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    how much raw gold equals "A Treasure" ?

    an idle question prompted by another thread on treasure hunting
    when using the word "treasure" I am generally thinking of something man-made,
    however those of us here prospect or mine as a principal activity -

    so it occured to me to ask: How much raw gold is 'needed' to qualify as a "treasure" ?
    - found at one site at one time (season?)

    a couple of pounds?
    20 kilos ?
    what ?
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    I think the answer to that is in the eye of the beholder. To me, if I find ANY color at the bottom of the pan I've found treasure. That's the reason I'm out in the wild, so any little yellow spot is success for me.
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    Jeff, so your definition of treasure is "any little yellow spot is success for me"; and good for you.

    I think most use the word 'treasure' a bit more expansively.
    For language to function, words must have agreed meanings;
    I was seeking to explore what constituted 'treasure', yours may be the lower limit.
    Last edited by BillA; Jul 08, 2019 at 07:50 PM. Reason: syntax

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    To me: treasure is anything of physical or emotional value sought after and ultimately gained through research, effort, and discovery. ╦╦C
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    Terry, my definition of recovered treasure is little different; how much in raw gold ?
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    At least 1000 ounces. We have a government report from back in the 1960's on one area of our mine. There was a guy who I will not name digging on one of the faultlines. The year was 1934. The report goes into detail but breaks down to this : At the 55 ft depth he came upon an area of raised bedrock & removed about 1000 ounces of gold. He showed the gold while in poor company & was murdered. That to me is a treasure. Unfortunately for the miner it was a death sentence. Be careful what you wish for. Be even more careful who you show your gold to.
    Last edited by ghostminer; Jul 08, 2019 at 09:07 PM.
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    was thinking along those lines, for me a 'treasure' would of necessity be life-changing
    made money all my life, not a treasure
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    Quote Originally Posted by BillA View Post
    Terry, my definition of recovered treasure is little different; how much in raw gold ?
    As JeffA alluded to, it would be difficult to say. I would settle for an ounce of gold in the poke. The amount of effort I would put into "the hunt" would also affect the definition. If I were spending thousands to find gold, I would expect finding millions would constitute treasure. I'll just settle for my ounce. ╦╦C
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    Gold is very hard won, believe me any I find is treasure... Click image for larger version. 

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    I chose my forum name in answer to this question without having had it asked, but I believe that the most important "value" placed on any thing you find or discover is what you value it at, not what anyone else does
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    Ev, thanks for the input but you did not address the question

    for you, how much raw gold would you have to find/mine (at one instance) to call it a 'treasure' ?

    Jeff says any color, as does alaskaseeker
    Ghostminer says 1000 oz

    edit: yes, the question does relate directly to how each of us define 'treasure' as measured in raw gold
    Last edited by BillA; Jul 09, 2019 at 08:16 AM.
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    And my answer is it depends, it is not a concrete threshold for me, depends on where I am and what my expectations are, if I am in Washington where I live the amount and size of the gold is much less than if I am in Northern California around Grass Valley
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    For some reason I associate "Treasure" as something owned by man.
    In other words, if I found 100 ounces of gold in my sluice box, it wouldn't become treasure until I secured it for safe keeping or lost it in some manner.

    If I were to find that same 100 ounces in a buried container, it would be found treasure immediately.

    Weird how my mind works sometimes.

    By the way treasure comes in all different sizes. Small treasures, large treasures..
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    how much raw gold equals "A Treasure" ?

    (Error - see next post)
    Last edited by brianc053; Jul 09, 2019 at 01:43 PM.

 

 
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