4.3 grams of raw unrefined natural placer gold dust & fines

4.3 grams of raw unrefined natural placer gold dust & fines

The photos show the actual gold which is offered for sale, and which the buyer will receive.

The weight set out above is the weight of the gold which is offered for sale, and which the buyer will receive.

NOTES, DEFINITIONS, COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS: WHAT IS PLACER GOLD?

The word "placer" refers to alluvial or glacial deposits of sand or gravel. "Placer gold" is gold that is found in such deposits, having been moved there by the flow of water across an original gold source such as an eroding vein of gold. Since Gold is considerably more dense than sand, it tends to accumulate at the bottom of placer deposits.

WHY DOESN'T THE GOLD IN THE PHOTOS GLITTER?

Real gold does not "glitter", it shines or gleams. In fact, to the naked eye natural placer gold appears dull and resembles sand. However, when viewed closely the individual flakes or particles, along with their natural gleam, can be easily discerned.

WHAT ABOUT IMPURITIES?

Natural placer gold deposits invariably include impurities in the form of other minerals such as quartz. You may be able to pick out a stray tiny piece of quartz here and there in the photos, and in the gold you receive. This is unavoidable, but the percentage of such impurities is insignificant. You will be very happy with

WHERE IS THIS GOLD FROM?

The gold that I am offering for sale was mined in the late 1960s in Colombia . It is from the region ( Valle del Cauca ) that gave rise to the pre-Columbian culture known as Calima . The prospector was my uncle, a survivor of the pacific campaign [37th Infantry (Buckeye) Division - Guadalcanal, New Georgia, Bougainville, Phillipines] during World War Two, who upon returning home after it was all over, found himself a changed man. He longed for the tropics and a more adventurous life than the one he had known in Richland County, Ohio, before the war. He returned briefly to the Pacific (Fiji) where he had made friends among the native population while stationed there. Returning home once again he set about looking for a new country to settle in that would be similar to, but not so far away as, Fiji. He settled on Colombia and moved there in the early 1960s. After exploring the Llanos Orientales by horseback for several months he once more returned to Ohio, but this time only long enough to sell off most of his farms and other real estate. He soon returned to Colombia and settled in Cali. He bought some land on the outskirts of Cali which he farmed. When not farming he explored his new country. He had no interest in cities. He was drawn to more primitive, undeveloped areas, preferably with tropical forests, such as Chocó and Caquetá . He would travel alone through the back waters in his boat with only his German Shepherd for company. His equipment was very basic: an army surplus poncho and jungle hammock, machete, knife, army surplus lensatic compass, shotgun, pistol, fresh water, canned foods (he loved sardines), and some pots and pans to trade with the natives. He would supplement his died with fish, game, and fruit from the locals. Panning for gold seemed to be one of his activities, although on my trips there I never saw him do it. He would send his gold back to my father, a chemist, who would refine it and cast it into small lumps for him. My uncle died in the early 1980s and is buried in Florencia, Caquetá, Colombia. My father died in 2012. The gold I am selling was given to me by my father shortly before his death. It is the left over product of my uncle's prospecting that my father never got around to refining. You now know as much about this gold as I do. The photo at right shows my uncle with a friend in Fiji, 1942. I will let you guess which one is my uncle, and which one is the friend.

WHAT KARAT IS THIS GOLD?

Natural gold does not have a fixed karat value. I have applied drops from a standard gold acid test kit to a sample of the gold and it was not affected (did not dissolve or change co...

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