Base metals include commonly used metals such as copper, zinc, nickel, tin and lead. These are the types of metals used in everyday life around your home, such as electrical wiring, plumbing, etc. They are relatively abundant and are worth much less than precious metals.

Precious metals include rare and expensive metals like gold, silver and platinum. You’re more likely to find these metals in a jewelry store, but also in catalytic converters, space vehicles, computers, and medical and hi-tech equipment. They are quite rare and are worth much more than base metals.

Services for Base and Precious Metals

The Division of Energy and Mineral Development provides project assistance to Tribes and individuals to develop base and precious metals on their trust land. Learn more about how we can help below.

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Branch of Solid Minerals
Office of Trust Services, Division of Energy and Mineral Development 13922 Denver West Parkway, Ste. 200
Lakewood, CO 80401-3142
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. MDT, Monday-Friday