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Recent Finds


Black Cat Mining customers, thank you for all the great feedback and support. We love hearing from you, especially about all your great finds, so much that we've created a special section just for you!

To submit your latest finds for inclusion on our website, please send pictures (in focus if at all possible) and stories, as well as name, state and what equipment you used to:


We'll try to get all submissions up as quickly as we can.

In the mean time, here are a few of our favorites:

George H. found this gorgeous 1896 half dollar while swinging a Fisher Gold Bug II on the beaches near Nome, AK. Apparently the old timers used to place mercury covered coins at the bottom of their sluice boxes to capture fine gold. George also found a small nugget nearby, but this half looks like the find of the day! 1896 Half Dollar 1896 Half Dollar Reverse


1937 mercury dimeJon in Missouri dropped us an email the same day he received his metal detector, a Garrett ACE 250, saying no finds yet, but he'd let us know.

A day later he did just that. Within a day of opening the box Jon had found this 1937 Mercury Dime (pictured at left), but it didn't end there, not by a long shot...

14k gold ringSilver is great, but gold is better! A couple days later Jon sent another email with pictures of this 14K gold ring appraised at over $300! In less than a week he'd more than paid off his detector (though I expect a find like that won't be sold)!

Way to go Jon! Now where was it that you were detecting again...?

Randy Oyler sent us this gorgeous gold from 3 days of sluicing with a Proline 50" sluice box on the San Gabriel River in Southern California.



Randy also found this small nugget with rough quartz attached in the same area, here magnified 20x. If you look close you can see it's still pretty rough which means it hasn't traveled far from the source. Somewhere nearby is (or at least was at one time) a weathered hardrock deposit just itching for Randy to zero in on it.

The photo was taken by holding a digital camera up to the eyepiece of a microscope. Nice result!


Have some good finds you'd like to share, maybe a nice nugget or a few good facet quality gems? Send in some pictures! We'll rotate most on the site (higher quality images are a lot easier to make work) and post a few fun stories here as well. All we need is what you found, what you were using and a little story to go with it. Send to that email up above.



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14k Gold Ring

By: Jon in Missouri
Method: Metal Detector




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