Don't have the time or patience to prospect for gold on your own but
still want the thrill of owning the hoped for result?
Holabird Western Americana is offering multiple lots of gold nuggets, found in locations around
the United States, during the Oct. 1 session of its three-day sale
Sept. 30 to Oct. 2.
An 8.07-troy-ounce cluster of gold nuggets is offered with an
estimate of $13,000 to $18,500. The largest nugget in the cluster
measures 0.5 millimeter by 1.8 millimeters by 1.8 millmeters.
The cluster was found at Ladies Canyon near Downieville, Calif.
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A 1.77-ounce nugget from a location near Stanton, Ariz., is offered
with an estimate of $2,900 to $4,000.
The nugget measures 1 millimeter by 3.7 millimeters by 3.1 millimeters.
Gold Basin discovery
Gold Basin, Ariz., yielded a 0.92-ounce nugget that is offered with
an estimate of $1,500 to $1,900.
The nugget measures 1 millimeter by 4.5 millimeters by 1.9 millimeters.
According to the auction lot description, "Gold Basin is a
popular placer gold spot in Mohave County, Arizona. The placers in the
Gold Basin region have produced both coarse and fine gold. While
nuggets in the four to five ounce range are about the maximum that are
found, these are rare. Still, there are a good number of nuggets over
an ounce that have been found in this area."
North to Alaska
The 49th state yielded a 1.37-ounce nugget measuring 0.8 millimeter
by 3.6 millimeters by 2.8 millimeters. The nugget, with an estimate of
$2,200 to $4,000, is identified as having been discovered in the
The Bering Sea also yielded a 0.96-ounce gold nugget with small
amounts of quartz showing. Measuring 1.5 millimeters by 3.8
millimeters by 1.8 millimeters, the nugget is offered with an estimate
of $1,600 to $2,000.
Hand-made silver ingot
Offered with an estimate of $150 to $300 is a 1907 hand-made
25-millimeter round silver ingot from Central City, Gilpin County, in Colorado.
The ingot is stamped on one side in four lines, FINE / .999 / SILVER
/ 1907. On the other side is stamped in two lines the weight
designated as 6 DWT / 3GR.