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U.S. Patented Land Claims are a unique type of property right established under the General Mining Act of 1872, designed to promote the exploration and extraction of mineral resources on public lands. These claims grant full ownership of both surface and subsurface rights to the claimant, allowing for comprehensive control over the mining and management of mineral resources. Originally issued by the General Land Office—now known as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)—these claims provided a mechanism for individuals and companies to secure land for mining, playing a pivotal role in the development of the American West.

As privately held assets, U.S. Patented Land Claims include both the surface and subsurface mineral rights, distinguishing them from public lands where mining rights are typically leased or licensed. This ownership model facilitates complete autonomy in the exploration, development, and extraction processes, making these claims particularly valuable for the tokenization of physical gold resources into digital NatGold coins. Although the issuance of new mineral patents was significantly curtailed by a moratorium enacted in 1994, existing claims that met all the requirements before this enactment are still in effect, offering a vital pathway for the digital mining of gold through tokenization in the evolving landscape of the NatGold industry.

FAQs

What is Regulation S-K 1300? How important a role did CRIRSCO’s International Reporting Template (IRT) play in its development?2024-04-20T23:39:39+00:00

Regulation S-K 1300 is a set of regulations implemented by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to modernize and improve the disclosure and reporting standards for mining properties. It replaced the previous Industry Guide 7, aiming to align U.S. reporting requirements more closely with global standards.

CRIRSCO’s International Reporting Template (IRT) played a significant role in the development of Regulation S-K 1300. The IRT provided a framework that helped harmonize the various national and regional reporting standards into a globally accepted guideline. This alignment was crucial in informing the SEC’s approach, ensuring that S-K 1300 would facilitate greater consistency and comparability in the reporting of mineral resources and reserves, aligning it more closely with international standards and enhancing the transparency of disclosures to better serve global investors.

What is the Fifth Pachakuti, and what does it have to do with evolving ESG-consciousness?2024-04-21T16:00:14+00:00

The Fifth Pachakuti, as foretold by the Inca civilization, represents a period of profound transformation that began in 1992, marking the end of an era and the emergence of a new one characterized by balance, harmony, and sustainability. This concept resonates today as we face global environmental crises and a deeper understanding of our interconnectedness with nature. In Incan prophecy, a Pachakuti is a 500-year cycle of renewal, and the Fifth Pachakuti symbolizes the time when the path of the Eagle—representing mind, science, and industrialization—reunites with the path of the Condor, which symbolizes heart, intuition, and a spiritual connection to nature. This era is envisioned as a convergence of these historically divergent paths, fostering a united consciousness that is essential for global sustainability.

This transformative period aligns with the current shift towards Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) principles, reflecting a global move towards more sustainable, equitable, and environmentally conscious practices. The reawakening to these values under the Fifth Pachakuti supports the transition from traditional, often destructive economic activities like physical gold mining to more sustainable approaches such as those advocated by the International NatGold Council. This council promotes the tokenization of gold, preserving natural resources and minimizing environmental impact, which embodies the ESG-conscious change envisioned in this new era. This alignment suggests that our contemporary environmental and social reforms are not just modern necessities but are part of a larger, cyclic transformation echoing ancient wisdom—a true manifestation of the Fifth Pachakuti.

What is NatGold?2024-05-03T15:18:49+00:00

NatGold, sometimes referred to as “green gold,” represents the concept of monetizing natural gold—gold that is left unextracted and remains in the ground. The distinctiveness of NatGold lies in the method of capturing its value, making it a superior choice for monetary purposes compared to its above-ground counterpart, which serves better for industrial, jewelry, and luxury uses.

The value of NatGold is realized through the tokenization of NI 43-101 certified gold resources, which are fundamental to all investment decisions related to gold mine financing for extraction purposes. By being digitally mined and kept in its natural state, NatGold provides a plentiful supply to meet flexible monetary demands without the need for the security, storage, transportation, and insurance required for physical gold.

Moreover, NatGold is ESG-friendly (Environmental, Social, and Governance), positioning NatGold as a positive force for sustainable finance, in stark contrast to the significant environmental and social impacts associated with above-ground gold extraction and processing.

What is the gold-silver ratio utilized in the NatGold Model to calculate NI 43-101 certified gold equivalent resources, and how is it calculated?2024-05-01T18:14:09+00:00

Historically, the gold-silver ratio has been about 47:1 for most of the past century, but it has averaged around 60:1 over the past 20 years. In the last decade, this trend has widened, and it is not uncommon to see the ratio exceed 80:1. Most monetary metal analysts recognize that, due to the store of value nature of both gold and silver, when the ratio expands above 80:1, investors tend to sell their gold holdings to buy silver, and vice versa when the ratio falls below the 60:1 level.

For the NatGold tokenization model, the International NatGold Council has adopted a conservative approach by setting the gold-silver ratio at 90:1. This setting means that one ounce of certified gold resources is equivalent to 90 ounces of certified silver resources, regardless of the classification—whether inferred, indicated, or measured.

For example, if 90,000 ounces of NI 43-101 certified silver resources are present in the indicated resource category, the 90:1 gold-silver ratio set by the International NatGold Council would yield a 1,000-ounce certified gold equivalent in the indicated category. This enables the title owner to tokenize the 1,000 ounces of gold equivalent indicated resources according to the established exchange ratios used by OroEx Corp. when digitally mining the resources into NatGold coins.