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Bechtler Mint Site Historic Park

342 Gilboa Church Rd., Rutherfordton, NC 28139

In 1832, Christopher Bechtler of Rutherfordton minted the country's first one dollar gold coin (17 years before the U.S. mint). During the mid-1800's, the Bechtler's minted more than $2.24 million in gold coins. Explore the original location of the Bechtler mint. See a replica of the "hidden floor of gold" Christopher Bechtler designed to catch any loose gold dust that came in on miner's boots!