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 "secret floor" Christopher Bechtler designed to catch any loose gold dust that came in on miner's boots! Located at the Mint Site is a great access point for Thermal Belt Rail Trails which is a walking and biking trail.