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Gold Mines

From 1800 to the present there have been approximately 245 gold mines in Virginia.

The New Yorker newspaper (June 2, 1838) reported that, in 1831, the “weekly product of the [Virginia] mines was then about $100,000 in value, or $5,000,000 annually. But a small part of the gold is sent to the U. S. mint; by far the largest part is sent to Europe, particularly to Paris. The Gold mines of Virginia have only attracted attention since 1827, the first Gold noticed as received at the U. S. Mint from Virginia was in 1829, amounting to $2,500. The quantity received in 1833 had increased to $104,000.”