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DescriptionRARE ALASKAN GIANT GOLD NUGGET - THE "KAUFFMAN" NUGGET
Brooks Range Mine, near Wiseman, Alaska
Large gold nuggets over 5 troy ounces are extremely rare, especially from Alaska. The present specimen was almost discarded with gravel from the mining operation's placer system, designed to collect the smaller, more common gold fragments. Few such nuggets of this size are recovered, but it suggests that somewhere within the mountains above Lake Creek 45 miles west of Wiseman in the northern Yukon there is a mother lode just waiting to be exploited. This is a fantastic, palm-sized natural nugget of gold, its surface rubbed almost entirely smooth by alluvial action and formed into a shape reminiscent of the human heart. It measures approximately 4¼ x 2¾ x ¾ inches and weighs in at a whopping 21.6927 ozt (674.7g); the story of its discovery is recounted in the October 10, 1995 Anchorage Daily News, the relevant portion of which is included with this Lot.
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