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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 "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.