The sun plays peek-a-boo behind the clouds. Two years ago, the stream was dry. Last year it was a trickle. But this winter brought a torrent of water, and with it, nearly 2 feet of new rock and gravel deposits, called overburden, into the pond, and the water has not stopped flowing. With his face right up against the surface, he muscles a submerged boulder aside — pounds by his estimate — to get at the deeper material.
With a choked grip on a short-handled shovel, he fills his gold pan and examines each scoop. His T-shirt is drenched, his hair plastered to his scalp. Mosquitoes land on his neck, and suddenly he flinches as if a pulse of electricity had passed through him. An hour later, shaking from the cold, he wipes his eyes and gathers up his gear in the waning light. Historian H. On the South Fork of Stanislaus River, Tom Mutschelknaus confesses to taking home buckets of concentrate and just letting them sit in the yard.
In a former life, Mutschelknaus worked on the kill floor of a meatpacking plant in South Dakota, then as a cross-country truck driver. A few miles west of here in the s, one especially lucky miner, George Massie, pulled nearly ounces out of the ground and went on to extol recreational gold mining to the rest of the country. Surrounded by live oak, cedar and sugar pine, Mutschelknaus stands in Silver Creek, having reduced three gallons of material to one-and-a-half cups that he swirls in his pan.
On his right hand is a ribbon tattoo in memory of his first wife who died of breast cancer in The afternoon breeze wafts through the canopy overhead, white clouds, blue skies. Mutschelknaus stops panning to listen to a robin. He saw a mountain lion on the road the other day. Once trapped inside the Earth, gold made its way to California when the Pacific plate crashed into the North American plate, heating up layers of sediment, liquefying rocks and creating a soup that flowed to the surface carrying the gold.
Buy low, sell high is his mantra, his hedge against financial uncertainty. Goreham pulls out his purchase tray. His purchases are made from prospectors who scour the nearby hills: plumbers, roofers, air conditioning workers, bank managers, U. Forest Service employees, chiropractors and a few who live off the grid.
When strangers call looking for advice, saying they quit their day job in the hope of striking it big, he can only despair. Poe, 55, quit his job in as the director of loss prevention for a few retail businesses in the Bay Area. On the other hand, if rates are very low, gold may potentially benefit as it keeps the opportunity cost of holding gold to a minimum. Of course, gold could also move higher even with high interest rates, and it could move lower even during periods of ultra-low rates.
Monetary policy can also affect the gold price. In addition, such QE programs also add to sovereign debt levels, potentially also making hard assets like gold more attractive. Gold is traded all over the globe, and is most often transacted in U. Gold can, however, also be transacted in any other currency after appropriate exchange rates have been accounted for. That CAL-I-FOR-NEE GOLD said, the price of gold is theoretically the same all over the globe. This makes sense given the fact that an ounce of gold is the same whether it is bought in the U.
The price of gold is available around the clock, and trading essentially never ceases. While investors in the U. The market is very transparent, and live gold prices allow investors to stay on top of any significant shifts in price. The current gold price can be readily found in newspapers and online. Although prices per ounce in dollars are typically used, you can also easily access the gold price in alternative currencies and alternative weights.
Smaller investors, for example, may be more interested in the price of gold per gram than ounces or kilos. Larger investors who intend to buy in bulk will likely be more interested in CAL-I-FOR-NEE GOLD gold price per ounce or kilo. Whatever the case may be, live gold prices have never been more readily accessible, giving investors the information they need to make buying and selling decisions.
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