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    Contrary Creek, VA- First Gold Prospecting Trip

    Hello again everyone!!

    I took my first trip to Contrary Creek in Virginia today. I must say I have been bitten by the gold bug. Gold panning is not as easy, and gold is certainly not as plentiful as I had expected. I do believe I found one gold flake after searching today amidst millions of pieces of pyrite. Thank you for looking, can anyone confirm this as gold from my image taken through my microscope? Thanks for looking and being so welcoming here.

    Blessings,
    Ethan Annis

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    Do a streak test on the back of a piece of unglazed tile and hopefully you'll see a gold line from your effort. poke it with a pin and see if it wont crack apart when poked. It looks good to me as-is !

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    Looks like gold.Don't give up on Contrary . How far downstream from the bridge did you make it ?
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    I'd say it is gold. It has that rounded/eroded look. You may have noticed how it acted differently than the pyrite in your pan.
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    See how it reacts while under your scope, a two handed situation, one hand with something to hold it down and another pointed thing to see what happens when you try to drag the pointed item across your sample. IF the pointed thing creates a line with raised edges then likely gold but if the sample breaks up into pieces then likely not gold. The color and shape look good. Welcome to Tnet...63bkpkr
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    Quote Originally Posted by russau View Post
    Do a streak test on the back of a piece of unglazed tile and hopefully you'll see a gold line from your effort. poke it with a pin and see if it wont crack apart when poked. It looks good to me as-is !
    I will try this, thanks for the help!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RTR View Post
    Looks like gold.Don't give up on Contrary . How far downstream from the bridge did you make it ?
    Thanks a lot! I was with my cousin who did not have waders like me, so we only made it I’d say 150 yds from the bridge or so! I found this flake in a hole about a foot deep
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    Quote Originally Posted by No gold in NY View Post
    I'd say it is gold. It has that rounded/eroded look. You may have noticed how it acted differently than the pyrite in your pan.
    Thanks for the help- this was my thought as well...the pyrite has extremely rough angular edges under the microscope, and this flake maintains its shine even when there is no direct light.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 63bkpkr View Post
    See how it reacts while under your scope, a two handed situation, one hand with something to hold it down and another pointed thing to see what happens when you try to drag the pointed item across your sample. IF the pointed thing creates a line with raised edges then likely gold but if the sample breaks up into pieces then likely not gold. The color and shape look good. Welcome to Tnet..…………….63bkpkr
    Neat, I’ll give it a try, thanks for the help!
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    Quote Originally Posted by eannis6 View Post
    Thanks a lot! I was with my cousin who did not have waders like me, so we only made it I’d say 150 yds from the bridge or so! I found this flake in a hole about a foot deep
    Thats cool ! Looks like that one pix. was taken under the bridge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RTR View Post
    Thats cool ! Looks like that one pix. was taken under the bridge.
    I think it was, after panning, we explored the creek and I found a small slightly broken arrowhead!
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    Quote Originally Posted by eannis6 View Post
    I think it was, after panning, we explored the creek and I found a small slightly broken arrowhead!
    Lets hook up sometime.I'm ready for a Contrary run.Drop me a PM .......I'm just finishing up a Miller table build.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RTR View Post
    Lets hook up sometime.I'm ready for a Contrary run.Drop me a PM .......I'm just finishing up a Miller table build.
    That sounds really great!! We will have to do that sometime!
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    Sure looks like gold! Nice job. That place is a hard place to go to. Were you in one of the spots that smells like sulphur in the air?
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    Hi eannis6... yes that is a speck of gold you found. When you look at it under the scope you should see some micro pitting on the surface. There is no mica there... tons of pyrite depending on the section your in. The pyrite will have one or more straight lines... more cubic in shape.... the gold wont.

    Please fill in any holes you make down there.
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