By Gerry in Idaho
Largest Gold Find in Idaho for 2020, you tell me.
As some of you who have been on DP for quite a many years, you know one of my focuses of chasing gold is in tailing piles. My biggest finds have all been in tailing piles and I feel most folks just don’t have the patience to get skunked for hours and sometimes days or weeks. But the rewards can be very gratifying for those who are dedicated and don’t mind a few “0” nugget days. Well since I’ve been training customers for 25 yrs, I see some of them actually taking that next step. Hats off to them as I know how hard they truly hunt.
This particular customer is most certainly there at the Advance Level. He has found some amazing pieces of gold in years past with every gold detector he purchased from me. But to pull off this one only took his 3rd trip out with a 3 week old Equinox 800.
Total weight of this beauty is over a pound coming in at 14.68 ounce troy. Specific gravity shows right at 3.6 ounces of heavy thick creamy rich yellow metal. I swear this year has been fantastic for my customers and I can’t even hardly keep up with their finds.
If anyone has seen a bigger piece of gold come from Idaho this year with a detector please let us know. Heck, I’d just as soon be happy with anyone showing us some Idaho gold.
So my question to everyone is this: Would you rather find a bunch of smaller nuggets or a single big rock “Idaho Golden Delicious”. Do you feel this piece is worthy of a museum and how would one go about getting it into an Idaho museum without outright donating it? Has anyone been through the process?
Now that the river level is starting to drop, I have been panning some flood gold. This gold came from 10 gallons of classified material. It was panned with a Garrett Super sluice pan. The flakes are so thin they will float on water. Hope you enjoy, it was nice to be outside and getting some gold.
By Gerry in Idaho
Last week I was training customers at Rye Patch so I missed out on the White's closing and all the comments, but I did make a little contribution (well deserved) in the White's Forum on DP.
When I returned I was overwhelmed with many emails, texts and pics of my customers recent finds. One thing about the CV-19 is it allows you to get outside and away from others.
Also, what was interesting to me is the different kinds of gold and the states they came from.
Here are some pictures of my customers Success, the detectors they used and the states they recently found their gold. Hats off to you all for allowing me to share your success.
This very interesting and highly collectible specimen piece was found in Idaho with an Equinox 800 (dang, how did I miss that one?) Notice that is the stock 11" coil.
The next 2 pics were found in NV with the NOX and stock 11" coil
2 pics below of the same gold and were found in MT with EQ-800 and small 6" coil.
Nice solid pieces.
Then there is my customer in AZ with his GPZ-7000. He has been doing really well this year with over a half pound. The 3 pics are from 3 half day hunts in a row. He ended up with about a half oz of gold. He has a buddy come to visit and says I found some right here, why don't you head over there.
The 3+ ouncer below was found by his buddy who came to visit. Ouch, that must be one heck of a friend.
Notice all those nuggets are pretty rough and have not traveled that far. AZ still has good gold, just need to get a little farther away from the trails.
Last is gold from a state most of us to not get to see. Wyoming is not known for gold nuggets, but I do have a few customers who do pretty well.
These pieces of gold are very solid and look to be hammered almost. I'm no geologist but think maybe from glacial?
I also noticed the dirt coloration is different than most places I hunt and find gold , but I don't hunt WY, yet anyway.
Part of the reason I enjoy gold is the natural and unique characters each piece and area provide.
Heck, there is a really ornate specimen, some nice jeweler nuggets and some really cool collector rocks with gold. Even the big 3 ounce chunk is quite interesting as the source must be pretty close.
By Gerry in Idaho
Is this the biggest gold find in the United States, so far in 2020?
I’ve been patiently waiting for the time to share this magnificent recent discovery. It's funny because I actually had a conversation with some newer prospectors this last winter and they wondered if there was still any mammoth gold finds to be made.
Once again I share some Success Pics of my customer and his 3 pound golden rock. Ron from Idaho purchased an SDC-2300 from me, but what was more important, he took the 3 days Field Training class my staff and I offer. Guess I don’t need to tell you, but I think he has it figured out. This Arizona gold discovery recently is said to be the largest piece of Au found in the United States this year with a metal detector. I can only confirm what I have heard and seen posted on other sites and so far I think it is.
Here are the details. The golden rock weighs in at 3 pounds and after numerous Specific Gravity Test’s it shows over a pound of gold. It was even sent to a specialist and professionally tested again with authentication paperwork and came back at 16.973 ozt of gold.
The rock was approx. 16” deep and he was about to dismiss it as huge trash, but since he’d already found a few smaller bits in the area, he decided to keep digging. Those who know the SDC-2300 realize Big Gold is not it’s specialty and most owners of the 2300 don’t dig beyond 10 to 12” at most.
I wonder how most folks would react if they just dug up something like this? I’d immediately go back to the truck, change my shorts, grab a GPZ-7000 with Super Deep heavy boat anchor 19” coil and head right back there. And since I already have a bad back, I'd have to get Lunk to do the digging.
So glad you did not give up Ron and I hope you do find a buyer for that beauty. Thanks for allowing me to share.