Gold nuggets are found in many sizes.
In its April 30 Nature and Science sale, Heritage Auctions is offering a handful of
nuggets, including examples from Australia and the Original
Sixteen-to-One Mine in California. The auction also offers
examples of crystalline gold.
Three gold nuggets are offered from finds in Bendigo, City of Greater Bendigo, Victoria, Australia.
One, with an estimate of $25,000 to $35,000, weighs 554 grams and
contains 17.84 troy ounces of gold. The nugget measures 3.82 inches by
1.94 inches by 0.84 inch.
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A second nugget, with an estimate of $4,000 to $6,000, weighs in at
2.26 troy ounces of gold. It measuers 1.61 inches by 1.22 inches by
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A third lot, with an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000, offers a
U-shaped nuggets exhibiting two flanges, with an overall weight of 371
grams and a gold content of 11.93 troy ounces. The nugget measures
3.35 inches by 2.13 inches by 0.68 inch.
Original Sixteen-to-One Mine
Two lots offer cyrstalline gold on quartz originally mined from the
Original Sixteen-to-One Mine in Alleghany, Sierra County, Calif.
One example, with an estimate of $8,000 to $10,000, carries a gross
weight of 86 grams and contains 2.6 troy ounces of gold. It measures
2.68 inches by 1.4 inches by 0.82 inch.
The second example, with an estimate of $25,000 to $30,000, weighs
356 grams containing 10.1 troy ounces of gold. The piece measures 3.35
inches by 1.84 inches by 1.72 inches.
The Original Sixteen-to-One Mine, which was opened in 1896 and
incorporated in 1911, is still being mined today.