Very Rare Death Valley Gold Nugget 147.13 Grams "Gold Mine" 4.70 Troy Oz. Authentic
From Death Valley we call this one the "GOLD MINE" . for its shape and Very Rare formation - Exotic Shaped
147.13 Gram - 4.7 TROY OZ California Nugget found in Death Valley 89% PURE GOLD - 2% Silver -8%Iron
Length = 63 mm Width = 50 mm Thickness = 10 mm
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Death Valley is a very famous place located in Southeastern California near the Nevada border. We know a dozen things it is famous for: the hottest place in the continent, a mysterious place where stones move during the night, the most deserted national park, the lowest dry point in the USA among many others.
Death Valley -This mysterious and grand desert valley wasn’t explored by accident. It was the hunt for silver and gold that brought adventurous miners into this desolate desert. he beginning of the Death Valley history was a story of sorrow. In 1848 Gold was found in California and a lot of people in America and even in other countries left their homes hoping to find their fortunes in this southern state. However, getting there turned out to be an insurmountable task for some.
National Park Services of the Death Valley state that there are anywhere from 6,000 to 10,000 abandoned mines within the park! That is a lot, though most of them are small prospects that are barely evident today.
At first, establishing mines was a big problem because of the climate and a complete lack of water. Miners tried to process gold there since the 1850s but a lack of technology and the remoteness and desolation of the Death Valley doomed all of their attempts to failure. The first successful try at mining in the area was by the Borax Company. It wasn’t even gold though. They mined…borax, obviously. It is a white boron mineral which dissolves in water and has many different uses. The Company had to move supplies on 20 mules which had cost a fortune. Their Ranch in the Valley made a good starting point for other miners though. So, the beginning of the 20th century brought gold prospectors into the Death Valley. With the miners, the towns sprang up. In a matter of years, the towns of Skidoo, Furnace Creek, Rhyolite and Keane Wonder Mine were founded and boomed up to several thousand residents per town. Those were the largest and most notable in the region. Hotels, stores and shops came with the people and despite the poverty of nature, they endured.
Most of the activity was in the eastern part of the Valley near the Amargosa Range, a mountain range, rich with gold and other minerals. It had a small river, so placer panning was possible there and the obvious advantage of having at least some water made this place a center of the Death Valley minerals processing.s it had happened with almost every boom town, Rhyolite and Skidoo were doomed. In 1907, the Gold Rush came to a halt. People began to leave and those towns lost most of their population. Less than a thousand people were left there to continue.
The final bell came when the government decided to proclaim the Death Valley as a National Monument thus banning any mining operations in the region. Furnace Creek, however, wasn’t abandoned completely and became the headquarters of the new park. The town houses tourists and is a seat for the administration.
You can visit Death Valley today to bask in the sunlight and enjoy the views. You can even find a lot of abandoned mines with their wooden pillars and carts, but mining and relic hunting there is prohibited and against the law.
Due to the fact that there were over 6,000 mines, there are lots of rumors of mines that are still full of gold. No doubt some of the stories are true, but we will never truly know what precious metals still remain hidden under the hot desert soil.
What is a Natural Gold Nugget? It is a piece of gold that broke out of quartz deposits within the earth when erosion took place. It also goes by the name Placer Gold and each piece is a one of a kind with no two being exactly alike.
· Where can they be found? Wherever the effects of erosion took place. That would include rivers, streams, ancient dried up river channels and underground riverbeds.
· How pure are they? Gold nuggets range from 65 to 95 fine 16-23KT gold and can have other mineral content such as silver and copper mixed in with it.
· What sizes do they come in? Gold Nuggets come in all sizes, the smaller one range in sizes from 1 millimeter up to 6 and is often referred to as flakes. Bigger flakes are called nuggets and have been found as large as 2500 ounces although almost all nuggets bigger than 300 ounces were melted.
· How Are Natural Gold Nuggets found? They can be found in rivers and streams using a gold pan or suction dredges that act like an underground vacuum cleaner. Larger operations use large machinery that dig up huge sections of dirt weighing several tons and run it through machines that separate the gold from the dirt. Nuggets are also found using a metal detector.
· How are they weighed? They are weighed by the troy ounces. 12 ounces = one pound which differs from weight which is 16 ounces to the pound. The troy ounces are broke up into 20-penny weight to the ounces and use the symbol DWT or by the grams which has 31.1 to the ounces. The larger the nugget the more rare and valuable they are. A one-ounce nugget is now considered as rare as a five-carat diamond. (How many of those do you own?
· Why are some real bright and others dull? Because it was formed underground in quartz deposit you often find quartz mixed in with it. When they broke off into the rivers and streams they tumbled against the sand and gravel, which gave the nuggets, it?s texture but dulled it. They can be cleaned in different solutions, and then tumbled in different media to give it the shine.
· * All Nuggets are Pictured or Partially Pictured with a U.S. Quarter to give you an idea of Size Proportion