Ever since the Klondike Gold Rush in 1896, Alaska has had a thriving gold mining industry. Over 40 million ounces of the metal have been taken from the mines there, giving it a current value of over 12 billion dollars. The State of Alaska states that gold is the most valuable commodity in the state that is not energy producing. Since Alaska is associated with gold, it is unsurprising that it has remained one of the biggest markets for gold bullion in the country. Despite how popular it is to invest in gold and silver, there are not very many big coin dealers located in Alaska, with most being found in Anchorage, the state's largest city.