Unusual find: Gold Nugget???

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Pete E
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Not mine I'm afraid, but somebody on a dig with a FB group I am a member of has just unearthed what looks very like a gold nugget in a field in deepest darkest Shropshire !

The pic below shows it on his machine, and it looks a really good size for a British nugget...I don't own a Deus so not sure of the exact scale, but did wonder if it could be the remains of a gold tooth?

Question is would it be classed as "treasure" if a nugget?
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Oh wow, i have no idea but it certainly looks the business
Lets hope any tests confirm it for your friend :thumbsup:
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It could be melted hack gold. It could be tricky regarding treasure as there is no way to date it, I had a piece of gold ribbon which they wouldn't accept as treasure as there is nothing to date it by.
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It actually looks like a gold nugget containing ironstone, I guess it was brought over from another country.
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Nice find! No way you could date it By the look of things so looks like you’ve got yourself a wonderful little item :thumbsup:
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Gold nuggets can be 40 million years old and their origin can be traced to a particular area of a country by their composition, kind of like a fingerprint. That is how some illegal prospectors have been caught out when they said that they found their gold nuggets elsewhere. :thumbsup:
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Oxgirl wrote: Wed Nov 10, 2021 12:43 pm Nice find! No way you could date it By the look of things so looks like you’ve got yourself a wonderful little item :thumbsup:
Sadly not mine.. somebody's who's on a FB group I follow..they are on a dig today while I am stuck at the computer!
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Easylife wrote: Wed Nov 10, 2021 12:55 pm Gold nuggets can be 40 million years old and their origin can be traced to a particular area of a country by their composition, kind of like a fingerprint. That is how some illegal prospectors have been caught out when they said that they found their gold nuggets elsewhere. :thumbsup:
It would be very interesting to know where it came from..I think the nearest known deposits in the UK would be above Bala in North Wales, so I suspect it's a nugget that's been dropped in the past as you suggested earlier...
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Certainly looks as if it has been rolling around in a river at some time in its life? As easylife says, its origin can be identified. If it's UK there will be a Klondike :Party: rush before the weekend!!
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Easylife wrote: Wed Nov 10, 2021 12:36 pm It actually looks like a gold nugget containing ironstone, I guess it was brought over from another country.
Wales?
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Maybe a souvenir from one of the Aussie gold rushes in the late 1800's though clearly well travelled before then.
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Nice find.

Here's a couple of images of a piece of quartz with naturally occurring gold within it that I found a while ago....

Gold Nugget
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As a quick follow up, the gentleman who found this has posted a pic of it on the scales and it came in at 4grams which is not too shabby at all...
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Gold nuggets and smaller flakes and dust can turn up in many areas of the UK well away from any known source. Usually these can be related to glacial deposits from the many ice ages over the last couple of million years.

For example alluvial gold occurs in some areas of the north Lakes or the north Pennines where the geology should not contain any gold mineralisation. The thinking is that these occurences are the result of gold being weathered out of the glacial tills derived from gold bearing areas of Scotland and reworked by local streams and rivers. A similar process could account for this nugget in Shropshire and just for note gold occurs in adjacent counties and also in Shropshire.

However reality suggest that this piece is probably a keepsake from a diggers efforts in a gold rush somewhere in the world or just a piece of melted gold. Nice to find a bit of yellow no matter what it is.

Lets us know what grade it tests as.
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Steve RC wrote: Fri Nov 12, 2021 4:34 pm
Lets us know what grade it tests as.
I think my Aussie gold tested about 94% pure, often it is slightly less though.
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