Yes, it’s true that you can prospect for and find your own gold – it’s still out there! The title of my book is “Fists Full of Gold” because that’s what I hope it will bring you. I’ve put in years of experience to make this book the most comprehensive prospecting book ever written. Its very different from what is on the market already – It's focus is to teach you how to find gold deposits, both placer and hard rock. There is a huge amount of information here that is just simply not available in any other prospecting book. It has plenty of basic coverage for new prospectors but lots of material for those guys who have some experience and want to learn more, plus even more advanced information for prospectors with decades of experience. It is up to date with all the latest technology and science.

This book takes a unique and different approach in teaching the “trade skills” of prospecting – it covers not just equipment, but the knowledge you really need to find those locations with recoverable gold. This information is important because in the final analysis, no matter well you operate your dredge, metal detector or other prospecting equipment, unless you can find the deposits where the gold is concentrated, your equipment cannot help you recover it. It's designed to be the one prospecting book you will never outgrow. It’s a quite a reference: more than 360 pages long with over 225,000 words. That makes it longer by far than any other prospecting book written for individuals – longer than any 2 or 3 of them combined! In spite of this, it’s all written for the average individual who does not have any formal training in geology or mining.

The book has been for sale now for more than a year, and about 5000 copies have been purchased by prospectors all over the globe. Its been acclaimed by many readers who have read through it. It is available from all your favorite prospecting supply dealers all over the USA (though I will still happily sell it direct if you have no dealer you are able to access). If you'd like to purchase it direct from me, I’ll also be happy to personally address it to you and autograph it for you with any greeting or best wishes you like. The price is $29.95, and with priority mail shipping it will be $35. I'll be taking payment by PayPal, checks or money orders. Sales info and details appear at the bottom of this web page next to the Table Of Contents.

Fists Full Of Gold Front Cover

Some of the highlights of the information contained in the book includes:
The basics of prospecting and finding gold, including:
    The fact that there is lots of gold is still out there to be found
    How to use a gold pan, including crevicing, mossing and sniping for gold
    How to get the best recovery out of your sluice box or highbanker
    How to use a suction dredge to find and recover paystreaks
    How to operate a dry washer for gold
    An extensive section on metal detecting, perhaps the best on the market

Building your own equipment: including building your own:
    Portable sluice box
    Lightweight suction dredge
    Desert dry washer

How to operate a small scale commercial mining operation
How to deal with and get the most out of your black sands
How to get the best prices for your gold, specimens and nuggets
A full coverage of the geology of gold and silver mineral deposits:

    All about minerals and how to identify them
    Minerals associated with gold deposits
    Rocks: what they are and how to identify them
    Basic geology for the prospector in an understandable form
    A detailed explanation of placer geology and how paystreaks form
    A detailed explanation of hard rock geology and how gold deposits form
    How to recognize many types of hard rock gold and silver deposits

How to do research to find your own rich concentrations of gold:
    Using and understanding topographic maps, aerial photos and GPS
    Where to find little known sources of information on gold deposits
    How to use geology maps to find gold

Signs and indicators of gold deposits that you want to look for in the field
How to read and interpret signs of old timer workings
    How to recognize geologic indicators of gold mineralization

How to prospect for commercial deposits of gold and silver
Mining law and how to stake and maintain your own claim
Platinum placers and deposits – How to prospect for them
Diamonds in placers – How to recognize them
Maps of where to find gold in the US and Australia

Plus hundreds of photos, diagrams and illustrations to explain the concepts presented in the book.

Back Cover, "Fists Full Of Gold"

Fists Full Of Gold
Book Purchase Information:

If you want me to autograph or write something special for you in the book, just let me know - no problem there.  The price of the book including priority mail shipping, is $35.00 US dollars delivered in the USA. International priority delivery is $43.50. I will take payment by paypal or through the mail.

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If you send payment through paypal, be sure to send me a separate email and let me know that you bought a book and sent payment by paypal. That way if there is any problem, we can work together to figure it out. I can't take credit cards directly - the cost is too much for a small seller like me. I'll also take checks or money orders through the mail as payment. The price is still the same - $35 postpaid by priority mail (or $43.50 International).

You can address any payments sent by mail to:

Chris Ralph
P.O. Box 3104 
Reno, Nevada 89505

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Table Of Contents, Fists Full Of Gold

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