This natural Alaskan gold nugget was found in the mining area of Chicken, near 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 about 1″ long and 1/2″ wide, it weighs 3.1 dwt / 4.8 grams.
Chicken, Alaska is located near the historic Fortymile Mining District, which has a rich history of gold mining dating back to the late 1800s. The first discovery of gold in the area was made in 1886, and 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, and it quickly grew into a thriving mining community. Today, the mining industry in the area has largely shifted to small-scale operations, with miners 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, and 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.
Most of our nuggets are between 70% to 95% pure gold, 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. Our certified nuggets start at $50.00 and go up to several thousand dollars depending on the nugget size and the market price of gold. Our nuggets are weighed in pennyweight (DWT) 1 pennyweight equals 1.55 grams, 20 pennyweights equal 1 troy ounce. We negotiate with the miners to get the best price possible, but because of their rarity, natural nuggets sell for more than the daily price of gold, in fact, the larger the nugget, the more per ounce it can cost.
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.