A multitude of gold nuggets in various forms and sizes await those interested in Heritage Auctions’ Nov. 4 Nature & Science Signature Auction in Dallas.
Among the top pieces offered, with an estimate of $200,000 to $300,000 and a $150,000 reserve, is a chunk exhibiting gold in quartz discovered in 1989 by a prospector who was metal detecting in Dolan Springs, Mohave County, Arizona.
Dubbed simply “Fred” by its finder, the gold specimen has a gross weight of 70 ounces and is estimated to contain 60 ounces of gold. The piece, which measures 5.5 inches by 3.5 inches by 3 inches, is an award winner at the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show.
Among the other nugget highlights are:
The Bendigo Goldfields, City of Greater Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, yielded a gold nugget that weighs 116.48 ounces.
The nugget measures 7.27 inches by 6.22 inches by 1.57 inches.
The estimate is $200,000 to $300,000, with a reserve of $120,000.
The Heritage Auction includes a T-shaped Alaskan gold nugget containing pockets of brown and white quartz. The overall measuresments are 2.63 inches by 2.62 inches by 0.83 inches, with a total weight of 490 grams. The nugget has a reserve of $22,000 on an estimate of $25,000 to $35,000.
Several of the gold specimens were retrieved from the 16-to-1 Mine in Alleghany, Alleghany Forest District, Sierra County, California.
One example is crystalline gold on milky white quartz. It measures 2.82 inches by 2.26 inches by 1.93 inches and weighs 164 grams. The estimate is $8,000 to $12,000 with a $5,000 reserve.