One of the biggest gold nuggets ever found was in 1858 in the hills near Ballarat, in Central Victoria, Australia. The nugget was a monstrous 69-kilograms (152-pounds)! At today’s spot price for gold that would be a little over $3,300,000-US! Though finds like that are extremely rare, there is still gold to be found. One lucky prospector recently found a 63-ounce (4.32-pounds) in the area around Ballarat. Of course, he’s not saying exactly where.
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According to this article, there is still virgin ground in Wyoming!
“Because there was absolutely no easy access to Wyoming gold areas, only a few very hardy prospectors ever even put pick and shovel to the ground,” says the Wyoming Prospectors Association. “The few mining operations that operated did extremely well finding huge amounts of gold.”Mark Davis Powell Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange
The article is a good read about prospecting in Wyoming. A little history, some story, and but of local info. If what they are saying is true, it looks like I might need to reconsider my summer plans for 2020.
The article is a couple of years old, but it’s new to me. It’s about a journalist from London that came to California to do a story on gold prospecting… and stayed!
From the article: Speaking from his home in London, Boggan describes standing chest-high in mud on the Bear River; how 80 percent of California’s gold is still in the ground; and why today’s Americans could use a bit of the pioneer spirit that inspired prospectors during the 1849 Gold Rush.
The Reed Gold Mine is holding a gold panning competition on September 14th (Saturday). Make sure to mark your calendars if you’re within driving distance of Midland, NC.
It looks like the competition is open to everyone, with separate practice and competition times for Amateurs and Professionals. The entry fees are $15 for adult and $10 for junior categories.
I found a new gem site in Maine. Dig Maine Gems is the name! Looking to spend the day in Maine digging through pay dirt for gems? Then head over to Bryant Pond, ME. They’ll set you up with material to search through. You have to go if you want the opportunity to find a beauty like the one shown here.