Newbie Gold Hunter Here- is this gold?

eannis6

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Hello everyone! My name is Ethan Annis. I was recently but by the gold bug after hearing about lots of success! As soon as I get a free weekend, I plan to go on my first actual gold panning trip to some waterways here in Virginia. However, I think I found my first gold today. After watching YouTube videos about people finding a few flakes of gold in the Quickrete all purpose sand from Home Depot, out of curiousity, I broke out the gold pan and panned for the first time. I found what I believe to be my first gold, and I was wondering if anyone can confirm it. It is microscopic but I think it may be gold. Thank you for looking, and please let me know what you think. :)
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arizau

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It is impossible that any of us can confirm that what you have is gold from a picture. That said it is possible that it is. One usually reliable test is to look at it in full and shaded light. Gold still looks like gold under both conditions while other materials usually show a drastic color change. Gold is malleable so you can also test to see if it shatters (not gold) or just flattens (possible gold) when squeezed with pliers or hit with a hammer. This test is extreme and usually not necessary when you know from experience what placer gold looks like.

Good luck and welcome to the forum.
 

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eannis6

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It is impossible that any of us can confirm that what you have is gold from a picture. That said it is possible that it is. One usually reliable test is to look at it in full and shaded light. Gold still looks like gold under both conditions while other materials usually show a drastic color change. Gold is malleable so you can also test to see if it shatters (not gold) or just flattens (possible gold) when squeezed with pliers or hit with a hammer. This test is extreme and usually not necessary when you know from experience what placer gold looks like.

Good luck and welcome to the forum.

Thank you so much for the warm welcome and information! I will take some better pictures! It is powder gold sized.
 

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eannis6

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Thanks Clay, more pictures to come! I appreciate all knowledge and experience in this area.
 

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eannis6

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Could be. Need better pictures. Maybe put a quarter or an elephant next to it so we can see how big it is.

Heavy Pans

So a bit more info and more pictures:

I found it among black sand, I tried pretty hard to crush it and it did not crush at all, it maintains its color in the dark and the light.
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eannis6

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It passed each test you mentioned as gold! It did not crush, it maintains a vibrant gold color in light and dark despite its small powder size etc.
 

KevinInColorado

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It passed each test you mentioned as gold! It did not crush, it maintains a vibrant gold color in light and dark despite its small powder size etc.

I think we can say you are a winner then! Welcome to the ranks of gold prospectors. Now go get some more!!
 

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eannis6

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Thank you very much Kevin, I am very excited to do just that!!
 

Lanny in AB

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Well, you may have done it! Congratulations.

I remember when all I had to work with was micron gold as the gold near where I live has been ground to a powder by the massive glaciers that once roamed my neck of the woods. But, the gold's small size made me a careful panner, and since my teething years, I've moved on to fat and sassy nuggets which I mainly gather by nugget shooting, but I'll always remember my roots from the days when I chased the micron gold.

A good case of gold fever is always far healthier than any flu strain . . .

Nicely done, and all the best,

Lanny
 

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nm: I see passed other tests :D

Put it in it's own vial, your first gold!
 

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