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    Gold nugget?

    Hey guys, first post in a while! So, I was out detecting last season in NH and I got a very faint signal on my Tesoro Cibola. I dug a couple inches to find this small gold coloured object. It was heavy, showed little to no signs of corrosion so I kept it, thinking it might possibly be gold.
    I didn't have a test kit at home to know for sure, so I threw it in the finds box and forgot about it; until yesterday. My gold acid test kit arrived in the mail so I needed an item to test. I found the old "nugget" and bam! Tested between 18k and 22k!
    Problem is, very few areas in NH have much gold to speak of, certainly not gold nuggets over a gram! I found this in the seacoast area, again, not known for its gold.
    So, my question is, what do you guys think this is? Gold nugget? Broken piece of jewellery? Gold tooth? She ways 1.15 grams. Thanks for looking!
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    Fugio..sure looks like a nugget to my eyes. A 1.15 gram nugget is a great find..anywhere!

    Maybe you've found a small nugget patch? If you can
    recall where you found it, I'd get back out there and see
    if there are any more.
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    A natural nugget would test about where yours comes up and a gold filling would test lower as it is mixed with a lot of other metals.(18 or 22 would be too soft to use in a tooth.)
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    No that's a brass nugget, you can mail it to me for recyling.
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    Thanks for the responses! It's killing me but I just can't for the life of me remember exactly where I found it! Since I didn't really think it was gold at the time, I didn't place any lasting meaning behind the find.
    I still have one question: would it be normal for a natural nugget to have a flat side? I photographed the flat side in these two photos. Any opinions? I have been racking my brain all day to try and remember where I found this thing! I hope it comes back to me:banghead:
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    Someone melted some jewelry -- puddled it on a flat surface -- lost it and you found it. Sure looks like gold. I tried melting some gold one time in rusty cast iron, and the iron rust turned the gold pink. Man I was sore at myself over that one.
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    Looks natural to me. The whole East Coast of the US and parts of Nova Scotia, Quebec and Ontario have gold deposits. NH has noted gold sources, it weathers out. I think that's what you have found.
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    IMO That flat side rules out it being a natural nugget.
    Last edited by Gambrinus; Feb 20, 2017 at 09:40 PM.
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    Except the flat side isn't truly flat. Remember, gold enters rocks as a liquid solution, and sometimes gets crammed into relatively flat spaces, like in quartz.
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    A lot of flakes began as nuggets but after getting between rocks they smash down through movement of the soil.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smokeythecat View Post
    Except the flat side isn't truly flat. Remember, gold enters rocks as a liquid solution, and sometimes gets crammed into relatively flat spaces, like in quartz.
    So it sounds like it could be natural! Maybe it was from a gold nugget jewellery piece?(thus the flat side). Has anyone found a nugget from a deposit that is flat on one side like this? Thank you all for your observations, informative as always!

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    It is natural, it is a gold nugget. Congratulations!

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    Its a nugget As to the flattening its not uncommon especially if the nugget was caught in some slate or other flat stone. Weathering, heat/cold cycles and ice can and do produce pressures over time that can flatten gold out and give it such an appearance. Some areas are known for it. Nice find.
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    Everyone Believes they have gold buried in the back yard... small wonder so few ever look for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DDancer View Post
    Its a nugget As to the flattening its not uncommon especially if the nugget was caught in some slate or other flat stone. Weathering, heat/cold cycles and ice can and do produce pressures over time that can flatten gold out and give it such an appearance. Some areas are known for it. Nice find.
    Thank you for the insight. That's awesome news. I never would have expected that to come out of the ground in my area. From what I have heard and seen NH mostly has small gold. Guess I'm gonna have to look for more!

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    A gold test kit will prove authenticity.

    https://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&ke...l_264or33v25_e

    Is it soft like lead? If yes, it's bound to be gold.
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