Tasmania’s Crazy Gold Law: You Can Find It, But The Government Keeps It

In historical gold rushes in the US it was taken for granted that finders are keepers and losers are weepers. If you find the gold, you get to keep it all. But what if you were just collecting gold on behalf of the government? That’s the state of prospecting in Tasmania, an island state of Australia in the South Pacific, thanks to a strange 1995 law.

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Tasmanian finds $2,000 of gold PER DAY using a bottle and a stick

Levi Triffitt makes his longest trip yet to an untouched Tasmanian creek filled with gold. Why do the best gold prospecting videos keep coming out of Tasmania?

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‘The next two days reshaped what I thought was possible with gold prospecting in Tasmania’ – Rob Parsons Finds $10,000 in Gold in Hours with “Lazy Technique”

In a recent video on Youtube, which received over 125,000 views in just 10 days, Youtuber Rob Parsons finds ounces of gold in Tasmanian river “untouched for over 100 years” in just a few hours using this “lazy technique!”

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Buy Todd Hoffman’s Gold: Exclusive Nuggets from Mammoth Valley

Learn how you can buy exclusive gold and gold nuggets from Todd Hoffman’s Mammoth Valley Claim, as featured in the hit show Hoffman Family Gold. Explore the unique offerings available, and uncover the fascinating connection between Todd’s land-based gold and our Bering Sea Paydirt.


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Discover the best Gold Paydirt on Amazon as we sift through the options to bring you top-notch choices! Delve into detailed reviews, pros, cons, and real customer insights to find the ideal paydirt for an exhilarating gold panning adventure. Upgrade your treasure hunting game now!

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Make Money with Gold: 12 Creative Ways for Prospectors to Cash In

Discover how to make money with gold through 12 creative ways for gold prospectors, including real-life success stories and handy getting started tips. Learn unconventional gold selling methods and ways to profit without selling your gold. See how everyday prospectors turn their passion into a rewarding adventure!


Different Types of Gold – The Field Guide

Embark on a captivating journey through the world of gold, as we reveal the secrets behind the different types of gold, from tiny flour gold to crystalized gold. This field guide will have you prospecting and identifying gold formations like a true expert. Uncover the fascinating details and easily identify the rarest types of gold.

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We’re Emily and Alex – Alaskan gold dredgers, and the founders of Bering Sea Paydirt. Our mission is to encourage people to seek treasures of all kinds with practical guides, inspiring stories from the field, and conversations with your favorite modern day treasure hunters.

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The Complete Guide to Prospecting for Placer Gold in the Desert

Everything you need to know about finding gold in the desert. From what to look for, the tools you’ll need and how to get on the gold!

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Is Gold Magnetic? How to Use a Magnet to Spot Fake Gold

Unlock the power of diamagnetism and learn how to spot fake gold like a pro with a simple tool. Discover the prospector’s secret weapon in this informative and entertaining article. Get ahead of the game and don’t be fooled again.

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The Best Sluice Boxes You Can Get on Amazon in 2023

Looking for the best sluice box on Amazon for your gold prospecting adventures? We list the top-rated options with real user reviews with pros and cons. Find the perfect sluice box for you today

Lode vs. Placer vs. Alluvial Gold

Lode, Placer, and Alluvial, oh my! Which type of gold should I mine?

Discover the differences between lode and placer gold deposits and the unique characteristics of each. Learn about the tools and techniques used to mine these deposits. Discover which is easier to mine from real gold miners.

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Monthly Average Price of Gold (Updated March 2023)

Stay updated on Monthly Gold Price Averages with our comprehensive chart featuring daily prices and monthly averages. Check back each month for the latest data.

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Slumach’s Lost Mine: The Elusive Cursed Fortune of Pitt Lake

A curse, unsolved mysteries, lost gold, and disappearances in the wilderness – the legend of Slumach’s lost mine has captivated adventurers for over a century. Discover the thrilling tale of this elusive treasure and the seekers who risked it all in search of it.

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Everything We Know about Bering Sea Gold Season 16

Get ready for an adventure on the icy waters of the Bering Sea! Find out everything we know so far about Bering Sea Gold Season 16, including who’s back and who’s new. Keep checking back for updates on Bering Sea Gold Season 16 news and information!

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Record Rain & Snow Brings a New Gold Rush to the West in 2023

Experts say highly unusual weather will likely make 2023 the most fruitful gold prospecting in the last decade! Learn the secrets of finding gold after flooding with our expert guide.

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10 places where you can find BIG gold nuggets (VIDEO PROOF)

The old timers didn’t find all the gold nuggets. People today are still finding BIG nuggets all over the world. In this list we’ll show you exactly where people are finding them. Who knows? Maybe you’ll make the next edition of this list.

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Family Friendly Places to Pan for Gold With Kids

Discover family-friendly places to pan for gold while learning about history! Our article lists the best destinations where kids and adults can experience the thrill of gold prospecting together. Explore these educational and fun activities that will make for an unforgettable family adventure!

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Bering Sea Gold Season 15 is now on Discovery+

When the return of Bering Sea Gold Season 15 was announced fans were excited to see their favorite Alaskan gold dredgers hit the water. The wait is finally over! The entire season of BSG Season 15 is now out on Discovery+, so you can binge all its super-sized episodes.

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Where is the purest gold in the world found? This isolated country…

If you can get past the fact that everything wants to kill you, it’s also where you’ll find the purest gold and gold nuggets in the world, with an average purity of around 93-98%. Some legendary nuggets from this country have been known to have a purity of over 99%!

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What is a Troy Ounce?

How much does an ounce of gold really weigh? What’s the difference between an ounce and a troy ounce? Did you know a troy ounce has more grams?

How to Test the Purity of Gold Nuggets & Placer Gold Dust

How to Test the Purity of Gold Nuggets & Placer Gold Dust

We know that gold found in nature isn’t 100% pure. But the good news is testing the purity of your gold can be cheap, easy and fun. And you can do it right from your home! So in this guide we’re going to give you four ways you can test the purity of your gold. Two of these methods can be done at home, and two can be done with the help of a professional.

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How Pure Are Gold Nuggets?

Gold nuggets, also known as placer gold, are never 100% pure. A nugget can be as low as 50% pure gold or as high as 95%. Read our guide!

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The Only Gold Purity Charts You’ll Ever Need

Are “Karats” different from “Carats” and how pure are common jewelry alloys? What is considered investment-grade gold purity? How pure is the gold found naturally in the ground? And which country has the purest nuggets? These charts are all about gold purity!

Where to Pan for Gold in Alaska on Your Vacation

19 Places to Pan for Gold in Alaska on Your Vacation (with maps)

Alaska is every prospector’s dream, whether you want a real backcountry mining experience, or to pan gold with a beer and a stunning view. Here are 19 places you can find gold on your next vacation to Alaska, divided into five categories based on the experience you want!

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What Gold Pan is Best for Panning?

The gold pan is an essential tool for both novice prospectors and seasoned veterans panning for gold. It’s the first and last tool used in gold prospecting. Which ones do real gold prospectors use?

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The Real, Insane Story of the Nome Gold Rush

The Nome Gold Rush was Alaska’s one true gold rush. Like all major gold discoveries, it’s a story of greed, violence, and a few very fortunate men. Unlike other gold rushes, Nome was a poor man’s paradise. A loophole in the local laws and the unique geology meant EVERY MAN had the chance to find gold. It’s still like that today.

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Emily Riedel’s Gold Rush Getaway! Summer 2023

We’re inviting 20 people to join us on this all-inclusive trip to Nome, Alaska to mine gold with Emily Riedel at AKAU Gold Camp in the summer of 2023! Prospect gold on historic gold rush claims and get an exclusive tour of the Eroica gold dredge operation! Book fast – there are only a few spots left.

A Tale of Two Prospectors

A tale of two prospectors

On a beautiful early summer day, high up in the mountains somewhere out West, two prospectors were hunting for gold. They were very alike, these two prospectors. Except one would fill a jar with gold, and one would give up and let his tools collect dust. What made the difference?

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What is placer gold and how much is it worth?

What is placer gold? Isn’t gold just gold? Placer gold is the type of gold you see them mining for on popular tv shows and is different from lode gold.

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Why is there gold in the Bering Sea?

Everyone has a theory as to how gold made its way into the Bering Sea. We assembled the most likely and most outrageous ones for you!

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5 Things We Learned About Shawn Pomrenke From Mike Rowe

Mike Rowe, narrator of Bering Sea Gold and star of Dirty Jobs, interviews Mr. Gold himself, Shawn Pomrenke on his podcast The Way I Heard It With Mike Rowe.

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Melting Gold into Bars with a TIG Welder

We experimented and found out that yes, we can in fact make our own gold bars with a TIG welder. Here’s how you can, too.

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Emily Riedel

Why is Jane Kilcher on Bering Sea Gold? (EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH JANE)

We were just two small town Alaskan girls on Discovery shows. Then I met Jane. Now? We’re still that, but, like, we hang out a lot more.

9 Spots You Can Still Pan Gold in the American River with Map

9 Spots to Pan Gold Near Sacramento in the American River (map)

9 places you can go panning in the American River with images, maps, and reviews from the community. No claim or permissions needed!

Who owns the Tomcod Claim? 2022
Emily Riedel

Who owns the Tomcod Claim in Bering Sea Gold?

And why doesn’t Shawn Pomrenke just kick Kris Kelly off “his” claim? Well, it isn’t that simple…

Kris Kelly Excavator Dredge Mistress

Man Mines Kris Kelly’s Mistress, Makes Gold

Kris Kelly’s The Mistress vs Shawn Pomrenke’s Myrtle Irene – Who has more gold on their deck? Bryan Wilder, from American Gold Prospectors and Diver for Vernon Adkison, finds out!

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Strike Gold with These 12 Gifts for Prospectors

The best gifts for gold prospectors and gold miners. Not sure what to get the gold prospector or anyone who loves gold? Our guide will help you get them the perfect gift that they’ll love.

20 Rivers with Gold Where You Can Go Panning in North America

20 Rivers With Gold Where You Can Go Panning in North America (With Maps)

There are rivers with gold all over the country. Here’s a list of 20 where you can go pan some for yourself – with maps and videos for proof!


‘Scr*w the beach! We should come here from now on’: Man Mines Deck of Shawn Pomrenke’s Myrtle Irene, Finds BIG Gold

Bryan Wilder of American Gold Prospectors takes “mining the miners” to the next level by mining dirt from deck of Pomrenke’s Myrtle Irene.

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Emily Riedel

Emily Riedel’s Guide to Building a Bering Sea Gold Diver Dredge

So you want to go to Nome and build a diver-operated suction dredge? Congratulations, you’re our kind of crazy. Here are the basics you need to pull hundreds of ounces of gold a year off the ocean floor.

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New Season of Bering Sea Gold! Premiere Date Announced!

The new season of Bering Sea Gold is airing on Discovery Channel on Tuesday, December 6th, 2022 at 8 p.m. ET/PT!

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‘I never thought I’d find anything like this in my lifetime’ – Two New Zealanders metal detect MONSTER 3.98 ozt gold nugget

Two friends from New Zealand find “the nugget of a lifetime” in a creek on their claim. “I really have no words to explain this,” one says,” but this is the biggest piece of gold we have ever found.”

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Is gold paydirt worth it? (5 reasons it is, 2 reasons it’s not)

After talking to hundreds of customers and testing different offers, I can confidently give you five reasons gold paydirt IS worth buying, and two reasons it is NOT.

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‘That’s better than I’ve done pretty much anywhere else in the entire world, and I’ve been all over the place looking for gold’: Man finds 23 REAL diamonds and gold dust in NYC Diamond District sidewalks

The immigrants coming to Ellis Island once thought the streets of America were paved with gold. That’s true of one street: New York City’s Diamond District at the corner of 5th Ave and 47th St in Manhattan. Prospector Shane Klesh shows us just how rich the ground is there in a viral video.

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Gold Sniping: How to Find Gold Nuggets Underwater

Instead of focusing on bigger machines moving more dirt, the gold sniper finds individual nuggets, like a marksman. Here’s how you can do it!

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‘I was just about to get out and I just found another one! And it’s bigger!’: Man snipes two gold nuggets worth $450 in local river

In a viral video with over 10 million views, PioneerPauly is seen sniping two beautiful gold nuggets worth $450 after record flooding in the Sooke River. We talked to PioneerPauly about his great find.


The Ultimate Gold Prospecting Guide – How to Find Gold Like a Pro

Want to know how to find gold? Our Ultimate Guide to Gold Prospecting will help you with how to find gold, what equipment you need and everything else to get you on your gold prospecting journey.

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How to Find the Right Gold Paydirt for You

Real gold paydirt is a fun way to prospect at home! But watch out, because not all gold paydirt sold online is a good deal. Before you buy that bag, know what to expect.

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What Happened to Hank Schimschat? Exclusive Interview!

Hank Schimschat was on Bering Sea Gold for 2 season before disappearing, In our exclusive interview he tells us what happened and what he’s been doing since.

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How They Film the Underwater Footage on Bering Sea Gold

Executive Producer for Bering Sea Gold, Eric Lange share how they get all that amazing underwater footage we see on the show.

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EXCLUSIVE Shawn Pomrenke Reveals Plans for the Mega Dredge After Years of Silence!

Shawn Pomrenke tells us exactly what is happening with the Mega Dredge! Fans have been wondering and we’ve got the answer straight from Mr. Gold himself!

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What is Jungle Gold? The Craziest Gold Mining Show Ever

Jungle Gold debuted on the Discovery channel in 2012. It was two short seasons of mining disasters, issues with locals, armed militias and wild accusations

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Fatherhood According to the Cast of Bering Sea Gold

We’re celebrating Father’s Day by taking a look at the Cast of Bering Sea Gold and how the fathers on the show stack up.

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Claim Jumpers & Crooked Politicians – Nome Gold Rush History Pt 2

The Nome Gold Rush History, pt 2. A Corrupt Judge and Greedy Politicians try to steal the best claims in Nome, Alaska in the least known Nome conspiracy

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The Beginning of the Nome Gold Rush (In Pictures)

The Nome Gold Rush lasted officially from 1898 until 1909. In the first part of this multiple part series we look at the beginning of the Nome Gold Rush.

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Bering Sea Gold Season 15 Preview Part 2

We Breakdown the Bering Sea Gold Season 15 Preview that we didn’t cover in the Fight Edition! With more drama, special guests and a new dredge? Check it out!

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Zeke Tenhoff is Engaged!

Congratulations to our Mad Scientist, Zeke Tenhoff as he made a major announcement on social media, he’s engaged!

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Steve Riedel Was Right: Cold IS Gold

A new look at the now infamous moment when Bering Sea Gold Steve Riedel turned down the divers water temperature. Is Steve really a genius?

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Gold Highbanking: An Ounce a Day Mining the Beaches of Nome

When the weather is too rough to dredge on the Bering Sea what’s a miner to do? Gold Highbanking on the beaches of Nome to help keep gold in their pockets.

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The Most Important Part of Dredging You Never See on Bering Sea Gold: Pre-season

May is Gold Dredging Pre-Season. Find out what goes into getting a gold dredge ready for the summer, there is a lot to do before the dredge goes in the water.

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Bering Sea Gold Season 15 Preview – Fight Edition!

On The Dirt, we breakdown the Bering Sea Gold Season 15 preview fight! Who was fighting who on the dock? We finally see Kris Kelly’s new dredge.

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Where do gold miners (like the guys from Gold Rush) sell their gold?

As gold miners ourselves, we can tell you the three main ways gold diggers like us sell their gold. Usually it’s a question of how much do they need cash and how honest they want to be. Speaking of, don’t tell the IRS about #1…

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My Official Baby Announcement by Emily Riedel

Announcing the birth of Emily Riedel and husband, Alex Trokey’s baby girl Evelyn

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Parker Schnabel Tells You How to Work for Him in Facebook Video

Parker Schnabel of Gold Rush has been giving advice on how to get your start as a miner, and we’re going to sum up those points for you here in our latest guide

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Vernon Adkison Dominated the 2020 Offshore Lease Auction – Is He Trying to Buy Up All the Offshore Gold in Nome?

Vernon Adkison dominated the 2020 offshore gold lease auction by buying 8 of the 11 leases for sale – winning by a HUGE margin. But why didn’t he buy them all?

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5 Biggest Mistakes New Gold Dredgers Make in Nome, Alaska

Every season, people come to Nome to mine for gold and fail. Here are the 5 biggest mistakes new gold dredgers make and how to avoid them.

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Emily Riedel

Finding Gold in the Bering Sea: Emily’s Prospecting Strategies on Lease 14

We want to teach you everything we know about finding gold offshore in Nome. Here are Emily Riedel’s strategies for prospecting on lease 14.

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How to Get a Job as a Bering Sea Gold Diver: The Ultimate Guide

Ever wondered how to get a job as a Bering Sea Gold diver? This is our complete how-to guide detailing the pay, lifestyle, dangers, skills needed, and more…

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NEXT SEASON: Shawn Pomrenke’s heroic rescue during Bering Sea storm!

Are we going to see another heroic rescue of a boat in danger on this upcoming season of Bering Sea Gold? Is Shawn Pomrenke a superhero?

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Everything You Wanted to Know About Cleaning the Sluice Box

All your questions about cleaning the sluice box answered: How often do you clean the box? How long does it take? And how do you stop people from stealing gold?

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Why Ice Mining Sucks (according to Emily Riedel)

Here’s what you didn’t know about the ice mining season, the dangers of the job, and why the government stops ice miners on April 15th for their own safety.

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Who owns the offshore gold mining claims in Nome that they dredge in Bering Sea Gold?

People often wonder who owns all the offshore gold mining claims featured in Bering Sea Gold? The answer might surprise you. Here’s your definitive guide.

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Did Kris Kelly Quit Gold Diving?

Kris Kelly looks to be building a bucket dredge does this mean he’s given up driving for gold and is going to scoop it up instead?