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The Sampling and Assay of the Precious Metals Gold Silver Platinum


The Sampling and Assay of the Precious Metals Gold Silver Platinum

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The Sampling annd Assay of the Precious Metals:

Comprising Gold, Silver, Platinum, and the Platinum Group Metals in Ores, Bullion and Products


Ernest Alfred Smith

458 Pages

Probably one of the best books on the subject. Covers how to assay normal to complex ores of gold, silver, and Platinum. Discusses types of fluxes to you use based on the ore type and mineralization of your sample. Reprint of the original.


  1. Introductory
  2. The Design and Equipment of Assay Offices and Assay Office Records
  3. Assay Furnaces
  4. Furnace Implements, Apparatus used in Furnace Operations
  5. Balances and Weights: Weighing
  6. Gold and Silver: Physical and Chemical Properties
  7. Precious Metal Ores: Valuation of Ores
  8. Sampling
  9. Preparation of Samples for Assay
  10. Fluxes and Other Materials Employeed
  11. Principles of Fluxing: Assay Slags
  12. Assay Operations
  13. The Assay of Silver Ores
  14. The Assay of Gold Ores
  15. The Assay of Complex Gold and Silver Ores
  16. Special Methods of Ore Assay
  17. Bullion: Valuation and Sampling
  18. The Assay of Gold Bullion
  19. Assay of Silver Bullion
  20. The Assay of Base Bullion (Lead and Copper)
  21. The Assay of Industrial Gold and Silver Alloys. Assay Offices for Hall-Marking
  22. Assay of Auriferous and Argentiferous Metallurgical Products
  23. Laboratory Work in a Cyanide Mill
  24. Platinum and the Metals of the Platinum Group
  25. The Assay of Platinum

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