1842 Augustus Bechtler – Rutherford, NC $1 gold coin. One side marked "A. BECHTLER" along the top with large 1 to the center and "DOL1" at the bottom and the reverse side with 27g(rains) in the center and "CAROLINA GOLD" around the top edge and the fineness 21c(carat) at the bottom. Undated, circa 1837-1842. Note: The Betchler mint of North Carolina was the first mint in America to manufacture gold US $1 coins. Provenance: Private Knoxville, Tennessee collection. CONDITION: Bechtler coin has some bending or pitting to center, possibly in the making. Very sharp details.