Originally the block of claims for sale consisted of 10 unpatented lode mining claims, many of which have significant provenance and history. Four claims have been sold and I have decided to sell the WRTStonetree Claim and keep the other five “core” claims of the group, and no other claims will be sold.
This 10-claim lode mining claim group is located on what is one of the finest privately-held deposits of precious opal in Virgin Valley, and in my opinion are the best claims available for sale in recent times. The claims do produce larger amounts of precious opal than most of the other private claims in the valley and one claim (which I am keeping) is comparable in opal quality and production to the private fee dig mines. The mines which I have not sold are all active, valid claims and I continue to have the annual work done on them. Several of the claims in this group have produced opals which are “the envy of the world” and the others have the potential for doing so with some more work. Black Opal has been found on 6 of the claims in the group, but only one claim (that I am keeping) has consistently produced a large amount of black opal.
As I am getting older I have downsized the number of claims that I do intend to keep. I have come to the realization that I would never be able to mine all 10 claims, and thus, my decision to sell some of them. I have spread the annual assessment work out over a number of claims in the group over time but that has become burdensome for 10 claims and I would like to be able to focus my annual work and mining on only a small handful of claims rather than all of them in the future. The more attention you can give to one handful of claims means the more work and opal you can find on it, rather than being spread out over many claims.
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DOMINION OPAL MINES
Alvin W. Wentzell, Jr., OWNER
4200 11th Avenue NW
Watertown, SD 57201
Tel. 605-881-0626 (Al)
effective November 10, 2015
CHRISTOPHER WENTZELL, Owner