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$50 Million in Gold From 1857 Shipwreck Approved for Sale

The gold is all for sale. Just one tiny coin alone could go for $1 million because of its combination of rarity and the history behind it...

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Sixteen to One Gold Mine: Unique Challenges and Potential Rewards - Pt I


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Gold of Plumas County


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California: The Land of Big Nuggets—Part II


There are a number of Tertiary river channels in the area, most of which trend south-southwest. They tend to be steep, narrow, and rich with coarse gold.

Gold Depositiion and Gradients of Placer Streams—Part II


The steeper the gradient is, the more potential erosive power to move gold and other bedload sediments, and the more power to remove obstacles to flow.

Benches and Fossil Placers


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