Nuggets do fetch more than raw melted gold due to its rarity in nugget form. Remember, gold weight is most often listed in troy and metric values.
The weight of gold can be measured in troy ounces, grams, or penny weight. (troy) = 31.10 g (31.1 grams). (troy) = 20 dwt (20 pennyweight) 1.55 grams = 1 dwt (1 pennyweight) 1.0 grams = 15.43 gr (15.43 grains).Be sure you know the difference between a gram and a grain! Some unscrupulous sellers will intentionally mislead you by listing the weights incorrectly with common abbreviations ("g" is for grams and "gr" is for grains). 10 GRAINS is equal to just 0.479 GRAMS. Remember it takes 15.43 grains (gr) to make just one gram (g) of gold. And there are 31.1 grams to one troy ounce. A grain is the smallest unit of measurement of gold.
Are valued differently than raw gold and gold in coin form. When evaluating natural gold, consider several factors.
Gold may be valued on: weight, rarity, physical dimensions, shine, brightness or luster, purity, origin, and whether the nugget is considered collector or specimen grade. Less than 2% of all gold mined is in nugget form.
Gold nuggets are now rarer than diamonds. Gold Weight, character and Color! For an average quality nugget, weight and color are your best bets for determining value.Look for bright and shiny gold - if the gold is dark, it may contain a high amount of copper or other less minerals and metals. Pure gold looks just as you would expect.
The acid test is the most reliable (not recommended) and commonly used method, yet can be dangerous due to the liquids used. This determines gold from base metals. This will show the general karat range, but is not completely accurate unless you are an experienced tester. You are ONLY testing a small area of the nugget. Electronic testers are used often, but one thing to keep in mind is that these testers utilize a surface test and will only give you the karat of the actual spot you are testing.You will need to test in several spots to ensure that you didn't just get one particularly fine area of the nugget. No electronic tester can test gold dust or flakes. Therefore, the only true accurate means is a destructive fire assay test, which means melting the gold, which destroys the nugget value. Gold is measured in "mesh or screen" sizes.
Because this is natural gold and not man made, it is very hard to predict how many pieces there are per gram or ounce. But in general, you can expect about 2-4 pieces of 6 mesh per gram, 7-12 pieces of 8 mesh per gram and around 15-20 per gram for 10 mesh (similar to Grapenuts). Some nuggets may be flat and light or rounded and very dense (heavy).
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It can take up to two weeks. Please wait until the END of the day to pay for all your auctions at once; then you will get a combined rate. I will share this cost with you. Each side of the nuggets, silver and jewelery will be photographed, as I do not hide anything, including flaws, and will be mentioned if I see it.I will show each angle of the nugget/s, good, bad or ugly. A bit about me and where the gold is mined.
Most of my Alaskan placer gold nuggets are from Circle, Fairbanks, FortyMile, Bonnifield, Rampart, Yukon, Valdez, Koyukuk. Between 35 and 60 miners supply me throughout the state; some in Canada.I clean the gold by a natural process to knock off the dirt. The color and shine of the gold will vary, depending on the creek, assay, metal content, etc. I don't always know the creek where your gold comes from, but most of the time I do. From 2009 until now, gold is my full time job after a long career in aviation since 1977. I have gained the trust in hundreds, maybe approaching thousands, of return customers, including other sellers and plan to keep it that way.
I also sell fine jewelry and custom made Alaskan nugget pieces hand crafted by my friend and neighbor, Jim. He is a talented jeweler and his custom pieces are one of a kind. I have a source for vintage Alaskan jewelry, but often I don't know the history of the item. When I don't know a certain stone, I will state that. I'm not a gemologist, but I do know gold.
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If you see errors in my listings, please let me know... If a listing is removed, it's only to correct an error... Not for any obscure reason; it's as simple as that. It will always be relisted. Auctiva offers Free Image Hosting and Editing.The item "GOLD NUGGET Natural Alaska Placer 10.071 Grams AK Hunter Creek Hi Purity" is in sale since Thursday, January 28, 2021. This item is in the category "Coins & Paper Money\Bullion\Gold\Nuggets".
The seller is "judyjudygold" and is located in Salcha, Alaska. This item can be shipped to United States, all countries in Europe, Canada.