Gold claims cannot be acquired offshore of Nome, only leases in specific areas are ever issued. Because of the mild interest in gold at Nome the past number of years, the DNR created an offshore public mining area (320 acres in size) in 1998 east of Nome.
The Nome Gold Rush was a gold rush in Nome, Alaska, approximately 1899–1909. It is separated from other gold rushes by the ease with which gold could be obtained. Much of the gold was lying in the beach sand of the landing place and could be recovered without any need for a claim.