Newbie here, what’s in my pan?
Last Post 18 Jul 2018 04:22 PM by ARTHUR WAUGH. 3 Replies.
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Demitry MediuchoUser is Offline
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16 Jul 2018 07:32 PM
    Hey everyone I joined the club a few days ago and love all the info here. I went sluicing near auburn ca a few days ago and after panning the material there is a bit of gold and silver looking material. What exactly is this silver material? It moves with the gold flakes and all I have left is some gold and this silver stuff.
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    17 Jul 2018 04:05 PM
    Welcome Demitry,

    Without seeing the piece,
    I will take two guess's

    Lead, usually very flat or a ball that once was part of a shotgun shell
    Easy to smash or squish. melts in low heat (do not do indoors)
    Scratches easily and show a shine (maybe chrome look) of area scratched

    Or

    Gold covered in mercury, mostly shinny to the eye, could have some sort of contamination that can give a dull appearance
    Miners in the old days used many pounds of mercury, didnt know or care the bad side of the metal.
    Handled properly, no big deal.
    Many ways to remove mercury from gold.

    This is a very touchy subject.
    I will not tell you how, do the research, know the ramifications and decide on your path

    Bill
    So much river....So little time....Get out there
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    18 Jul 2018 03:18 PM
    Sounds like you are getting some mercury to me .One way to see is to rub the stuff across the pan if big enough and the mercury will ball up behind it.
    Member LDMA and several other clubs in CA.
    ARTHUR WAUGHUser is Offline
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    18 Jul 2018 04:22 PM
     If you do rub it, do it with some kind of glove or hand protection, or a tool,  skin can absorb mercury.
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