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Calico Mine


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Ask The Experts—Amalgamation


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Jury: Gov't Rightfully Seized 1933 Gold Coins


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Reminder: Annual Claim Filings Due


Mining claimants who wish to retain their mining claims on Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service lands through the 2021 assessment year must pay a maintenance fee or file a maintenance fee waiver certificate on or before September 1…

Melman on Gold & Silver


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