Dense and Unique Crystalline Gold Specimen - Oriental Gold Mine


The Allegheny Mining District was the largest producing gold district during the California Gold Rush. One of the more notable gold mines from the Allegheny was the Oriental Gold Mine. This piece is from the private collection of Donald Dickey, lifelong owner of the Oriental Gold Mine. While most of the gold that was recovered from the Oriental Gold Mine was melted down into bullion, Dickey was ahead of his time in preserving the best specimens and kept the unusual pieces he discovered. All of this gold was mined decades ago and has been held in his collection until recently.

Item# T1987
Weight: 9.6 grams (148.2 grains)
Dimensions: 1" or 25mm

There is gold and then there is GOLD! Not all gold was created equal. At we spend most of our time seeking out the world’s finest gold nuggets and gold specimens.

-Only about 2% of the gold in the world is in “gold nugget” form and the other 98% is microscopic speck and flake gold found in ore. A good gold ore today will have about one ounce of gold for every two tons of rock.
Even rarer are crystallized gold specimens and only about 0.04% of the gold in the world is crystallized. These natural gold nuggets and gold specimens are true - one of a kind - masterpieces from the earth’s natural elements and are found mostly in pockets where the gold was able to crystallize while it formed, much the same way other crystals form deep inside the earth.
Most of the hard rock mines that uncovered these extremely rare gold nugget crystals are closed today and it is extremely rare to have a new discovery of crystallized gold nuggets or gold specimens.
At, we are experts on natural gold nuggets and gold specimens and guarantee all our gold nuggets and gold specimens are natural and not man-made.

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