Nevada has 71 gold producing districts (with production of greater than 10,000 oz.) per USGS Professional Publication 610 (USGS PP 610) most of these districts are distributed throughout the State. This gallery is arranged alphabetically by county.
Notes on collecting:
Early certificates from Nevada are available but are costly. Later certificates are common and are easily obtained. Nevada has a number of well-known mining districts and there is a lot of interest in Nevada mining. Nevada might be considered a high supply / high demand location for collecting purposes. Prices are somewhat variable and it would be a good idea to study the market prior to making a purchase.
Nevada certificates often provide more information than those from other states. This information can include the county of operation, date of organization, mining district, place of business, and the name of the superintendent. Many of the earlier certificates follow what could be termed the “San Francisco Format” of design. Elements of this format include intertwined letters of the company name, and a paper size that will fit into a business envelope.
Beginning our Journey … by County
Separate albums will be established for the Comstock Lode, Tonopah and Goldfield. This album covers other areas.
Elko County is located in the north east corner of the State. The County seat is Elko. Four gold producing districts are listed in USGS PP610. The main line of the Union Pacific RR extends through the central portion of the County.
Eureka County is located in north central Nevada. The County seat is Eureka. Four gold producing districts are listed in USGS PP610. In terms of mining, the County is best known for the rich lead and silver mines at Eureka. The main line of the Union Pacific RR extends through the northerly portion of the County.
Lander County is located just to the west of Eureka County. The County seat is Battle Mountain in the northerly portion of the County. Battle Mountain is located on the mainline of the Union Pacific RR. Lander County has six gold producing areas per USGS PP 610. The best know mining town in the County is Austin, located in the southerly portion of the County. Silver was discovered in 1962. The town boomed and once had an estimated population of 10,000. Austin was connected to Battle Mountain by the Nevada Central RR (3’ gauge). The 3’ gauge Austin City RR connected the mines to the Nevada Central.
Lyon County is to the south and home of the east of Storey County (home of the famous Comstock Lode). The County seat is Yerington. The mainline of the Union Pacific RR extends through the northerly portion of the County. A branch line of the former Southern Pacific RR extended through portions of the County to reach the town of Mina in Mineral County. Lyon County has three gold producing areas per USGS PP 610. There were a number of copper mines near Yerington.
To be continued….