GOLD!

A new update of Gold in both nuggets and crystal forms, from classic locations in Australia, Alaska, and California

A note about gold bullion pricing: Please note that bullion or market "spot" gold is priced in troy ounces, approx 31 grams per ounce; and not in "normal" ounces of 28 grams. When ounces are given here, they are in troy ounce. However, that being said, specimens are more unique items, have additional collectible value and rarity value; and so they are seldom valued at "spot" (or even on a consistent multiple of spot pricing). Admittedly there is sometimes in some cases a rough correlation in larger nuggets which have so much intrinsic weight value, especially Australian pieces. There, I might pay 1.2 to 2X-spot for a fine nugget that stands out from the crowd, from a miner who values them based on spot (even as I see and value other qualities as I make a selection). Lastly, I do not believe that a rise in fair "specimen value" need fully track the recent, and very rapid, rise in bullion value. To be fair, and since I bought these specimens over the past several years, mostly direct from source or from old collections, I have not revised their specimen values upwards simply because the intrinsic weight value has gone up so much (so that leaves a bit of value to gain on the table, I hope!). Nevertheless, all specimens in this offering are "hefty" golds with a high intrinsic value by any standard!

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GOLD09-20 - Gold (Large spinel-twinned crystal) - SOLD
Majuba Placers, Pershing County, Nevada, USA

miniature, 3.8 x 1.8 x 1.8
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An impressive spinel-twinned gold crystal of VERY LARGE size, for any locality. All the more impressive then, from the Majuba Placers where generally only small crystals are found. This is a piece that must rank among th ebest to come out of the deposits, and is considered by Nevada collectors I know to be one of the best golds from the state. Aside from its huge size and locality value, it happens to just be darned good by any standard - it is sharp, bright, complexly crystallized, a floater, and complete all around. It has superb patina with no sign of rounding or weathering. This was in the collection of Scott Kleine, a well-known Nevada collector and author. It has been featured in the recent opus on Nevada minerals, Minerals of Nevada; and also in the Rocks & Minerals GOLD issue and on the Las Vegas mineral shows promotions. We are proud to offer what I feel is a historic rarity for the US or gold collector. Photos by Jeffrey Scovil


GOLD09-22 - Gold - crystallized nugget - SOLD
Wychitella, north of Wedderburn, Central Victoria, Australia

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Gold - crystallized nugget from Wychitella, north of Wedderburn, Central Victoria, Australia [db_pics/new09/Gold-Australia_XlizedNugget2.jpg]

This is a CRYSTALLIZED gold nugget from Australia, a land where usually only rounded nuggets are found. I have seen MANY Aussie nuggets over the several decades I have dealt in such things, but out of all of them perhaps this is the most interesting to my tastes, in a large size and high-weight class. It is 850 grams (about 30 troy ounces), and over 4 inches tall. It is a nugget, with all the heft and visual impact you would expect,; but it is also strangely organic and alive-looking to me. It is a complex cluster of random rounded nugget gold intermixed with the occasional offshoot of crystalline gold - especially around the top of the specimen where you can clearly see a large, hoppered octohedral crystal sticking straight up. This is a very robust, 3-dimensional crystal, and it "makes the piece" , so to speak. The color is a unique brassy hue, characteristic of Wedderburn material I am told. This came into the US first through a prominent collector who had bought it from well known gold dealer Anthony Fraser, in the early 2000's. I have now owned it twice, happily able to exchange it back about a year ago. I have not raised the price with regard to the intrinsic weight value of the specimen, compared to the old price plus a bit of reasonable appreciation I paid to get it back. In other words, if you value the weight content highly, this piece has it. But as a specimen, it does stand on its own merits at a multiple of spot that used to be 3-4X and is now not even 2X spot.


GOLD09-21 - Gold - The Providence Nugget - SOLD
Gladstone, Northern Queensland, Australia

cabinet, 14 x 11.3 x 1.8 cm
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This is a CRYSTALLIZED gold from Australia, a land where usually only rounded nuggets are found. The crystals are flattenned along one axis, and elongated, resulting in a lot of visual size impact per the weight/mass. This kind of surface area to mass ratio in a gold specimen we refer to as "pancake" in style because it gives you so much of the mass on the display face. This makes them more appealing as specimens, to most folks. In this size, especially, a crystallized specimen is extremely rare. It is 1100 grams in mass, of nearly pure gold mixed with minor amounts of quartz included (but still an estimated 1075 grams of gold is present). However, more than the size and the crystallographic rarity, there is yet another factor to consider. This was found in Queensland, not the richer, more common goldfields of Victoria in southern Australia. For the Northern Australian fields, this far outranks nearly everything else known to have been recovered (at least in modern times, where noted). Given the trustworthy source (one of Australia's leading field collectors), I regard this as having additional interest value. Per the collector, well-known Aussie gold-prospector and gold-detection equipment proprietor Jack Lange (SHOWN holding his find) : "The Providence nugget was found by me near Gladstone QLD at the start of the 2004 olympics. The Goldfield is situated under the town's suburbs. I got it on the fringes of the suburb. It was the only nugget within 300 metres, buried under only 45 cm of soil. The amazing find was featured in 2005 on the cover of our Australian Gold, Gem, and Treasure Magazine. Crystalline nuggets of this size (1100.3 grams) are almost unheard of in modern times!" Note that Jack is a very tall guy with large hands, so the photo showing the gold in his hand, after first cleaning, appears smaller than it would be in most folk's hands.


GOLD09-19 - Gold (spinel-twinned) - SOLD
Mockingbird Mine, Whitlock, Mariposa Co., California, USA

miniature, 4.0 x 3.7 x 3.3 cm
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This is, to me, a shockingly unique specimen featuring the largest , well-crystallized 3-dimensional spinel twin gold on matrix that I have ever seen for sale. This is NOT a flattenned crystalline gold as with Eagles Nest material and it is not a typical octohedral crystal or cluster of such as some Mockingbird material occurs. Rather, this is a SINGLE thick , euhedral CRYSTAL, fully 3.5 cm tip to tip, just so nicely perched on a well-trimmed matrix (prepped out by a VERY clever and risk-taking preparator to whom kudos is due!).This crystal has a natural patina as the enclosing quartz was removed with physical means instead of the less elegant but easier method of hydrofluoric acid. It is complete all around and is EQUALLY fine from the other side - it displays either way. If I have not yet conveyed how impressed I am, let me try more bluntly: I LOVE THIS ROCK! I loved it the moment I saw it in late 2005. I sold it shortly thereafter to a collector whom has now started to cull and slim down his collection, and I leapt at the chance to exchange it back. At the time I first had it, I could not reveal the source from whom I had obtained it; but now I can say it is from the personal collection of the late Bill Forrest: a longtime California collector, gold-miner, and co-owner of the Benitoite mine during much of its modern heyday. To me, this specimen screams out from a case in a manner far more impactful and unique than any number of larger golds I have seen for sale. The size of the crystal, and its sharp twinning, make it important. The brilliant lustre and aesthetic perch on matrix make it collectible to the connosseur. Photo on green background , by Joe Budd.


GOLD09-05 - Gold - SOLD
La Gran Sabana, near Santa Elana, Bolivar State, Venezuela

miniature, 3.4 x 2.6 x 1.8 cm
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ex.  Dr. Eugene Meieran

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These sharp, complex gold crystals showing complex hoppered crystallization, have become a modern classic that stand among the great gold specimens of all time. Very few specimens like these giants have been found at other locales (most notably Alta Floresta in Brazil a few years ago) , not for the combination of size and sharpness both. This particular, large crystal is a superb example, complete all around, with particularly equant "fins" radiating out from the middle axis. It is a full miniature and until recently was in the noted collection of Gene Meieran of Phoenix, AZ. I obtained it from him in exchange in Tucson of 2007. Gene is himself a gold specialist, and so the fact that this was one of his several examples from here adds a bit of confidence to my estimation of its quality. I feel confident knowing that he had so much more opportunity, context, and knowledge base than I, as a serious gold collector, when he picked this specimen. He was able to examine these and purchase several of the finest when they were coming out in the mid 1990s (mostly), in part through his friend, dealer Wayne Thompson. This particular specimen was long in the Meieran collection and in fact was exhibited in a well-known combination exhibition of native elements (gold, silver, platinum, copper) that was on view at the Tucson show some years ago. Today, such specimens are hard to come by on the open market. I have handled and seen several, ranging into the 100k range, quickly appear and sell through the normal mineral market. A few examples from this find were valued at 300-500k and placed in public auction through a Coin-specialist auction house around 2007 - and sold quite well. So, in context of the ones I have seen sell both privately and publicly, I feel this is a very fine quality miniature, important enough to command a higher price, that is offered at a fair price respecting the fair exchange in which I obtained it from the collector who owned it.


GOLD09-18 - Gold - SOLD
Mother Lode District, Tuolumne County, California, USA

small cabinet, 6.2 x 3.2 x 1.5 cm
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This is a very hefty piece, at 103 grams, from a classic old US locality. This came out of an old collection of gold, sold at Tucson in 2005, that had many old California specimens. It was said to be from the Motherlode district, collected in the 1960s or earlier, and I was later told by a gold expert that in style this does indeed correspond to the Southern Lode and Tuolomne County material in color and habit. 103 grams or 3.3 ounces


GOLD09-17 - Gold - SOLD
near Bendigo, Victoria, Australia

small cabinet, 9 x 6.5 x 1.5 cm
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I am not normally gung-ho about flattish nuggets from the more common Aussie locales, but THIS ONE really has style! It is a "pancake", flattish and so presenting a LOT of surface area for the price (surface/mass ratio, in other words). It looks like it was made by an artist twisting and swirling the molten gold as it fell, like thick, 3-dimensional brush-strokes on an underlaying gold infrastructure. I have seen a thousand Aussie nuggets (literally), and few strike me as this one does for elegance (maybe more obvious in person) and a really pleasing combination of forms on one piece. The specimen encases a few small quartz crystals, and has its natural patina: Too often these are cleaned to within an inch of their lives with hydrofluoric acid, and the quartz boiled off in the process. So, all i nall, one of the more stylish nuggets I have had for this size andprice range, with superb aesthetics and a LOT of display impact for the price. Masses in at 239 grams or about 7.7 troy ounces


GOLD09-16 - Gold - SOLD
near Bendigo, Victoria, Australia

small cabinet, 9.6 x 4.3 x 2.4 cm
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This is a really large, hackly mass of gold encrusting a central core of light-mass limonitic matrix, from the classic Aussie goldfields. It has a lot of size and drama for a nugget from here, not the usual boring pancake style. The large amount of matrix enmeshed by the gold is a nice touch, and somewhat unusual. This matrix doe snot comprise much of the mass, though, which is certainly approx. 95% gold by weight. 284 grams...SO THIS IS NEARLY BULLION PRICE at today's gold values.


GOLD09-15 - Gold - SOLD
Yuba River, Nevada Co., California, USA

small cabinet, 8.3 x 2.8 x 2.3 cm
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This is a GORGEOUS nugget of approximately 6 ounces, that come sfrom the historic Yuba River placers area. It was mined and kept in a family collection since the 1950s or 1960s, I was told by my source, who sold that particular family collection. It has a bright, brassy patina, really interesting and curvaceous form, and a lot of surface volume for the weight so that it look simpressive on a shelf or in the hand. Mass is 182 grams. For this locality, it is outstanding; but its good on its own aesthetic merits as well.


GOLD09-14 - Gold - SOLD
Mother Lode District, Tuolumne County, California, USA

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A hackly , complex mass of slender, elongated crystals perched on limonitic matrix, this is a VERY hefty piece for the size. It masses 58 grams and is nearly solid gold. In the midst of the unusual nest of slender crystals smothering the matrix is one single larger crystal 1.2 cm, of unusual habit. It looks like a twisted bar, in appearance. Unusual, old material from the classic Motherlode District !


GOLD09-13 - Gold - SOLD
near Bendigo, Victoria, Australia

small cabinet, 5.6 x 3.0 x 2.7 cm
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This is a very dense (surprisingly hefty!), 3-dimensional cluster of gold that shows complex and minute crystallization patterns, and is overall robust but not hackly in texture. 140 grams or approximately 4.5 troy ounces, this is a very displayable and impressive nugget that is not just the typical flat boring pancake from this famous goldfield! (NOTE THE OLD PRICE I HAVE ON IT EQUATES TO BULLION PRICE IN TODAY'S MARKET)


GOLD09-12 - Gold - SOLD
near Bendigo, Victoria, Australia

small cabinet, 5.6 x 4.4 x 2.5 cm
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A very elaborate, 3-dimensional cluster of gold that shows complex and minute crystallization patterns, and is overall hackly in texture. 130 grams or approximately 4.25 troy ounces, this is a very displayable and impressive nugget that is not just the typical flat boring pancake from this famous goldfield!


GOLD09-11 - Gold - SOLD
near Bendigo, Victoria, Australia

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This is an aesthetic, 3-dimensional cluster of gold that shows clear crystalline form , though swirled and rounded into this boot-like shape. 170 grams or approximately 5 troy ounces, this is a very displayable and impressive nugget that is not just the typical flat boring pancake from this famous goldfield!


GOLD09-10 - Gold - SOLD
Victoria Gold Mine, Montacute, Mt Lofty Ranges, South Australia, Australia

miniature, 4.9 x 3.1 x 2.2 cm
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A dramatic specimen of thick, wide vein gold in the shape of a swan perched atop matrix! The color and luster is very bright and with a brassy patina free from harsh chemical cleaning. It has an unusual look and comes from an unusual locality, according to my source in Australia from whom I bought it (Rob Sielecki, may years ago). The gold sits very attractively on just the right amount of matrix and is really 3-dimensional. Overall, especially for the price range, a superb miniature and quite a rare matrix specimen in that the gold is on the rock as opposed to intertwined with it as usual. 51 grams, of which most of that is gold - so you could figure reasonably there is at approx. a 40 gram bullion value here. I had this on the site in the 1990s, sold it, and got it back in a trade exchange recently. NOTE: According to Dr. Allan Pring at the South Australian Musuem, "this specimen is from the first gold mine in Australia and material from the mine is not represented in our collection"


GOLD09-09 - Gold - SOLD
near Bendigo, Victoria, Australia

miniature, 3.1 x 2.6 x 0.8 cm
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This is a bright, shiny nugget with some remnant crysatllization or quartz contact patterning, as it has an interestingly rough surface with minute detailing. 20 grams



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