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5.13 Ounce Gold Quartz Specimen

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This gold quartz specimen is a perfect example of a very rich gold vein. This was once part of a vein about 1.5 inches thick that was heavily laced with gold - a proverbial "Mother Lode". This piece was broken out by erosion processes but remained essentially intact. Further erosion over a great deal of time would eventually have released the gold contained in this specimen to become the more common nuggets and flakes of gold found by placer miners. As such, this specimen is a perfect example to illustrate the answer to that common question "where do gold nuggets come from"? The total weight of this specimen is 5.13 Troy ounces or 159.5 grams. Specific gravity testing reveal that it consists of about 2.94 ounces of quartz containing approximately 2.19 ounces of gold/silver.

This specimen was found by Bob Herschbach in June of 2004 at Moore Creek, Alaska with a Minelab GP 3000 metal detector. The specimen was located in tailing piles consisting of material discarded by old bulldozer and dragline operations. It was the largest gold nugget (or specimen) found at Moore Creek in 2004. It is also Bob's largest find to date.

5.13 Ounce Specimen Found By Bob Herschbach With Minelab GP 3000    5.13 Ounce Specimen Found By Bob Herschbach With Minelab GP 3000
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5.13 Troy Ounce (159.5 Gram) Gold/Quartz Specimen
This 5.13 ounce specimen was found at Moore Creek, Alaska in 2004 by Bob Herschbach. Bob found this unique specimen with a Minelab GP 3000 metal detector in old tailing piles left by dragline operations of the past. This specimen comes with a certificate of origin detailing where, when, and how it was found. Click here for a sample certificate. Certificate Number 101955.

Because of the value of this item we will not accept online credit card orders. Payment may be by postal money order or bank wire transfer.

This item will be shipped via Registered U.S. Mail, Insured, with Restricted Delivery. This means the purchaser is the only person who can sign for receipt and so plan on being available at the time of delivery. If you are not, the Post Office will hold your package until you pick it up.

Gold Specimen #101955 SOLD!

Is the price too high? We have a "reverse auction" pricing policy for gold nuggets and specimens. Anything is only worth what it will sell for. We list items at what we believe is a fair price. But if they do not sell, the marketplace is telling us we have priced too high. We therefore periodically review this page (about every 2-3 months) and lower prices on nuggets and specimens that have not sold. So if you see something you are interested in but think it is too expensive, check back later. Everything here slowly goes down in price until it sells. So pick your price... and wait!

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