Q: What is a mining claim?
A: A mining claim is a parcel of land for which the claimant has asserted a right of possession and the right to develop and extract a discovered, valuable, mineral deposit. This right is his or hers alone.
Q: Why should i be interested in purchasing a mining claim and what is in in for me?
A: Having a mining claim gives you Exclusive Federal rights to minerals on that claim. There are other benefits that go along with this, like the investment potential of having value in the ground. It is better than money. It is "Intrinsic value". I have just a handful of claims that I have prospected and proven (See "About me" page)
Q: What is a Lode (or hard rock) claim?
A: classic veins or lodes having well-defined boundaries. They also include other rock in-place bearing valuable minerals and may be broad zones of mineralized rock. Examples include quartz or other veins bearing gold or other metallic minerals and large volume, but low-grade disseminated gold deposits.
Q: What is a Placer Claim?
A: Every deposit, not located with a lode claim, should be appropriated by a placer location. Traditionally, Placer claims are worked by panning, sluicing, dredging or a wash plant.
Q: What is the difference between a "Patented" and "Un-patented" mining claim?
A: An "Un-patented" mining claim means that the claimant owns the mineral rights. A "patented" claim means the claimant owns the mineral rights and the land. There are no longer patents being issued.
Q: I am interested in one of your mining claims but lack all of the funds to get it. Do you have a solution for me?
A: If you are interested, SERIOUSLY in a mining claim, I can help you to get it. All I need to know is that you are serious about the claim. There is not a single claim that I have sold that I have not spent considerable time with the new owner so he, or she would succeed. This is important to me. Give me a chance and I will prove it.
Q: Can I build on a mining claim?
A: Yes, and no. It depends on your level of mining. Technically (and legally), you can build on an un-patented mining claim.
Q: What are the laws associated with mining and prospecting placer? Can I pan, sluice and dredge?
A: You can pan, sluice and dredge on all the placer claims I have for sale, unless stated in the sale of that claim that there are laws in place for that particular location that you cannot.
If you want to know detailed laws, you can reference this page.
Q: What are the laws associated with mining and prospecting for Hard rock (lode)?
A: The 1872 mining Law is still in effect, but the least amount of surface disturbance the better. Again, I would refer to this page. The key words to remember with a "Mining Operation" is "Surface Disturbance" and to trying to minimize it.
Q: Is there still gold and other valuable mineral left? I thought they got it all.
A: The old timers barely scratched the surface of what is left to be mined. They were after the big gold (the nuggets). They were, for the most part, inefficient with their recovery systems, and as technology evolves we have gotten better at finding the smaller stuff. There is still big gold to be found.
Q: Why would miners leave gold in a mine and quit mining it? That doesn't make sense.
A: There was a time that it was illegal to mine gold. At that time our government needed Copper and lead for the war effort (munitions) and many VERY productive mines big and small shut down. Also, many of these miners got drafted to fight for our country and never came back.
Q: Are there any other minerals that could be found on these claims that I should be aware of?
A: The elements commonly alloyed with gold are silver, copper and platinum group metals (PGM's or PME's) Most of these can be found and are not uncommon at all. There are many more elements associated and found with gold.
Q: Are any of these other elements worth anything, and why are these other valuable elements still around?
A: Although, not as common as most elements, PGM's are very valuable. At the time of this writing, rhodium is at $10,000 per ounce, palladium is at $2,400/ Oz.
Note: Back in the day they used to refer to platinum groups as "trash silver". The miners would find some suspect silver ore, put it on a shovel and stoke the fire to try and get it to melt hoping it was silver. If it didn't melt, they knew it was "trash silver" and would discard it on the waste pile as we had no use for platinum back then.
Q: Are there some examples of claims that you have sold that have real value to them.
A: There are no guarantees in mining and any mining claims that anyone has for sale, but every claim that I have sold, the new owners are VERY satisfied and excited about what they have found and the purchases that they have made. (I have repeat customers)
**I sold a hardrock claim that needs the portal reopened, but has an ore pile on it. That ore pile tested nearly $500,000 in gold and pgm's and the pile is small.
**I sold a placer claim many years back, and the new owner has dredged many ounces from just 1 hole on bedrock, and the whole claim looks to be just as good.
**I sold a placer claim 2 years ago that I tested that the new owners have not worked yet, but when I tested it, in the 1st hardpack layer, in the very first hole I dug, it was paying almost $110/ yd.
**One hardrock claim I sold recently has more platinum than gold and the gold is in high concentrations. This claim has so much potential and the new owner is very excited. This was a blind lode that I discovered.
Q: If these mining claims that you have for sale have value to them, why are you selling them and not working them yourself?
A: The amount of claims that I have and prospects that may end up being claims, is more than I could work in 100 lifetimes.
Also, I enjoy seeing other people be excited about the purchase that they have made or may be making. This is why I invite you to call me to talk prospecting and I always help the buyer after the sale. (This is why I do not offer "Services" that you would have to pay for). I really do have a desire to see people succeed. I share, freely, what I know and have always been an "open book" about this.
Mining Claim FAQ's