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#1 John B.

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Posted 21 February 2006 - 03:02 PM

Hi All

I recieved a call from a poor freezin guy in Wisconsin looking for information about the largest recorded Az Nuggets. Apparently he needs this info for a book or article he's writing. How he got my number I don't know but maybe he heard some rumors about me or something ?? In the books the largest I could find was a dinky 65 ouncer from the Lapaz Placers !! Any input I'm sure he'll be lurkin ? Happy Huntin John B.
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Posted 21 February 2006 - 03:13 PM

Hi John B:

Why don't you just list all your big lunkers- surely they all rank someplace in the top ten. ;)

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Posted 21 February 2006 - 05:04 PM

Hi John. What about the "boot of cortez" found in the sonoran desert. 389.4 OZ. Largest in the western hemisphere. But I'M sure you already know that. Take care, Jeff. P.S. I realize that the finder of this says he found it on the mexican side of the desert but thats what I would claim too.

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Posted 21 February 2006 - 05:26 PM

Hello John,

The 65 ouncer found in the La Paz District was a piece of quartz/gold. It wasn't a solid piece of gold. Now there was a solid 43 ouncer and recently just a solid 23 ouncer.

I'm positive there were 50+ ouncers found here in Arizona, but never seen any old reports on 100+ ouncers here in Arizona. However, I believe there are a few out there somewhere though.

The 28.5 ounce "Tongue Nugget" was found at Rich Hill several years ago. It wasn't completely solid, but 3/4th of it was solid gold. A friend from NY found a 16.5 solid ouncer about 3-4 years ago at Rich Hill and several 11-12 ounce solid pieces have been found within the last year.

About five years ago a person found the solid 43 ouncer from the Lake Havasu area.

You probably know more about big lunkers from your goldfields down South.

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Posted 21 February 2006 - 06:59 PM

Hi, I don't know a lot about the history of Az gold nugget finds but I did a search through google and found some interesting articles, some of which already mentioned by some of you:

Picture of the "Boot of Cortez" and others: http://home.att.net/...gold/tgms04.htm

270 Gram nugget: http://www.minsocam..../arc/azgold.htm

75 troy 0z nugget: http://www.azod.com/...v... Part 2.htm

47 Oz nugget: http://www.tucsonwee.....oid=oid:44566

Some nice Az finds: http://www.worldwide...pectacular.html

Worlds Largest existing gold nugget-Brazil- (60,820 kg) 1679 TROY OUNCES - "SERRA PELADA" NUGGET
: Picture: http://www.guiadebra...as/bcb/ouro.htm

Origin of Worlds largest gold deposit: http://news.national...3_wiregold.html

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Posted 21 February 2006 - 08:35 PM

Hi again,

More info on the 47 Oz Az nugget found in Oct 01.

This is probably real old news to you local Az folks but hopefully new and interesting to newer members like myself. http://www.havasugol...Club Record.htm

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Posted 21 February 2006 - 11:37 PM

From reading all those links it sounds like 75 oz. may be it. Sure you don't have any of your own stash you just rather not reveal to the world John B.? I've heard the boot of cortez was found south of the border. Twelve miles south of the border, north of Caborca, Mexico. Of course I'm imagine the boot info. is second or third, fourth hand, etc.
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Posted 22 February 2006 - 01:20 AM

The largest nugget that is essentially "all gold" nugget from California was the Willard or Dogtown nugget, 52 pounds troy, or 622 ounces. Found at Magilia in the 1850s.

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Posted 22 February 2006 - 05:24 AM

Lot's of big California gold,with quite a few bigger than the Magalia piece.Depends on one's defination of nugget or specie.The piece fromCarson Hill,just down the roadfrom here was 195lbs. of gold with a couple of quartz pounds.I have a xerox copy of a soft covered book from the 1930's,Gold nuggets of the world,telling of many big finds in the old days.Somewhere,besides ancientriver channels there will be a few of those monsters left..Dave
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Posted 22 February 2006 - 08:45 AM

Hi again.

A little off subject as these nuggets, were not found in Az but still interesting.
A number of spectacular nuggets and masses of pure gold were recovered in California in the early days. The most famous were the 195-pound mass of gold from Carson Hill and the 54-pound Willard nugget from Magalia. Small high-grade ore shoots or pockets have been found in many districts, but the richest and most numerous have been in the Alleghan district of Sierra County.
The 50-pound slab from Knapp's Ranch, Tuolumne County.
The 28-pound Holden Chispa nugget from Holden's Gardens in Sonora.
A 28-pound nugget from Sullivan Creek, Tuolumne County.
The 426- and 532-ounce nuggets from French Ravine, Sierra County.
The gold-quartz boulder that held more than $8,000 in gold from Pilot Hill, El Dorado County.
A 360-ounce oblong smooth piece of native gold from Sullivan Creek, Tuolumn County.
A 150-pound quartz-gold mass from Wood's Creek, Tuolumne County, that yielded 75 pounds of gold.
A 52-pound mass of gold quartz from the Diltz mine, Whitlock
http://www.homestead...forniaGold.html

1888 State Miner alogist Annual Report mentions a 16 cu ft quartz boulder (yielded $33,000 worth of gold) that was found a number of years prior to the report

Picture of gold boulder/1995. Looks like a huge find. I think I would definitely find a way to move this thing.
http://www.treasuren...sur...ar:"1995"

Like Dave said, I would like to think there are some lunkers like these still out there waiting to be found.

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Posted 22 February 2006 - 11:52 AM

Well once again this one is claimed as not from Arizona....... but still nice to read about a 40+ once placer nugget anyway WOW.gif ROFL.gif

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Posted 22 February 2006 - 10:48 PM

Hey again.

Not finding any record of huge nuggets in Az as in Calif but still some respectable ones some of which have been found in the recent past so there are still some lunkers out there I'm sure. Here is a record of a few more found near La Pez:

By the time the summer of 1863 rolled around, the Los Angeles newspapers were printing stories on the rich gold fields of La Paz, where 150 Americans, 500 Mexicans and 2,000 Indians worked the diggings. During their first year of operation, the placer fields at La Paz were estimated to have produced $1 million in gold. While some of the nuggets found during that first year were as large as 47 ounces, most ranged between one and 20 ounces. Gold was then selling at $18.50 an ounce in San Francisco. By 1910, $2 million in gold had been taken from the diggings at La Paz.
In more recent times, Chester Long, an Arizona-based prospector, has found dozens of gold nuggets with a metal detector near La Paz. In the winter of 1993, Tom Barton, a young prospector from Alaska, found a 23.6-ounce gold nugget using a Fisher Gold Bug metal detector in a gulch a short distance south of the La Paz diggings.
http://www.losttreas.../10-1-1999.html

Also a 9 oz nugget was found fairly recently at Rich hill.
http://www.azod.com/.....Rich Hill.htm

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Posted 23 February 2006 - 02:42 AM

In Murphys California there is a 44 pounder in the vault at the (www.Ironstonevineyards.com/about/museum.asp.---Was found on Christmas Day 1992--quite xmas present :*&$*(:

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Posted 23 February 2006 - 05:31 AM

Yeah Hammer,that was found at the Sonora mining Co. in Jamestown,Ca. and parts of it were run through the mill.That chunk was left on the conveyor belt.Believe it came out of part of a vein under table mountain that the old gravel miners passed on...Dave
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Posted 23 February 2006 - 07:14 AM

Hammer,

Wow, That's a pretty 44 lb piece of gold. WOW.gif
Here's the link again: http://www.ironstone...bout/museum.asp

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Posted 24 February 2006 - 10:52 AM

Joe26or,

That fantail nugget sure is a pretty one who's link you posted earlier. I was curious about it so I did a search of fantail nugget. Seems it was found in Austraila in the mid 90's. Seller want's 3X the spot value for it!! This link has a pic of it and more info: http://www.goldmarti...es1274grams.asp

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Posted 24 February 2006 - 01:23 PM

While were posting interesting big gold links here's a couple, the first is a 56 POUND nugget found relatively recently by a prospector in eastern australia. http://earth.usc.edu...rison/gold.html
The second is interesting since it comes from Finland-someplace I wouldn't think of as having large nuggets. A 12.5 oz. nugget was found there. http://www.kultamuse...en/historia.htm
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Posted 25 February 2006 - 08:49 AM

Hi Roughwater

It looks like someone got caught fibbin on a big nugget find !! Shame on them there is almost always a scumbag in the crowd. I remember the articles about the fantail nugget and all the hoopla relating to minelabs and how deep it was that went with it !! It's a crying shame when stuff like that happens it makes the honest look dishonest in the minds of those that don't understand or passions !! Happy Huntin John B.
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Posted 25 February 2006 - 09:11 AM

Hey John B,

I never heard the original reports about the Fantail nugget, only what was posted here in the last few days so I'm real curious about what was said back then? Could you elaborate on the original story line if you don't mind? I'm sure no miner out there would ever fib about his finds. ;)

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Posted 28 February 2006 - 07:10 PM

Here's AZ's biggest nugget.
He went from 14 pounds to about 80
and has spent lots of time in washes....
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