Any gold nugget experts? Trying to determine origin of a nugget pin!
Welcome guest, is this your first visit?
Results 1 to 7 of 7
Like Tree20Likes
  • 8 Post By Spartcom5
  • 2 Post By Back-of-the-boat
  • 2 Post By HuntinDog
  • 3 Post By tamrock
  • 3 Post By XtreasureX
  • 1 Post By A2coins

Thread: Any gold nugget experts? Trying to determine origin of a nugget pin!

« Prev Thread | Next Thread »
  1. #1

    Feb 2015
    932 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Any gold nugget experts? Trying to determine origin of a nugget pin!

    I picked this up the other day at my LCS. The pin on the back dates it from 1850-1900. I am trying to figure out where it might be from? I was thinking the Alaskan gold rush but someone mentioned they think it may actually be from the California gold rush. Each would make sense as the miners would frequently turn raw nuggets into jewelry pieces like this. There is still some dirt and quartz on the nugget as seen in the pictures. It weighs 6.2 grams. The exact composition of it is 78.53% Au and 21.47% Ag. As far as I am concerned this is known as electrum. Any input is greatly appreciated!
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	20190612_200429_resized.jpg 
Views:	41 
Size:	110.2 KB 
ID:	1723362Click image for larger version. 

Name:	20190612_200445_resized.jpg 
Views:	40 
Size:	112.0 KB 
ID:	1723363
    T.C., A2coins, tamrock and 5 others like this.

  2. #2
    steve andermatt

    Apr 2013
    AT GOLD/Garrett /Garrett pro pointer/ 5x8 double d coil and sniper coil/Lesche digger
    4859 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I know there is a way to determine exactly where it came from but I am not sure how it is done but Gold is specific to the region it came from until it is smelted of course.Mines had certain amounts of all the different metals in their gold and could prove ownership. There is a forum for gold prospecting on this site just look down the forums a little farther down and someone may be able to give you an answer.
    ANTIQUARIAN and A2coins like this.
    back of the boat

  3. #3
    Charter Member
    Detect everyday like it's the last day of the season!

    Apr 2010
    Upper Canada
    XP Deus, Lesche Piranha 35 Shovel & 'Garrett Carrot'
    14163 times
    Relic Hunting
    Banner Finds (1)
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    As Steve suggested, you might want to consider re-posting your question and pics here... Gold Prospecting

    A2coins likes this.
    Antiquarian - a person who collects and studies antiquities or relics of the past.

    “I won't be wronged. I won't be insulted. I won't be laid a-hand on. I don't do these things to other people, and I require the same from them.”
    “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”
    “Life's hard. It's even harder when you're stupid.”
    ― John Wayne

  4. #4
    May 2010
    No. Cal.
    XP DEUS / MXT PRO / Garrett ProPointer
    2972 times
    I think I lost it, so it came from me...

    I would say it's California gold.
    Alaska gold has a lower gold purity.
    tamrock and A2coins like this.

  5. #5
    Grant Brandenburg

    Jan 2013
    Bounty Hunter Tracker IV
    21291 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I'd like to know also if a nugget could be identified of it's origin by it's natural grade. I bought an old nugget stickpin that has a dark blue faceted stone mounted in it, which I'm thinking is a Montana Yogo Sapphire. I did have the PM buyer check out the nugget on his electronic gold tester and the needle ran up just short of the 18K mark. If that stone is a real Yogo I'm thinking the nugget may have come from Montana, but I've never found a way to prove that idea.
    Last edited by tamrock; Jun 19, 2019 at 06:16 AM.
    Reanm8er, A2coins and ANTIQUARIAN like this.

  6. #6

    Mar 2015
    157 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    78% gold seems low for a natural nugget. Also, for there to be no iron, lead or copper is unusual. I’m assuming an XRF gun was used to examine the nugget. There are so many variables in each nugget from location to location on the same mine it is difficult to determine a nuggets origins without knowing the provenance. The pictures look like a natural nugget, but a closer examination would be prudent.
    A2coins, tamrock and ANTIQUARIAN like this.

  7. #7
    Charter Member

    Dec 2015
    Ann Arbor
    Equinox 800
    41780 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Honorable Mentions (2)
    Sweet hunk of gold
    ANTIQUARIAN likes this.
    Still Available Approved TreasureNet Sticker $2.00 for 11" X 3" Bumper Sticker ::. I have 34 left PM me if you would like to buy any Tommy.................... Put it on my Trans Am FREE SHIPPING Street Racing My Trans Am W/Tnet Stick



Home | Forum | Active Topics | What's New

Sponsored Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

Similar Threads

  1. Gold nugget?
    By Fugio in forum What Is It?
    Replies: 25
    Last Post: Feb 21, 2017, 09:31 PM
  2. Gold Nugget 18K
    By hamiddetecting in forum Beach and Shallow Water
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: Dec 24, 2014, 01:17 PM
  3. “Washington Nugget” 100-ounce gold nugget
    By Bumpstick in forum Treasure In The News!
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: Mar 20, 2014, 03:59 PM
  4. Replies: 14
    Last Post: Mar 15, 2014, 10:22 AM
  5. My First Nugget - I Have Named It - Banana Nugget
    By AzViper in forum Metal Detecting For Gold
    Replies: 22
    Last Post: Mar 23, 2013, 03:08 PM
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v4.3.0