Colorado Quartz Mine, Mother Lode Belt, Mariposa Co., California, USA
Cabinet, 10.3 x 6.2 x 2.0 cm
Ex. Richard Kosnar

Gold from California is plentiful, but cabinet pieces with exquisite crystallization are not. This mine is perhaps the single most famous source of the finest crystallized golds in modern times, with several different mining operations following the vein across the last 100 years. This piece has superb crystallization and is freestanding and perfect on both sides, typical of what this mine is famous for (example: the Dragon Gold in Houston). This specimen was acquired by well-known collector Richard Kosnar in the 1980s, and stocked away in the family collection until a few years ago, when a private collector bought it. I am told that he was told it came from the early era here, 1920s-1940s, though there is not way to prove it now. In any case, spectacular, large gold specimens like this are uncommonly seen on the public market, and this is the first time it has been for public sale in nearly 40 years. Photo by Joe Budd. Comes with a custom lucite base, in which it stands vertically with display equally nice from either side. Golds of this stature are simply few and far between. Video available at