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  1. #1

    Oct 2019
    Tri cities Washington
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    First GOLD......I think?

    New greenhorn here...just starting this hobby. I think I got my first speck. What ya'll think? Click image for larger version. 

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    us
    Nov 2019
    USA
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Good find, congratulations. I hope I’m so lucky too).

  3. #3
    us
    Nov 2010
    High Rockies
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    Looks like a speck o gold to me!
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  4. #4

    Mar 2016
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    If it was the last thing in the pan after CORRECTLY PANNING, you probably have a speck of gold.
    Just saying that because I've seen beginners post pictures of mica that they somehow managed to separate which kind of look yellow in a picture.

    With that said..it looks like gold to me.
    Last edited by IMAUDIGGER; Nov 15, 2019 at 01:57 PM.
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    This Communication HEREBY Serves as OFFICIAL NOTICE That All Messages in This Thread Have Been REVIEWED. FURTHERMORE, All Messages of Positive Nature SHALL IRREVOCABLY Be Considered "LIKED" INSOFAR as Applicable to This Forum. FINALLY, All Discrimination is Strictly PROHIBITED.

  5. #5

    Oct 2019
    Tri cities Washington
    7
    30 times
    Prospecting
    Thanks for opinions. ..I thought it was gold. It didn't "move" around the pan like the others sparklies. Kinda stuck to bottom of pan. Drops fast in a vial too. Definitely see what type of YELLOW now everyone talks about.
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    us
    May 2014
    AZ
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    My go to and what I have told numerous others about a way to identify gold is to check it in full and indirect light. Gold looks like gold under both circumstances. Other elements and minerals show different colors in different lighting.

    Good luck.

    PS Looks like gold.
    If it can't be grown, it must be mined!

  7. #7
    us
    Feb 2015
    Moses Lake WA & Provo UT
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    Looks like it might be, especially if you were panning on the Columbia. I'm from Moses Lake and I know a spot you can try to practice at not very far from you. Welcome to the hunt!
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    us
    Nov 2019
    Minnesota
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    Congrats did u remember to do the Gold-happy dance its important!
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  9. #9

    Oct 2019
    Tri cities Washington
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    No dance but need a new wardrobe nowClick image for larger version. 

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  10. #10
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    Just Another Old Guy

    Feb 2008
    Grays Harbor in Washington state
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    I think so too!!!!! Good going
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    I'm a drinker with a heavy prospecting problem and I'm out of dirt again

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    us
    Mar 2012
    Idaho
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    That's gold but don't spend it all in one place
    Just because you CAN do something, doesn't mean you SHOULD.
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  12. #12

    Mar 2016
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    Quote Originally Posted by Underburden View Post
    That's gold but don't spend it all in one place
    Not to poo poo the find..but I usually call it "fly chit" rather than a speck.
    Last edited by IMAUDIGGER; Nov 15, 2019 at 07:58 PM.
    This Communication HEREBY Serves as OFFICIAL NOTICE That All Messages in This Thread Have Been REVIEWED. FURTHERMORE, All Messages of Positive Nature SHALL IRREVOCABLY Be Considered "LIKED" INSOFAR as Applicable to This Forum. FINALLY, All Discrimination is Strictly PROHIBITED.

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    Ed Tracy

    Jan 2015
    Shoreline,wa
    Equinox 800
    650
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    Prospecting
    What an accomplishment, that is gold, it is not easy to pan material and get a piece like that, very easy to loose such a piece like that, great panning skill. Be proud of yourself. As Owen T. has offered to help you to mine in your area I offer to help you if you come over to the western side of the Cascades. Click image for larger version. 

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  14. #14

    Oct 2019
    Tri cities Washington
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    30 times
    Prospecting
    Thanks for your comments. I had to start somewhere. I was trying to learn with small smashed fishing weights. Golden slippery slope here on out.
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    Ed Tracy

    Jan 2015
    Shoreline,wa
    Equinox 800
    650
    1072 times
    Prospecting
    Finding gold in Washington state is not easy, I know I have doing it for over 50 years but once you master finding it hear and when you go to a richer state you will find at least 4 times what you would find here. My average here is a gram to 1.5 grams per hour sluicing but in California I average 4 grams an hour sluicing. Good luck

 

 
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