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U.S. gold mine production 2005-2019

The United States produced an estimated 200 metric tons of gold in 2019.

History of gold in the United States

Gold was first discovered in the United States in 1799 in North Carolina. More well known, and important to the history of the United States, however, was the California Gold Rush. The California Gold Rush began on January 24, 1848 and ended in 1885. This began as a result of gold being found by James W. Marshall in Coloma, California, which brought approximately 300,000 people to California from abroad and elsewhere in the United States. The sudden inundation of gold revived the American economy. U.S. gold production, however spiked during the 1980s, because of high gold prices and the recovery of gold from low-grade deposits in states such as Nevada, which contains the largest quantity of gold out of all 50 states.

U.S. gold trade

Since 2007, gold exports from the United States have been fluctuating, but have increased in the past two years. The United States has the largest gold holdings reserves in the world as of October 2019. Since 2007, not only have gold imports to the United States have been drastically varying, but their exports as well. Nevertheless, the U.S. typically exports more gold than they import.

Mine production of gold in the United States from 2005 to 2019

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Release date

February 2020


United States

Survey time period

2005 to 2019

Supplementary notes

* Estimated.
This statistic was assembled from several editions of the report.

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