Gold in the United States of America

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Gold in the United States of America

Thanks to our friends at Gold Eagle for sponsoring this piece.

The United States has always had a love affair with the yellow metal. It all started in Stafford, Virginia in 1782, when Thomas Jefferson documented the first gold discovery himself.

Since then, Americans have been searching for gold far and wide. The California Gold Rush brought hundreds of thousands of people to the West in search of new found wealth. Years later, many more ventured into Alaska’s wilderness to hit it rich.

Even today, there is a modern gold rush in Nevada, where the five biggest gold mines (by contained oz) are located. The US produced 8.2% of the world’s gold in 2013, which puts it in third place for annual production.

It’s also no secret that the US also holds the largest reserves of gold today, primarily located in the Fort Knox and Federal Reserve Bank of New York depositories. Between the two locations, a hefty 8,133.5 tonnes of gold are vaulted.

The future is still bright for gold in America: in fact, just three undeveloped deposits in Alaska (Pebble, Donlin, and Livengood) hold a potentially game-changing 180,000,000 oz of gold combined.

While it is true that there have been some hiccups along the way, such as Roosevelt’s confiscation of gold in 1933, it is unlikely that America’s fixation on gold will end any time soon.

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  • Bob Johnson

    The first gold discovered in California was earlier than 1848,
    and even earlier than the Virginia discovery.

    BULLETIN 193
    California Division of Mines and Geology
    Sacramento, California, 1970


    This district is in the southeast comer of Imperial
    County about 50 miles east of El Centro and 10 miles
    northeast of Yuma, Arizona, near the Colorado River
    and west of the Laguna Dam. Nearly all of the gold
    produced here has come from dry desert placer de-
    posits. The value of the total output is estimated at $2
    million. The district was so named because the gold
    was found in small depressions or pots.

    Small-scale mining began here in 1775-80, when
    California was under Spanish rule, and continued into
    the early 1800s when the state was under Mexican

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