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    Nullagine, Pibara Region, Western Australia, Australia
    Crystallized Gold specimens are a real rarity from Australia - even though Gold nuggets have been found in profusion in Western Australia. Nicknamed "The Eagle", because of its "wing" span, by past owner Hubert C. de Monmonier - this specimen is a crystalline aggregate of high karat Gold sporting free standing Gold crystals as well as numerous epimorphic casts of accompanying Quartz crystals. It is a massive piece of virtually pure Gold with little of the original Quartz remaining. It weighs an hefty 779 grams (25.045 troy ounces). Nullagine: an old gold mining town in Western Australia's Pilbara region is the source. From 1895 to 1914, Nullagine was a booming rough and tumble Outback town with a heart of Gold. The easy pickings ran out in 1914 and the miners moved on. Lack of discoveries, since that time have not deterred modern prospectors, equipped with metal detectors, from exploring these old mining regions, stubbornly seeking any nuggets that eluded the early miners. In 1997, an intrepid miner hit pay dirt when he found this large crystallized Gold specimen. Eventually the specimen made its way from the C. Kent Collection of Australia into the notable Gold collection of Hubert C. de Monmonier, who later bequeathed it to the University of Arizona (formerly the Arizona State & Territorial Collection). Although the University listed Kalgoorlie as the locality on its accompanying museum label, it's much rarer Nullagine origins have been confirmed by Bill Birch, Senior Curator of the Museum Victoria of Melbourne, Australia, as well as being documented in "Gold, The Noble Metal" - a special edition of ExtraLapis English Magazine, published by Lithographie in 2003. Accompanied by a custom unlabeled base, it bears the University of Arizona collection #18447, and measures 4 inches high x 5 1/8 inches wide x 1 1/4 inches thick.

    Provenance: ex. C. Kent Collection
    ex. Hubert Charles de Monmonier Collection
    ex. University of Arizona Collection

    Publication: "Gold, The Noble Metal", ExtraLapis English, Lithographie, 2003, p. 33

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2011
    12th Sunday
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