Are Mining Claims an Investable Asset Class?

INTRODUCTION For most investors, exposure to alternative assets may include hedge funds, private equity funds, real estate, or crypto currencies. Alternative assets offer unique risk to return profiles and low correlation to broader financial markets than traditional asset classes such as stocks and bonds. Mining claims, which represent a right to explore, develop, mine and […]

10 Ways to Enhance the Value of Your Mining Claims

1. Compile Research The cheapest way to increase the value of your mining claims is to gather research material on your specific property or the nearby mines and district. Many states have a Bureau of Mining or State Geological Survey that can help you with this. Nevada has one of the best. The Nevada Bureau […]

How to Find Old Mines Using Google Earth

Mastering a few tricks on Google Earth and finding the right data can make finding old mines super-easy. Learning a mapping program is essential to success as a prospector or miner. About 10 years ago I took a GIS (Geographical Information Systems) class at the San Diego Community College. They taught me how to use […]

How to Value a Mining Claim

Putting a value on a mining claim can be tough because so much is unknown. How much gold is really in the ground? Will it be economic? What are the positives and negatives that can adjust the valuation? However, there are some good methods for dealing with these uncertainties. Valuing a gold mining claim is […]

5 Tips for Buying an Unpatented Mining Claim

Tip #1: Check Surface Land Management Maps for Public Lands The best way to start your land research is with a surface land ownership map. The BLM sells these maps in paper form, but you can also get them in digital format you can put into mapping programs such as Google Earth. If you want […]

Why Ebay is the Best Place To Buy Mining Claims

I have worked in the mining industry for 18 years and co-founded four junior mining companies including one public company. When I first heard that people were selling mining claims on Ebay I was super skeptical and even dismissive. I thought Ebay would attract too many scams and that the buyers would not be sophisticated […]