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    what is a nugget ?

    a nugget is defined as "a native lump of precious metal", nothing as to size or weight
    an upper bound would be undefined, what is a lower 'limit' at which a small nugget would be called something else ?
    (ok, but what?, different question)

    Wilderness medic posted a somewhat (?) sub one gramer which is nice.


    my (always limited) experience extends the term's use to one gram bits
    as when thin they are large, and when rotund still have a slight bit of heft
    (could post photos but 1 gramers are pretty common)

    when young my idea of a nugget was a lump big enough, like Tom Sawyer, to fire at a rat and kill it - obviously exaggerated

    so is there a (usage) defined lower size or weight limit for the applicability of the word 'nugget' ?

    edit: - and below a nugget would be a 'picker' ? (at least for placer miners)
    Last edited by BillA; Aug 30, 2019 at 08:51 AM.
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    You are showing a Picker. A "Picker" is a small nugget you can pick up with two fingers. "Flake" gold is smaller than a picker. A "Nugget" is at least two-grams.

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    cr
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    ok, where did the 2 gms come from ?

    a picker? something you can get your fingers on? and then kinda transitions to a nugget?

    so a picker is size based whereas a nugget is based on weight? (lots of overlap)

    - not trying to be difficult, just exploring the limits of the words

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    It is only a matter of opinion. Most of those opinions for the low end of what is considered a “nugget” range from 0.5 grams to 2.0 grams.

    Time for more coffee.
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    if it's thickness is approaching it's overall length I call it a nugget.

    There are small nuggets and big flakes. I've seen 2 gram flakes.. like as thick as a piece of cardboard and the size of a quarter.

    both can be pickers ..when relatively small.
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    anything that goes "thud" in the pan.....

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    It depends. On who you talk to. A "picker" is something I can pick up which is very small. To me a nugget is anything chunky over 1/8".
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    Quote Originally Posted by smokeythecat View Post
    It depends. On who you talk to. A "picker" is something I can pick up which is very small. To me a nugget is anything chunky over 1/8".
    I think ones area plays part. In my area its very rare to find anything +20 so that pic at the top would certainly be a nugget to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry Soloman View Post
    You are showing a Picker. A "Picker" is a small nugget you can pick up with two fingers. "Flake" gold is smaller than a picker. A "Nugget" is at least two-grams.
    That’s a really weird number and I’m curious why 2 grams is the limit.



    Nugget sounds like a shape more than a weight. I like the definition of width around the same as length. A flake that weighs multiple grams isn’t a nugget...? I wouldn’t call it one. A 1 grain piece that’s cube shaped or spherical seems more nugget like than a 3 gram flake to me. Or maybe anything that’s noticeably thick and not smooshed flat?

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    Here's a couple of "nuggets"....

    » Monumental Nugget Sierra County Historical Society

    https://nypost.com/2019/05/14/family...ing-their-dog/

    I assume both would go "thud" dropped into a gold pan...HA!

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    the second of the links above



    we return to my Tom Sawyer-ish nugget to kill a rat, 20 oz

    I kind of like stc's "1/8" chunky", a bit of dimension plus a weight inference

    edit: think photo is wrong
    Last edited by BillA; Sep 01, 2019 at 10:45 AM.

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    billA....do ya make yur own gold pans...HA!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mendoAu View Post
    billA....do ya make yur own gold pans...HA!
    a pic from the gold museum, recovered nuggets from indigenous sites (bowl most clearly modern)

    and yes, I do make pans - here is an in-process pan from the backside of the ss drum in a front-loading washing machine (MOST expensive)

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    I hope they take better care of their display than Yreka did. https://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/cri...e24723961.html

 

 
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