The discovery of gold in North Carolina in the early 1800s set off America's first gold rush and provided a German immigrant named Christopher Bechtler the opportunity to create a successful family-owned mint that produced nearly two and a quarter million dollars worth of gold coins, including the country's first $1.00 gold coin. Shot on location in Rutherford County and the Blue Ridge Mountains.Visit Gold Fever and the Bechtler Mint Website
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Prospector Lloyd Nanney describes how Christopher Bechtler manufactured gold coins by hand
Excerpt from Gold Fever and the Bechtler Mint showing the process of making gold coins.
Bechtler House owner Lynn Padgett describes qualities of the structure built in 1838.
Historian Harry Watson describes transporting raw gold from NC to the Philadelphia Mint.
Experts discuss how raw gold was used in bartering for merchandise during the 1800s.