Like Nothing Else - Wire and Clay Gold Specimen -Olinghouse Mine


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This is one of my most unusual gold specimens in my collection. Because of the size and absolute uniqueness with hundreds of gold wires that formed around a blue clay, this specimen could be in a museum. Most gold is found in quartz and every once in a while I see it formed in another type of matrix, but there is no rock or matrix at all in this specimen, just a hard clay that the gold somehow naturally formed in. It defies words when you understand how gold naturally formed within the earth. It's a brilliant specimen for the collector of the most unusual gold.

Please note, this specimen is a fragile piece. Because there is no hard quartz the specimen was carefully excavated by the miners and then a clear adhesive was used on the backside to stabilize the piece and keep it from falling apart. This does not affect the value when used to preserve such a rare gold specimen.

Interested in learning more about gold crystals? Click here to read an article I recently published on our other website, The Gold Museum.

Item# AD4
Weight: 20.6 grams (316 grains)
Dimensions: 3-1/8" or 78mm

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-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.
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