Crystallized Gold (old CA - 2.94 grams)

Oriental Mine, Alleghany District, Sierra Co., California
4.1 x 2.0 x 0.2 cm
Start Time: 07/30/2020 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 08/06/2020 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $299

Item Description

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Gold specimens attributable to the Oriental Mine are EXTREMELY RARE compared to those from the nearby, much more famous and prolific 16 to 1 Mine. The Oriental Mine is now considered to be part of the 16 to 1 Mine complex. First production was in 1865 and has been intermittent since then (MINDAT). This flattened sculptural two-sided rarity with a bright sparkly patina is composed of a myriad of tiny rounded gold crystals with a bit of embedded quartz matrix. This form of gold is called sponge gold. Mass is 2.94 grams. The current bullion gold price is $1958/ounce or almost $63/gram. Bullion value is therefore alone, about $185. Specimen value is much more. This is an outstanding California gold from the less well-known locale. A bit fragile and thin, but you get a lot of surface area to weight ratio here!

Bidding History

Bidder Bid Amount Bid Time
weloganites $299 08/06/2020 6:13:44 pm (CDT)
banska $289 08/06/2020 6:11:14 pm (CDT)
weloganites $281 08/06/2020 6:11:14 pm (CDT)
banska $257 08/06/2020 2:59:20 pm (CDT)
argo $247 08/06/2020 2:59:19 pm (CDT)
argo $220 08/06/2020 1:55:42 am (CDT)
minwreck $210 08/06/2020 1:55:42 am (CDT)
minwreck $197 08/06/2020 1:55:06 am (CDT)
argo $187 08/06/2020 1:55:06 am (CDT)
minwreck $156 08/05/2020 2:48:50 pm (CDT)
keith $146 08/05/2020 2:48:49 pm (CDT)
keith $145 08/05/2020 4:27:07 am (CDT)
smitty_5454 $135 08/05/2020 4:27:07 am (CDT)
smitty_5454 $130 08/03/2020 8:29:00 pm (CDT)
Lman1234 $120 08/03/2020 7:31:32 pm (CDT)
vet911 $110 08/02/2020 6:03:12 pm (CDT)
smitty_5454 $100 08/02/2020 6:03:12 pm (CDT)
smitty_5454 $60 08/01/2020 11:58:14 am (CDT)
demacedo* $50 08/01/2020 9:53:30 am (CDT)
DiegoMat* $50 08/01/2020 9:53:30 am (CDT)
DiegoMat $20 08/01/2020 9:53:20 am (CDT)
demacedo $15 08/01/2020 9:53:20 am (CDT)
DiegoMat $10 08/01/2020 12:35:38 am (CDT)
* Proxy Bid Battle: In the event of two customers inputting matching proxy bids, the leading bid goes to the earliest of the two proxy bids. Tie winners are shown in bold.