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Beginner's Luck

Their first cleanup total was more gold than they had ever found. These guys were deliriously overjoyed with their good fortune.

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Pocket Gold in Gneiss


Metamorphic rocks such as gneiss and schist are known for their pocket gold deposits. Such pockets may not be large enough for major mining operations, but may be very rewarding for individuals or small companies. Gold-bearing quartz veins may cut gneiss or schist, but often the veins parallel the bedding, or foliation. The origin of mineralized veins, which parallel the foliation, has been kicked around for years.

Melman on Gold & Silver (2008 Year in Review)


Melman article chart.Our December issue is when we take a look backward at the year nearing completion, and this year is no exception. When we do look backward over the past eleven months, all we can say is, “What a year this has been!” And that isn’t meant in a positive...

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Family Sues US Mint for Return of Rare Gold Coins


In a federal lawsuit, a family claims the US Mint illegally seized 10 gold coins that the family had found among a dead relative’s possessions.

The Portable XRF Gun


While there is no metal detector that will see only gold, there is a device that can reliably distinguish gold from lead, copper, iron or other metals. It is an X-Ray fluorescence tester, sometimes called an XRF gun.

A New Look at Old Mines


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Montana Approves Stillwater Expansion Bonds


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