Cabinet, 10.8 x 5.9 x 0.7 cm
Breckenridge District, Summit Co., Colorado, USA

A MAJOR specimen from this old mine, dated to the Colorado gold rush era of the 1880s. It is complete all around and there are no repairs. People knowledgeable about such gold specimens have indicated to me that the rarity of this piece, in such a size and quality range, is not to be underestimated: it is perhaps one of only a half dozen surviving golds of this magnitude. This piece has superb history and provenance, which will be disclosed upon purchase. These are not massive golds - at 98 grams, it should go to the knowledgeable collector who appreciates the rarity value of such a historic piece, and is not for those who need heft to feel a gold has value. & For 2006-2011 it was in the touring exhibit "GOLD!," organized by the American Museum of Natural History. This was seen over 5 years of travelling exhibition in Houston, Atlanta, New Orleans, New York, Chicago, Denver, Anchorage, Tokyo's Mingei Museum, and others. Price on Request. Joe Budd Photos.