Natural Gold Nugget Specs
This beautiful 7.2 gram natural gold nugget was found near the town of Chicken, Alaska by the Canadian border. The old timers wanted to call it Ptarmigan, but nobody new how to spell that so they decided on “Chicken”. It is just about 3/4″ long and about 1/2″ wide, it weighs 4.7 dwt / 7.2 grams.
Chicken, Alaska is located near the historic Fortymile Mining District. The district has a rich history of gold mining dating back to the late 1800s. In fact, the first discovery of gold in the area was made in 1886! By the early 1900s, the Fortymile Mining District had become one of the largest gold-producing regions in Alaska. The town of Chicken itself was founded during the gold rush of the early 1900s which quickly grew into a thriving mining community. Today, the mining industry in the area has largely shifted to small-scale operations. For instance, miners are using methods such as panning and sluicing to extract gold. Nonetheless, the legacy of gold mining remains an important part of Chicken’s history and identity. Thus, the town continues to be a popular destination for tourists who come to explore the historic mining sites and learn about the region’s rich mining heritage.
General Info about Natural Gold 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.