Gold, Quartz
Thumbnail, 2.2 x 1.6 x 0.8 cm
Placerville (Hangtown), Placerville District, El Dorado Co., California, USA

2.2 x 1.6 x 0.8 cm (largest). A fine two-piece set of sculptural and bright, hackly and microcrystalline gold with a bit of quartz from the Placerville area of California. The showy, feathery-looking specimens have a couple of hoppered octahedrons and both pieces have a bit of embedded quartz. "Hangtown" is probably appropriately named for those who tried to steal gold from the rightful owners and were caught. These pieces were mined in 1969.