THE UPPER OPAL QUEEN MINE, VIRGIN VALLEY, NEVADA The Opal Queen #1-2M Lode Mining Claims in Virgin Valley, Humboldt Co., Nevada, consisting of two contiguous UNpatented 20.66 acre LODE mining claims measuring 1500 x 600 ft. each, on a world-famous proven deposit. NMC#1196685 & NMC#1196686. Total of 41.32 acres. This deposit was the FIRST location made in Virgin Valley about 1905-1908. The northern side borders/adjoins the patented Bonanza Opal Mine while the southern half adjoins the existing southern opal queen mine deposit. That's right, you are right up against the Bonanza border where some big opals were found in their main pit. Also many assessment and discovery pits and some good bank (with dirt road access) to the Opal Queen #2-M claim. You couldn't get a better location in the valley today! It is THEY ARE THE BEST claims i have yet acquired in the valley. I was lucky to acquire these claims and staked them as soon as I discovered they were defaulted in September 2019. The prior owner tried to jump them after I had located them, but those junior claims made a couple weeks after me have no rights as it is a matter of priority instead of lode vs placer. BLM checked land status which is reflected in the LR2000 reports. I am the SENIOR claimant on the ground. This is a HISTORIC claim and something like this almost never becomes available to the public. I originally listed these at $325k, then $125k, and now $45k (keep in mind, the Opal Negra is asking $200k for the Opal Negra claim with tons of overburden, and Walt is selling the claims bordering the fee dig at Peacock for $125k, so i think my price is VERY reasonable). I have a few other claims in the valley and am making this available due to recent financial needs, but if it doesn't sell I will be happy to keep and mine it eventually. I might even open my own fee dig here if it doesn't sell. The Opal Queen was operated as a fee dig for a short number of years. There is very bright opal here resembling Bonanza, some in large pieces. All types (white, crystal, black) have been found on the claims. There is a lot of petrified wood up here in addition that is found as a by-product of mining opal. Sometimes opal is found in the wood. The Opal Queen Group was surveyed by the govt in 1970s and that survey was published in 1984 (see photos). More recent mining since then have further defined the deposit and made tracing the layer easier. Once you find the opal zone you just follow it, it is a lead. I have also provided an aerial photo with the projected boundaries outlined so you can see everything you would be getting with these claims. PROVEN OPAL on this claim. The Opal Queen #1 is right up against the Bonanza Mine where the large open pit is. There is substantial overburden on this side, but there is also substantial opal here. It might be easier to dig in from the Opal Queen side of the hill and shave off the overburden as you get deeper. The Opal Queen #2M has less overburden in places. To see examples of various opals from the opal queen properties (not just these 2 claims) you can see the prior owners website/s (clickable links):
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