Gold Ore

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A little sample that was found with a metal detector. Crushed by hand then panned to wash away some of the dirt and clay? The photo is macro so real small particles, but the quartz shows and what looks like iron and free gold. I think we need a small smelter to retrieve the values trying to speed up the recovery what's your thoughts ?
 

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A little sample that was found with a metal detector. Crushed by hand then panned to wash away some of the dirt and clay? The photo is macro so real small particles, but the quartz shows and what looks like iron and free gold. I think we need a small smelter to retrieve the values trying to speed up the recovery what's your thoughts ?
SouthFork, remember those small pieces of specimen ore the size of a die are just as valuable as the larger sizes. You shouldn’t crush and melt those in my opinion. Melted gold is of unknown purity and subject to smelters buying price. The quartz with gold showing proud is something collectors pay a premium for. You can also mix a little bit in with premium pieces and stand firm on you price.
 

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SouthFork, remember those small pieces of specimen ore the size of a die are just as valuable as the larger sizes. You shouldn’t crush and melt those in my opinion. Melted gold is of unknown purity and subject to smelters buying price. The quartz with gold showing proud is something collectors pay a premium for. You can also mix a little bit in with premium pieces and stand firm on you price.
The price really goes down quickly once it’s melted in my opinion.
 
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SouthFork, remember those small pieces of specimen ore the size of a die are just as valuable as the larger sizes. You shouldn’t crush and melt those in my opinion. Melted gold is of unknown purity and subject to smelters buying price. The quartz with gold showing proud is something collectors pay a premium for. You can also mix a little bit in with premium pieces and stand firm on you price.
None of the specimens will be crushed or melted.
 

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Me too this what I'm crushing it's not magnetic at least what's left still looks like tiny specks of gold in some of the particles of black sand. I wish i had a wheelbarrow full of this. Maybe a little silver or platinum ?
Dissolve a small sample in aqua regia then test with stannous chloride.

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My morning crush a little rusty chunk of ore. Just the pickers weighed 6 grams but loaded with host rock there's a lot of gold. This is going in the smelt jar.
 

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The crushed and dried sample weighed 13 grams after smelting it weighed 6.5 grams. Waiting on a cone mold I just water dropped the slag and weighed the precious metal / gold needs a little more refinement maybe with a collector metal. Learning as we go, I wonder how much gold per ton of this rich ore ?
 

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The crushed and dried sample weighed 13 grams after smelting it weighed 6.5 grams. Waiting on a cone mold I just water dropped the slag and weighed the precious metal / gold needs a little more refinement maybe with a collector metal. Learning as we go, I wonder how much gold per ton of this rich ore ?
From what I gather your son is randomly picking from a pocket of high grade inside the old mine with some pickers from the tailings.

If the miners were tossing out nuggets to tailings, then I would have an assay done on the heap pile, leaving the nuggets out as this would be considered salting.

And you would'nt want to end up like that geologist from Brey-X who fell out of a helicopter.
 

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The crushed and dried sample weighed 13 grams after smelting it weighed 6.5 grams. Waiting on a cone mold I just water dropped the slag and weighed the precious metal / gold needs a little more refinement maybe with a collector metal. Learning as we go, I wonder how much gold per ton of this rich ore ?
I’d love to send you a free gift!!! Just send me your address and location of the pile.... lol

Killer results. Congrats.
 
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From what I gather your son is randomly picking from a pocket of high grade inside the old mine with some pickers from the tailings.

If the miners were tossing out nuggets to tailings, then I would have an assay done on the heap pile, leaving the nuggets out as this would be considered salting.

And you would'nt want to end up like that geologist from Brey-X who fell out of a helicopter.
No, he's putting in the hour's randomly finding ore specimens on various mine tailings.
 
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Indeed,the whole thread is kind of weird. Private property means little to many.You live there 24/7/365?
Yes I live here 24/7. Here in California a few hundred bucks for a long day working in the hot sun is not a lot of money. My son is making wages and having fun. And I worked on this sample a few hours for fun and thought other like minded people would enjoy following along .
 
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