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From how to research your local gold areas, what equipment you need, and many more things to make your time on the gold and treasure hunting trails better and easier.  Whether you are a Greenhorn or a Veteran, the Old Salt and Young Buck are here to make your prospecting experiences more enjoyable and rewarding.

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Gold Prospecting How To

Gold Prospecting How To

How to Prospect For Gold

Prospecting for gold can be a richly rewarding hobby. Generally, gold is more easily found in mountainous regions in the United States such as Alaska, California and Colorado. However, regardless of where you are

Gold in the pan

Gold in the pan (Photo credit: anglerp1)

, you can find gold.  Although the amounts will vary greatly, you will be able to greatly enjoy the outdoors, time with family, and the challenge that is gold prospecting.

Before you begin prospecting, it is important to understand the rules that govern mining for minerals so that you can find gold legally. If you are prospecting on privately owned land, make sure to obtain the permission of the landowner first. You can legally prospect for gold on land that you own, if you also own the mineral rights to that piece of property.

Where To Find Gold

Although much of the gold in the American West was mined during the Gold Rush of the nineteenth century, there is still gold to be found if you know where to look. When looking for gold in a river, look for gravel bars that have recently been formed by flooding. Gold is a heavy metal so it sinks quickly, so it is often found in areas of deep gravel. Also look for high benches, which are patches of gravel located on the wall of a canyon. High benches are formed when a stream cuts deep into a canyon and leaves areas of gravel in its wake.

Panning For Gold

One of the easiest methods for finding gold is to pan in a river or stream. The only tool you need for this method is a good gold pan, which functions as an effective gold-catching device and acts as does bedrock in nature. Through natural separation of particles with the lightest on top and the heaviest, gold, settled at the lowest point.

Once you have found a likely place to pan for gold, simply fill your gold pan about three-quarters full with gravel. Next, stand over the water and submerge your pan in the water, and make sure all of the contents of the pan are fully saturated. After everything in the pan is wet, shake the gold pan from side to side, and sweep away the rocks that rise to the top. You will not sweep any gold out of the pan because only the lighter rocks rise to the top of the pan. When you get to the bottom of your pan, only the heaviest minerals will remain, carefully remove the dark material, black sands, from your pan to reveal your gold.

Get out here and get prospecting!  You will have a blast looking for gold!

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How To Market Gold & Silver For The Hobby Prospector

Congrats on finding enough to even consider selling!!  Even though that makes prospecting no longer a hobby make sure you keep having fun in whatever you do!  I hope this helps you market and convert your gold into currency (though not sure why you would)…sorta defeats the purpose…Shocked

For the best returns:
If you have nuggets, you will be to sell them direct to jewelers or customers at trade/gun shows!

For flake/fine gold, get some nice looking vials (like these)and retail them

Gold, Hematite :: Locality: Dutchman Mine (Fly...

Gold, Hematite :: Locality: Dutchman Mine (Flying Dutchman Mine), Bouse, Plomosa District, Plomosa Mts, La Paz County, Arizona, USA (Locality at mindat.org) :: Size: 6.9 x 4.1 x 3.7 cm. :: STRIKING, rich, golden-yellow gold flakes are densely scattered on hematite matrix on this very showy and rich specimen from a less well-known Arizona locality – the Dutchman Mine, Bouse, La Paz County. Old-time and excellent material. Ex. John Ydren Collection. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

at trade/gun shows.  Some rumors are you can sell gold at more than 100% above spot since a vial may only have a few pennyweight in actual gold weight.

These options are ideal though you will trade time you could be getting more gold…though even if you “partner” and wholesale with someone already attending shows, you could probably more than double spot price as a few good flakes in a vial are quite attractive…with very little gold weight.

The less profitable option, will probably be a discount to spot prices due to karat quality, if you do a google search on the companies in the LBMA certified refiner list below (there are several in the USA), you will quickly get contact info to find out:

  1. Do they buy “raw” gold?
  2. What is their minimum quantity?
  3. How much are they paying?
  4. Can you speak with a few references?

As the primary international association which certifies/accredits smelters/refiners and writes the standards for them…The London Bullion Market Association…

…is the London-based trade association that represents the wholesale gold and silver bullion market in London. London is the focus of the international Over-the-Counter (OTC) market for gold and silver, with a client base that includes the majority of the central banks that hold gold, plus producers, refiners, fabricators and other traders throughout the world.

The following is a list of refiners of gold whose large bars were found to meet the required standard when originally tested. updated regularly,  http://www.lbma.org.uk/pages/index.cfm?page_id=29#currentau

As the primary international association which certifies/accredits smelters/refiners and writes the standards for them it appears…The London Bullion Market Association…

The LBMA is the London-based trade association that represents the wholesale gold and silver bullion market in London. London is the focus of the international Over-the-Counter (OTC) market for gold and silver, with a client base that includes the majority of the central banks that hold gold, plus producers, refiners, fabricators and other traders throughout the world.

Their list of worldwide refiners…updated regularly, Gold Refiner List and Silver Refiner List

This post is intended to educate and help.  IT IS NOT AN ENDORSEMENT, always remember… Caveat Emptor!!! 

GOOD LUCK & HAPPY SELLING!!

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Equipment For Recreational Gold Prospecting

So what exactly do you need in your bag to get started prospecting for gold and treasure…here’s our list for the recreational/occasional prospector.  Continue reading

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Equipment for Faster Processing of Gold

GA gold panning

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During our on-line e-prospecting research this past winter to better prepare for the summer/fall gold prospecting work, we stumbled onto a formerly forgotten potential gold area. When we explored the area in May/June waiting for stream-levels to drop, we discovered old tunnels and cabin ruins, the remnants of several years work on the old claims just upstream…and low and behold our sample panning gave color from the very first pans. Now what? Continue reading

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Prospecting For Gold Gear

Not being able to find funny enough shirts to show off our love for the gold prospecting experience, we made up our own.  For all the designs, please visit our store here.  

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How Far Has Your Gold Traveled

How Far has Your Gold Traveled in a Glaciated Area?

When you prospect for gold, have you ever panned some gold color and looked at it closely with a geologist’s loupe?  If so, you can discover some wonderful information about the gold in your pan. How far it has traveled before it was caught in your pan! Continue reading

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Found Old Mine Drift While Prospecting Now What?

Prospecting Activity

While waiting for the streams to settle down so we canillustration clip art of search symbol question mark held by orange man do some panning and sluicing, I spent some time on high-ground this past weekend looking for, finding, and exploring my first hardrock drift and quartz vein. Now what do I do? Continue reading

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Geology Primer

Wind erosion

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Here is a good five minute primer on basic geology/rock formation…understanding erosion and depositation will help in your gold prospecting and possibly even your treasure hunting.

Earth History:  Rocks and Paleo Earth (the first five minutes of this ten minute video are best)

Hat tip to AmusedVermin over at the forum of goldprospectors.org for the video link and Ed-u-my-Cajun.

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Treasure & Gold Hunting Research Sources

Kodaikanal topo map

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Found some great new sources today which we hadn’t found before despite our heavy internet e-prospecting…want a topo maps from 1850 to 1920…found them.   Want to cross-reference a geographic name that may have changed over the years…got them.  Talk about fantastic resources for the treasure hunter and gold prospector! Continue reading

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Two Prospecting Trips–Cabins, Wolves, Color

Alright…it was a great prospecting week last week.  Two full day trips, lots of challenges to sort out and testing our e-prospecting research for gold and treasures.  While winter still owns the higher elevations, the streams are discharging lots of water and we look forward to late July and August finds of gold and treasure.

Lessons Learned: Continue reading

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