Natural Gold Nugget Specs
This beautiful 34.8 gram natural gold nugget was mined in Ophir, Alaska this year (2023)! Gold was first unearthed in Ophir in the late 1800s, prompting a rush of prospectors to flock to the region in search of riches. Miners primarily found the gold deposits in Ophir within the gravels of ancient riverbeds, and they employed techniques such as placer mining to extract the precious metal. This method involved sifting through river sediments and gravels to separate the gold particles from other materials. Today, Ophir’s legacy lives on through the remnants of its mining infrastructure and the stories passed down through generations. Additionally, this nugget comes with a certification book and a map that shows when and where the gold was found.
This natural gold nugget weighs 22.4 dwt / 34.8 grams (about 1.1 troy ounces!). It is just over 1 1/4″ tall, about 1 1/4″ wide.
General Info About Nuggets
Because of our low prices, this gold sells quickly! If we do not have this exact nugget in stock we will find something comparable for you.
Most of our nuggets are between 70% to 95% pure gold. Furthermore, natural gold has other metals mixed with it, including silver and platinum. You can request nuggets from different areas of the state and will notice that the color and texture varies from mine to mine. We weigh our nuggets in pennyweight (DWT), where 1 pennyweight equals 1.55 grams, and 20 pennyweights equal 1 troy ounce.
Throughout Alaska, people discover natural gold nuggets, which showcase the state’s abundant mineral wealth. These nuggets are the result of various geological processes that have occurred over millions of years. The combination of glaciers, erosion, and mineralization has led to the formation of these valuable pieces of gold. Alaska’s rivers, creeks, and remote areas attract prospectors and gold enthusiasts who search for these precious nuggets, which can vary in size and shape. Thus, the allure of finding natural gold nuggets in Alaska’s picturesque landscapes has made it a popular destination for those seeking the thrill of gold prospecting and the beauty of untamed nature.