The "Madonna Nugget"—A Weekend Hunt to Remember
July 2017 by Tom Reyes
I worked my way to a flat area along a ridge where I could see a quartz blowout. As I got within 100 feet of it, I started seeing rock that I knew to be associated with gold.
It was down deeper than I expected for surface trash. It wasn't until I was down six inches that the target screamed from my scoop.
My first personal experience with placer diamonds was on a gold prospecting trip in Indiana about 8 years ago, when a fellow prospector was cleaning his gold concentrates.
I am going to break bedrock down a bit and explain my view of the varying scenarios I come across in the field.
My wife Maureen and I spend part of our winter season in the Quartzsite, Arizona area. One fine March morning, we left our RV camping area at approximately 10am in search of that elusive yellow metal with our metal detectors.
Over 200 panners competed in this two-day event to decide who was the best of the best.
We panned out maybe three gold pans of the material and we were shocked at the gold that was there. This rock appeared to be rich.
While the bullion value of the nugget is already substantial, the size and rarity of the Ausrox Nugget combine to make its worth invaluable in the collector market.
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