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Market Spotlight: Platinum in Demand

Platinum has run to record highs this year, but it’s not a rush of demand for wedding bands that has boosted prices. It’s diesel.

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Nevada's Silver City Gold District—Part I


The name Silver City is quite ironic as it doesn’t really fit the area’s metal production. The area encompassing the Silver City district is a great, stand-alone gold district, where the production value of gold has been much more than that of silver. Since the initial discovery of gold-bearing veins in the mid-1850s, the area has been a center of continuous small and large-scale gold production.

Give That Club Claim A Chance


My first trip to the claim was the tip-off that there might be larger gold to be found. I brought my puffer drywasher and my dad to a local prospecting club outing that was held at the claim.

Greaterville, Arizona


One of the best-known placer gold localities in southern Arizona is at Greaterville, 45 miles, by road, southeast of downtown Tucson. The site of mile-high Greaterville is in grasslands and oak woodlands, on the east flank of the Santa Rita Mountains.

The Treasure Detective—Part II


GNIS is an acronym for the “Geographic Names Information Service” that is maintained by the United States Geological Survey. The database catalogs and standardizes place names in the United States. This information set has nearly 2,000,000...

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• California Senator proposes locking up 2.5 million acres with "Wildnerness" designation
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The Significance of Boulders in Placer Deposits


The good news about boulders is they can trap heavy minerals. The bad news is moving them out of the way can be a real struggle.

A Primer on Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies—Part II


We’ll conclude by digging a bit more into the regulations and pitfalls, and discuss what they are used for, their relationship to gold, and what the future holds.

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