Six Pound Gold Nugget Found

Posted on 09 August 2016

    Photo Courtesy Kagin’s, Tiburon , CA


A six-pound gold nugget was recently found in California's gold country by a man with a metal detector.

It was discovered in  Butte County, Calif., in July, 2014. 

 "The Butte Nugget is valued at a higher price because of its California provenance, versus a nugget from another country." quotes the seller in  Tiburon, CA. 


“I really didn’t believe that I would see a California nugget of this size unearthed during my lifetime,” said David McCarthy, the company’s senior numismatist.  “I’m convinced this man found what he said he found,” McCarthy told the newspaper. 

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the prospector carefully documented his find to prove it's California origin.


This discovery may be the second largest gold nugget found in California.  The 156 oz. Mojave Nugget is noted as the largest found to date, and is on display at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. 

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