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February 4, 2018

20 Gram Gold Nugget Liberty Gold Mine Washington State

by oakley711

20 Gram Gold Nugget metal detecting

Okay, I know for you purest this article title may be taken as somewhat misleading, because the gold nugget was found in an underground gold mine. But, the truth is if the guy with the Minelab metal detector was not scanning the wall of the mine this nugget would have never been found. In this mine they were following the lower bedrock and finding most of their nuggets there. I’m pretty sure after this they use the metal detector on all sides of the mine!

20 Gram Gold Nugget

20 Gram Gold Nugget - gold nugget

20 gram gold nugget

Liberty is a small unincorporated community in Kittitas County, Washington, United States. Following the discovery of gold in Swauk creek in 1873, Liberty was one of several gold-mining camps that sprang up. Wikipedia
North of Ellensburg Washingtonm, the best gold areas are around Liberty in Swauk and Williams Creeks. The first gold was found here in 1873. but, the real story about this area is that it has a propensity for producing very large nuggets.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

In literature, there are two nuggets that claim their status as the biggest gold nuggets in the world: the Welcome Stranger with the Canaã nugget being the largest surviving natural nugget. Considered by most authorities to be the biggest gold nugget ever found, the Welcome Stranger was found at Moliagul, Victoria, Australia in 1869 by John Deason and Richard Oates. It weighed gross, over 2,520 troy ounces (78 kg; 173 lb) and returned over 2,284 troy ounces (71.0 kg; 156.6 lb) net. The Welcome Stranger is sometimes confused with the similarly named Welcome Nugget, which was found in June 1858 at Bakery Hill, Ballarat, Australia by the Red Hill Mining Company. The Welcome weighed 2,218 troy ounces (69.0 kg; 152.1 lb). It was melted down in London in November 1859.

The Canaã nugget, also known as the Pepita Canaa, was found on September 13, 1983 by miners at the Serra Pelada Mine in the State of Para, Brazil. Weighing 1,955 troy ounces (60.8 kg; 134.1 lb) gross, and containing 1,682.5 troy ounces (52.33 kg; 115.37 lb) of gold, it is among the largest gold nuggets ever found,] and is, today, the largest in existence. The main controversy regarding this nugget is that the excavation reports suggest that the existing nugget was originally part of a nugget weighing 5,291.09 troy ounces (165 kg; 363 lb) that broke during excavations. The Canaã nugget is displayed at the Banco Central Museum in Brazil along with the second and third largest nuggets remaining in existence, weighing respectively 1,506.2 troy ounces (46.85 kg; 103.28 lb) and 1,393.3 troy ounces (43.34 kg; 95.54 lb), which were also found at the Serra Pelada region.

The largest gold nugget found using a metal detector is the Hand of Faith, weighing 875 troy ounces (27.2 kg; 60.0 lb), found in Kingower, Victoria, Australia in 1980.

Historic large specimens include the crystalline “Fricot Nugget”, weighing 201 troy ounces (6.3 kg; 13.8 lb) — the largest one found during the California Gold Rush. It is on display at the California State Mining and Mineral Museum.

The largest gold nugget ever found in California weighed 1,593 troy ounces (49.5 kg; 109.2 lb). It was found in August 1869 in Sierra Buttes by five partners — W.A. Farish, A. Wood, J. Winstead, F.N.L. Clevering and Harry Warner.

20 Gram Gold Nugget

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