Where to Find Gold!


Be A Gold Digger!

Gold is one of the most precious metals on earth and it is everywhere! It could be right under your feet. It is estimated that only 5% of the worlds gold has been found to date and there are deposits virtually everywhere around the world waiting to be discovered. The price of gold is increasing as well and the top financial experts agree that it is one of the best investments you can add to your portfolio as the dollar becomes more and more unstable.

Gold is expensive and buyers looking to purchase a bullion may have to wait for periods as long as one month as the supply can't currently meet the demand. If you can't afford to purchase gold - why not find it? It's good to be a gold digger!

Turn A Hobby Into A Gold Find!

Metal detectors have been around since the first one was invented by Alexander Graham Bell in 1881. A better, more portable version wasn't made until 1931. They have now become very easy to operate and vary in price ranges and features depending upon what you are looking for.

Metal detectors are made to find things under the ground that are hidden from our vision. There are several different makers and manufacturers and there are about 5 different basic types of detectors. The basic type for an amateur seems to be a general purpose detector that will alert you to many types of coins, relics and treasures. They can identify types of metals such as gold, silver, iron, lead, bronze, brass, aluminum, iron, nickle and copper. They will not work on objects such as pearls, precious gems or paper money. In general most of them will detect metal objects upto 12 inches underground depending on which type you decide to purchase.

Metal detectors can be purchased with filters and options that can allow you to differentiate better between trash and treasure. The sensors can break down the amount and mixtures of different metals in the objects you can't see. The frequency the detectors operate at are important to study. Lower frequencies are supposed to be more sensitive to objects that are made of metals such as copper and silver. Filtering can also affect things like protection for depth and trash rejection, for example.

There are many clubs and tours that a prospector can join to learn more about tips and techniques. Digging for gold is a hobby that people share all over the globe. It isn't an expensive hobby and you do not have to continually purchase items to add to your collection. You find them for free in your spare time and add money to your collection rather than spending to buy another item.

The basic items a gold digger needs are:

  • A book about gold coins and prospecting
  • A good map of the area you will be searching
  • A Compass (and know how to use it!)
  • A metal detector (consult an expert to find out which is best for you)
  • Small digging equipment such as a spade or trowel
  • A means of communication with the outside world for your safety

As you can see anyone, including children, can enjoy this hobby. It is fun for the entire family.

"Happiness is your own treasure because it lies within you." ~Prem Rawat

Searching for buried treasure is a great hobby but before you go prospecting you will need to make sure you are careful about where you search. Permission is necessary to search anyone else's property - especially if you plan to dig on the land and take something away. If the area you are interested in is privately owned you will need to ask the owner or manager of the property for permission.

It is almost always illegal to search on land that has been deemed Historical property.

If the land is owned by the city a good start might be your local Parks and Recreation Department. If the State or Federal government owns the property you might get help by asking the groundskeeper or whoever supervises the property.

Treasure hunting can be addictive and while I advocate this as a recreational hobby some people to to extremes and their lives become a quest for the big find. People have died and been injured on their thirst for lost valuables. A 28 year old woman in Tokyo saw the movie Fargo and died in her quest to find the million bucks that she was sure was buried in the woods in the North Dakota snow. This is a true story. Apparently even authorities and her friends tried to convince her that the movie wasn't real. She died trying to prove them wrong. Have fun in your search but don't get too greedy!

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DzyMsLizzy 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

Fun! We have a metal detector, and is is supposed to discriminate for gold. When using it on the beach some years back, we discovered that there is apparently "some" real gold (gold leaf, perhaps?) in the foil that covers champagne bottle corks, for those are what we unearthed when the "gold" sound went off. We were somewhat nonplussed at this discovery.

I plan to get the thing out again, for we live in a sandy area...should be interesting.

Voted up, interesting and useful.

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi DzyMsLizzy! Thank you! I love looking for treasure! lol I have not gotten very lucky - I have mostly found things like beer tabs and caps and aluminum! I haven't done it in a long time either but now I a want to go back out!

I think beach areas would be fabulous - oh and they did say you can get special detectors for underwater and beach grounds too. I recently bought a book for my kids about ship wrecks and there is a ton of treasure yet to be dicovered in the oceans:) I bet all kinds of stuff washes up. They say that is why you should continue to search the same areas especially if erosion or storms have shifted the ground below.

Thanks so much!! Good luck I hope you strike it rich!

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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

I bought a metal detector years ago to search the ranch here. I found an old tractor seat, a really old and very small stirrup from a saddle, a few rusty nails and flotsam. It was fun.

Supposedly, I live in the general area where the outlaw Sam Bass was supposed to have hidden his stolen $20 gold pieces (75 of them). He took them from a Wells Fargo stagecoach and they have never been recovered.

I'm also suspiciously positive there is a cave hidden on my property. I called the TX spelunker society but they never came out. I should try again. Maybe the Sam Bass gold is in the cave!

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Ardie 5 years ago from Neverland

Oh, I totally want to do this!!! I bet nobody's ever searched my 15 acres and I could be sitting on a gold mine. Could you imagine?! I'd still write of course but I'd have a much nicer office :D

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Austin - I would be out there every day! lol Omg - you never know and Texas is probably loaded with hidden stash from the wars! Some guy found a strong box on his land and it had 4 bills rolled up in butcher paper - 2 were issued before the civil war and one was a 1000 bill! They were in great condition too...I would be all over that!

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Ardie - I knew you had lots of wooded property so I was wondering if you and your girls ever did this for fun. It is so great - I love doing stuff outdoors and little girls love buried treasure! lol I have to get a new one - mine broke! I bought my nephew one too:) lol You will have to update me if you go and come back and tell us what treasure you find!! You just never know what could be buried - check out the links below and all the crazy stuff people find!

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Cagsil 5 years ago from USA or America

Hey RealHousewife, pretty cool hub. I used to sell metal detectors in one of the jobs I had and the stories I had customers come back and tell me were pretty cool. I had once thought about using a metal detector as a hobby, but it was something that came and went. LOL! :) Great hub and thank you for adding my hub. :) Voted up! :)

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Cagsil! Really? That is pretty cool! I could not have resisted buying one and going out looking for stuff - even if it turns out not to be valuable the chase is a thrill:) lol. Hey they say a litle gold nugget can be worth thousands - don't miss the boat:).

Thanks so much!

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mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

I would love to go gold digging. I think that sounds really fun :-) Of course making money on the side wouldn't be bad either ;-) Very interesting hub... i didn't realize how little of the world's gold has been found. Another fun topic and entertaining hub :-)

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Yes It is amazing isn't it Myth! I had no idea either. I love the idea of what kind of history is tied to the items people find. Let me know if you go and good luck!

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sholland10 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

My husband retired from the military when he was 45. I wanted to get him a metal detector, but he found out (loud mouth kids) and told me he didn't want to be an old man in the park with his metal detector. LOL I on the other hand think it would be great fun!! I love to find four leaf clovers, so using a metal detector would probably be obsessive about it. :-) Great hub! Voted up!!

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey sholland - yeah I think it is super interesting. I think we can learn a lot about history and some people have unearthed some really cool stuff!

I have watched shows about unearthing sunken ships and shows about the Bremuda Triangle - I am a junky when it comes to this stuff. I remember looking for four leaf clovers - and feeling like I hit the jackpot when I found one! lol

Thanks so much for the read and votes!

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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man

A well written and most informative hub. I know a man who has one of these and he uses it on the beach. He has found all sorts of things especially coins that people have dropped but no gold nuggets. He loves it and I suppose it is a form of self hypnosis. It keeps him out of the pub and it is an excuse for him to get out of the house :)

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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Al and the boys watch that TV show Gold Rush Alaska. Now they want to go and dig for gold. My mother in law bought a metal detector and she did find on the beach in Florida a bracelet that appeared to be diamonds, only later to find out they were zirconia, but good quality ones. At one time at Knotts Berry Farm in California they had gold panning, not sure if anyone every actual found anything though.

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Susan - I love that show! lol I also like Swamp People:) I would love to go do that! I wonder how Knotts did? That sounds really fun - there is a diamond mine somewhere about 5 hours from me and people can go and dig for diamonds. There have been some great finds out there - you just never know - but you can't win if you don't play!! lol

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writer20 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

Very recently two men found a little gold in the desert here. voted up and interesting

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi 20! That is so cool! I would love to just find a little tiny bit:) Just enough to fill up my purse! lol Thank you so much!

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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

Wow the Fargo thing is unreal. Hard to believe someone could be that naive, or maybe locos the right word. Great info on the metal detectors. Saw the other day where a man discovered a Saxon gold hoard in England with one.

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Ruchira 5 years ago from United States


Such a wonderful piece of information esp in this recession...lol

These days even burglars come with a metal detector. That way they are faster in getting this metal :)

Loved the information and how you presented it. voted up by clicking the interesting button.

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neeleshkulkarni 5 years ago from new delhi

i know an easier way to dig for gold.

get introduced to your local multi millionaires widow and get married to her.

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Alastar - don't you wish that it would have been one of us? I would love to find anything! lol A dollar would be fine - a gold one:) lol

I know - the Fargo thing was really weird. I mean that is a long way to go after seeing just a movie! I was hoping you might be able to draw me a map of where the treasure lies in the film the Deep - then lets go find it! lol Thomas can lead the way! Uh oh!

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Ruchira - Oh my goodness! Wow - burglars are getting so sophistocated! lol I suppose it is one way to find the silver.

Thank you - I thought everyone would love to dream about finding some buried treasure:) lol

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Neeleskulkarni -

Now you might be able to do that but I don't think I will be marrying any rich widows anytime soon. However - if she were rich enough - maybe I'd consider it! LOL j/k

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epigramman 5 years ago

..well I always find 'gold' when I arrive here on your scene and dig what you have to say ......

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tammyswallow 5 years ago from North Carolina

Even better tips than those from Yukon Cornelius! This is a wonderful hub. If you don't mind, I am going to link it to my hub on the value of gold. It rocks!

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algarveview 5 years ago from Algarve, Portugal

Great hub, have to show it to my husband, since he always says ever since he was a child he dreamed about having a metal detector. May be we'll make it the family hobby. Voted up.

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Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

I have been watching on TV these places you can go where there is for sure gold and you buy a bucket of dirt for about $5 or so and go through it, you know as the gold diggers use to with a pan and water rinsing over. I would so love to do that.

Fun hub!

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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Unfortunately, there is no metal detector that can tell the difference between a gold nugget and a horseshoe nail. They are a lot of fun, but the only sure way is to dig up every target.

I carry two bags when I'm coin shooting; one for trash and one for valuables. Guess which one fills up first?

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Epi - you silver tongued rascal! lol Thank you so much - for digging it!

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Tammy! Cool thanks and I will link your hub to mine! I didn't know you wrote one on the value of gold - that is so funny - great minds think alike!

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi algarveview - maybe it would make a great gift idea for your husband - and I am sure it would be a big surprise! lol I think lots of men get the fever to find valuable treasure - and it is a really nice fantasy. Thanks so much!

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Jackie - that would be neat to pan for gold. I may do a seperate hub about that - I started to go into here but it got way too long considering the history involved. I have always been interested in mining and the gold rushing. Thank you - for reading and commenting:)

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Will! So you have a metal detector, huh? Very cool - and I can just bet which bag gets full the fastest! haha! You never know though - I would be just as happy to find an old relic or piece of history...I often wonder what is buried in the land around me but I don't own it and I bet MSD and UE pipe is about all that is under my house.

Good luck in your future hunting! I hope you find a huge gold nugget:)

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

Surprise, Kelly! You have won the WWHAFBT. What is it? The World Wide Hubbers Award For Best Title. This was the most intriguing title I've seen in all my borned days. Your views should be astounding. Congrats. And thanks for the info about treasure finders, too.

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Drbj! I hope you are right! lol I do love the thought of finding a huge cache of money and gold with a metal detector! That would be fun. The girls love the thrill of the hunt too:)

Thank you so much!

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

Ok - this is so odd... I read this last week... and I stopped back into check and I didn't comment. That is so unlike me. I must have gotten distracted! :)

I have always wanted a metal detector. I have seen people with them on the beaches before. I just think it would be cool to find little treasures, but like you said, it is very important to not get carried away. What a fun hub! :)

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey I thought you commented too! I don't see my response either tho so it was probably the last one:) lol I was writing so many I don't think anyone could keep up (remember that whole 8 days I did the 30/30? ) lol Bad time for the kids to get sick but my luck as usual.

I thought of a few other uses for a metal detector - like how about if you drop a key outside or an earring on the floor? Practical too! LOL

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

Wait wait... will the metal detector be able to detect an earing... what if it isn't "real" metal! LOL Maybe I should bring it to vegas and see if I can find my earing I lost there! LOL

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Stacy - now we have to go back! We should have thought of that - well go tell Eli to get packing and if he can't hear you because his ears are still clogged write him a sweet note! See ya in Vegas at the Vdara! Haha!

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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

I love gold. Lots of gold. I should get myself a gold detector!:)

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi there Sunshine - well you might get lucky out there - I know lots of people find neat stuff along the beaches that wash up or get lost!

Good luck! I hope you strike it rich!

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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Kel ~ It took me a couple weeks to comment because I have been searching for gold in my back yard. All I can say is the dog crap is now cleaned up :)

Seriously, very cool hub. Why didn't I think of this? I shared this on Pinterest and there already is a comment. But somehow, the pic that shared with it is your pic. And the comment is from a woman who wants your t-shirt, ha!

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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas

I working on my husband to think about developing this new hobby But he is not biting. LOL

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

That cracks me up Sharyn! Lol. Well at least you found some bronze in the back yard!

Seriously though - we are walking on too of a gold mine - you just gotta dig a little! Haha

I love my shirt - I bought it in LA on Melrose strip - it was a little shop acrocc fro LA Ink! My husband loves it too!

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi homestead! Aww he doesn't want to be the digger? Lol. It is too bad because at least this hobby you don't have to spend more - and you might find money or valuables. I've always been interested in treasure hunting. I guess I'm in love with the idea of getting rich quick without having to work real hard for it:) haha! Good luck in convincing him to go find your booty! Haha!

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theking2020 5 years ago

Gold is the true currency of the world, and will forever be. Great article.

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Gold is a treasure for sure and fit for a King:) thanks so much!

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Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

Morning RealHousewife... Thank you for finding and following me. This is a great hub and I agree with you there is gold all around you if you are willing to find it.

I lived in the Yukon years ago and virtually every wate way had colour if you took the time and effort to pan for it. Once you have the fever it is hard not to get hooked.

Hugs from Canada

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Rolly! Thank you so much! I bet living in the Yukon was amazing! I'm going to have to investigate and see if you've written about that yet! I would have the fever so I guess it's a good thing I don't live there:) lol. I'm surprised to see the amount of gold that has NOT been found - why can't I just find one nice rock of it? Lol

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

OK Kelly....Effer here, is about to get REAL corny..so hang on.....I found gold when I found HubPages and all the fascinating people and interesting things to read and learn and share!!! That was my GOLD for 2011-12....

I've found mountains and mountains of gold at other times in other places.....but not that I can turn in for cash!!

I know a lot of people with a heart of gold....and couples about to celebrate their Golden Anniversary....2 of the cutest Golden Retriever puppies up the street...and once in awhile I'll play the GOLD RUSH scratch-off lottery...and my favorite music is Golden Oldies...I know silence is Golden and now and then I enjoy the quiet. I hear "there's Gold in them thar hills,"..but also bears and snakes and spooky things! I had a Gold car once but it was really a piece of junk.

Yeah...there's LOTS of Gold all around us, Kelly. I thought I'd take this Golden Opportunity to tell you this is a GEM of a HUB!!! UP+++

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Effer! Well you look as gorgeous as ever:) lol. Thanks so much!

There is gold everywhere! By golly sounds like you found plenty! I'm going to follow suit and go find some of your kinda gold (except the car - I think I can do without that part!) lol.

I think silence is golden - and I've got 5 girls under 12 here right now - so I'd love some of that!

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Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Hello Realhouse wife,

This hub caught my attention because my husband loves metal detecting. In fact is was featured in a Garret book when he was little for being one of the youngest treasure hunters in the early 70's. His dad and him shared many days of metal detecting. He keeps saying he wants to pick it up again and teach me more about it..I have went a few times. We do most of our hunting on line now for treasures that people want to sale..We now have a business on ebay called RK Treasure center and he is forever posting coins or buying them. Have sold scrapes of gold and silver which do make a little money. It is amazing. Thank you for sharing such a great hub. I will send this to my husband to read too.



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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Sunnie! That is so cool! Awesome! Hey I will get on my computer and link RK Treasure in here!

I just love the thrill of not knowing what you are going to find! My grandfather gor me interested in it. He used to take me out and we had a grand:) time looking for treasure. It's amazing fun! So exciting...and I love the history involved. Peolple very near me have found buttons from the coats of soldiers from the war! The whole site was buried and amazing buts of knowledge we can gleen from our past. I love it!

Im going to go hunt for trashes now now! RK:) lol

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Levertis Steele 4 years ago from Southern Clime

I have wanted to pan for gold since I was a child watching Western movies about gold digging. Most of them had negative incidents involving greed or just ordinary prospecting. Mines caved in or someone tried to take someone's clain. There were often close calls in digging buried prospectors out or trying to save someone's life.

I also remember Buggs Bunny's discovery: "Gawwwllld!"

I do not feel like dealing with all of that drama, but I would love to pan for gold or use a metal detector to search for precious metals in a safe manner and environment. I would also love to search for diamonds, but I do not want to go into a coal mine. I am afraid of the black lung disease. I know! No one is going to dump it into my lap, unless some rich person wants to be generous.

I think I will just stay at home and enjoy my old fantasies about gold finds. I once dreamed of finding a gold castle that might have been sunken into the earth, hopefully not too deeply. I had no idea where to begin looking, but it was fun fantasizing. Perhaps one day I will join a gold rush. Only 5% of the world's gold found! Anything's possible. Now, how in the world would anyone know that there is more gold when it has not yet been found?

What an interesting hub! I voted up, interesting, and useful.

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Levertis Steele - all of that sounds like great fun to me! I'd love to just have a job going around looking for other's lost treasures! I think about all the stuff that's lost - it's gotta be somewhere eh? Things don't just get blown out of the world - they are somewhere! I was just thinking about searching dry creek beds around here with a detector. I know the war ws going on right around here - many years ago. I bet there's a ton of stuff hidden! Lol

I would never want to go into a coal mine either. They have places where you can go a dig for diamonds and it isn't dangerous at all. You should see if there are any near you! Good luck! I hope you find a bundle:)

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