garages.

Citizens can use Park It! tokens on CATS buses and the LYNX Blue Line. Riders will be credited $1.00 after inserting the token into a bus fare box or train station ticket vending machine. Citizens will then be required to pay the difference to complete the fare and gain access to the service. For a list of CATS and LYNX fares, please visit www.ridetransit.org.

The presence of the trolley system and its accessibility to residential property brought successful real estate ventures in the late 1800's just as it is fueling development in the South End of Charlotte today.

The special collector's edition of the 2001 Charlotte Coin in a commemorative gift casing is sold out and no longer available for purchase.

The 2002 Charlotte Coin commemorates the 40th anniversary of Charlotte's sister city relationship with Arequipa, Peru. 2002-Charlotte Arequipa Coin

Arequipa became Charlotte's first sister city in 1962. Arequipa, named the "Ciudad Blanca" (White City) because of its many beautiful buildings made of ashlar (Chechani's petrified volcanic ash), is nestled between the sea and the mountains in southern Peru.

Arequipa rests 2,336 meters above sea level on the foothills of three volcanoes -- Chechani, Pichu Pichu and Misti.

Park It! introduced the first Charlotte Coin in January 1999 as the validation tool for the Park! Center City program. The Charlotte Coin makes it more convenient and less expensive to visit Charlotte's Center City.

When patrons visit Center City businesses participating in the Park! Center City program, they receive a $1 Charlotte Coin that is accepted in parking meters and at participating parking lots and garages.

Citizens can use Park It! tokens on CATS buses and the LYNX Blue Line. Riders will be credited $1.00 after inserting the token into a bus fare box or train station ticket vending machine. Citizens will then be required to pay the difference to complete the fare and gain access to the service. For a list of CATS and LYNX fares, please visit www.ridetransit.org.

A commemorative edition of the 2002 Charlotte Coin is available in silver at a cost of $25. The commemorative coin weighs one troy ounce with a purity of 0.999 fine silver. Each coin bears its mint number on the edge and is encapsulated and boxed. Bi-metal tokens are also available at a cost of $1.

To purchase a special collector's edition of the 2002 Charlotte/Arequipa Coin in a commemorative gift casing, visit the Park It! office at 1440 South Tryon Street or charge by phone by calling Park It! at 704-375-3177.

Charlotte's 2003 commemorative coin features the Hezekiah Alexander Homesite. Built in 1774, it is the oldest surviving structure in Mecklenburg County.

The two-story stone house is on the grounds of the Charlotte Museum of History, off Shamrock Drive. 2003-Hezekiah Alexander Home

Park It! introduced the first Charlotte Coin in January 1999 as the validation tool for the Park! Center City program. The Charlotte Coin makes it more convenient and less expensive to visit Charlotte's Center City.

When patrons visit Center City businesses participating in the Park! Center City program, they receive a $1 Charlotte Coin that is accepted in parking meters and at participating parking lots and garages.

Citizens can use Park It! tokens on CATS buses and the LYNX Blue Line. Riders will be credited $1.00 after inserting the token into a bus fare box or train station ticket vending machine. Citizens will then be required to pay the difference to complete the fare and gain access to the service. For a list of CATS and LYNX fares, please visit www.ridetransit.org.

A commemorative edition of the 2003 Charlotte Coin is available in silver at a cost of $25. The commemorative coin weighs one troy ounce with a purity of 0.999 fine silver. Each coin bears its mint number on the edge and is encapsulated and boxed. Bi-metal tokens are also available at a cost of $1.

To purchase a special collector's edition of the 2003 Charlotte Coin in a commemorative gift casing, visit the Park It! office at 1440 South Tryon Street or charge by phone by calling Park It! at 704-375-3177.

The 2004 Charlotte Coin features the McColl Center for Visual Art.2004-McColl Center For Visual Arts Coin

Built in 1926, McColl Center for Visual Art was a functioning ARP Presbyterian Church for many years.  Heavily damaged by fire in 1985, it was re-built as an Artist-in-Residence Program in 1999. Currently McColl Center for Visual Art hosts artists from all over the world with its residency program, as well as supports local and regional artists through its affiliate artist program. 

McColl Center is advancing creativity through artist residencies, exhibitions and other educational programs about contemporary art.  The city is enriched by the presence of visionary artists, and is gaining a national reputation as an engine for artistic advancement.

Park It! introduced the first Charlotte Coin in January 1999 as the validation tool for the Park! Center City program. The Charlotte Coin makes it more convenient and less expensive to visit Charlotte's Center City. When patrons visit Center City businesses participating in the Park! Center City program, they receive a $1 Charlotte Coin that is accepted in parking meters and at participating parking lots and garages.

Citizens can use Park It! tokens on CATS buses and the LYNX Blue Line. Riders will be credited $1.00 after inserting the token into a bus fare box or train station ticket vending machine. Citizens will then be required to pay the difference to complete the fare and gain access to the service. For a list of CATS and LYNX fares, please visit www.ridetransit.org

A commemorative edition of the 2004 Charlotte Coin is available in silver at a cost of $25. The commemorative coin weighs one troy ounce with a purity of 0.999 fine silver. Each coin bears its mint number on the edge and is encapsulated and boxed. Bi-metal tokens are also available at a cost of $1. 

 

To purchase a special collector's edition of the 2004 Charlotte Coin in a commemorative gift casing, visit the Park It! office at 1440 South Tryon Street or charge by phone by calling Park It! at 704-375-3177.

The 2005 Charlotte Coin commemorates 10 years of professional football in the Carolinas and features the Panther's stadium.2005-Carolina Panthers 10 Years Coin

The stadium and the adjacent practice fields are located on 33 acres of land in Uptown Charlotte.  The stadium was designed by HOK Sports Facilities Group of Kansas City, MO. and seats 73,367 fans. The stadium facade features many unique elements, such as massive arches and towers at the entries all clad in building materials accenting the team colors of black, silver and blue. The stadium playing field has a Bermuda grass surface.

Park It! introduced the first Charlotte Coin in January 1999 as the validation tool for the Park! Center City program. The Charlotte Coin makes it more convenient and less expensive to visit Charlotte's Center City. When patrons visit Center City businesses participating in the Park! Center City program, they receive a $1 Charlotte Coin that is accepted in parking meters and at participating parking lots and garages.

Citizens can use Park It! tokens on CATS buses and the LYNX Blue Line. Riders will be credited $1.00 after inserting the token into a bus fare box or train station ticket vending machine. Citizens will then be required to pay the difference to complete the fare and gain access to the service. For a list of CATS and LYNX fares, please visit www.ridetransit.org.

A commemorative edition of the 2005 Charlotte Coin is available in silver at a cost of $25. The commemorative coin weighs one troy ounce with a purity of 0.999 fine silver. Each coin bears its mint number on the edge and is encapsulated and boxed. Bi-metal tokens are also available at a cost of $1.

To purchase a special collector's edition of the 2005 Charlotte Coin in a commemorative gift casing, visit the Park It! office at 1440 South Tryon Street, Suite 108 or charge by phone by calling Park It! at 704-375-3177. 

October 2005 marks the opening of Charlotte Bobcats Arena.

2006-Bobcats CoinLocated in the heart of the City, Charlotte Bobcats Arena was designed to represent the area's diverse urban culture as well as the strength, stability and foundation of the city's heritage. Charlotte Bobcats Arena is home to the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats, the WNBA's Charlotte Sting and the ECHL's Charlotte Checkers and serves as a premier venue for college sports, concerts, ice shows and family entertainment. 

Park It! introduced the first Charlotte Coin in January 1999 as the validation tool for the Park! Center City program. The Charlotte Coin makes it more convenient and less expensive to visit Charlotte's Center City. When patrons visit Center City businesses participating in the Park! Center City program, they receive a $1 Charlotte Coin that is accepted in parking meters and at participating parking lots and garages. 

Citizens can use Park It! tokens on CATS buses and the LYNX Blue Line. Riders will be credited $1.00 after inserting the token into a bus fare box or train station ticket vending machine. Citizens will then be required to pay the difference to complete the fare and gain access to the service. For a list of CATS and LYNX fares, please visit www.ridetransit.org

A commemorative edition of the 2006 Charlotte Coin is available in silver at a cost of $25. The commemorative coin weighs one troy ounce with a purity of 0.999 fine silver. Each coin bears its mint number on the edge and is encapsulated and boxed. Bi-metal tokens are also available at a cost of $1. 

To purchase a special collector's edition of the 2006 Charlotte Coin in a commemorative gift casing, visit the Park It! office at 1440 South Tryon Street, Suite 108 or charge by phone by calling Park It! at 704-375-3177. 

The 2009 coin features Charlotte's historic South End.2009-SouthEnd Coin

In the Carolina's Colonial Era, Camden Road, now the center of Charlotte's rapidly growing historic South End, was so named because it was a connecting route to Camden, SC, and thence to Charleston where cotton products were transported by ship to Europe. Located in South End and depicted on this coin is Atherton Mill, a major source of such textile products in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In 1852 the first train arrived in Charlotte's South End on what is now the oldest railroad corridor into the city. 

Park It! introduced the first Charlotte Coin in January 1999 as the validation tool for the Park! Center City program. The Charlotte Coin makes it more convenient and less expensive to visit Charlotte's Center City. When patrons visit Center City businesses participating in the Park! Center City program, they receive a $1 Charlotte Coin that is accepted in parking meters and at participating parking lots and garages.

Citizens can use Park It! tokens on CATS buses and the LYNX Blue Line. Riders will be credited $1.00 after inserting the token into a bus fare box or train station ticket vending machine. Citizens will then be required to pay the difference to complete the fare and gain access to the service. For a list of CATS and LYNX fares, please visit www.ridetransit.org.

A commemorative edition of the 2009 Charlotte Coin is available in silver at a cost of $25. The commemorative coin weighs one troy ounce with a purity of 0.999 fine silver. Each coin bears its mint number on the edge and is encapsulated and boxed. Bi-metal tokens are also available at a cost of $1.

To purchase a special collector's edition of the 2009 Charlotte Coin in a commemorative gift casing, visit the Park It! office at 1440 South Tryon Street, Suite 108 or charge by phone by calling Park It! at 704-375-3177. 

The 2011 coin features the NASCAR Hall of Fame.2011-NASCAR Coin

The 150,000-square-foot NASCAR Hall of Fame is an interactive, entertainment attraction honoring the history and heritage of NASCAR. The high-tech venue, designed to educate and entertain race fans and non-fans alike, opened May 11, 2010. The state-of-the-art facility honors NASCAR icons and creates an enduring tribute to the drivers, crew members, team owners and others that have impacted the sport in the past, present and future.

Park It! introduced the first Charlotte Coin in January 1999 as the validation tool for the Park! Center City program. A commemorative edition of the 2011 Charlotte Coin is available in silver at a cost of $25. The commemorative coin weighs one troy ounce with a purity of 0.999 fine silver. Each coin bears its mint number on the edge and is encapsulated and boxed.

 

To purchase a special collector's edition of the 2011 Charlotte Coin in a commemorative gift casing, visit the Park It! office at 1440 South Tryon Street, Suite 108 or charge by phone by calling Park It! at 704-375-3177.

Photograph used for coin provided by Paul Warchol.