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GeneralGoldfield Nevada. Mineral Specimens of the Historic Mining District.

11th Apr 2019 23:53 BSTJon Aurich

. Goldfield Nevada. Bonanza Ore. High Grade Epithermal Gold Specimen. This exceedingly rich Native Gold specimen is the type of ore that made Goldfield Nevada famous throughout the world from 1904-1910. This specimen would assay at over 2 ounces of Gold per pound !! From the famous Rustler #2 Mine.

12th Apr 2019 01:19 BSTJon Aurich

The famous Florence Mine as it stands now. The majority of what you see was built in 1906. About 9 million dollars in Gold was produced from this mine from 1904-1912 when Gold was $20.67 an ounce. It is now an historical landmark. Tours are given of this fabulous Mine. The Florence and Rustler #2 are the only mines in the Goldfield mining district that still have their original buildings and equipment.

12th Apr 2019 01:47 BSTJon Aurich

The Rustler #2 Mine, Goldfield Nevada. This mine is where the miners at the famous Rogers Lease discovered exceedingly rich Gold ore, in just four months from 1906-1907, over 35,000 ounces of Gold was produced, in today’s price of Gold, that would have a value of over 45 million dollars !! During the time period of 1904-1908, it was common to find lenses of ore that assayed from 35 - 1,500 and sometimes over 2,000 ounces of Gold to the ton... The Rustler #2 and Florence are the only two mines that still have their original buildings and equipment. These buildings and head frame are from 1906.

12th Apr 2019 01:53 BSTJon Aurich

. Goldfield Nevada. Bonanza Ore. High Grade Epithermal Gold Specimen. Very rich Native Gold. Finely disseminated in Cryptocrystalline Quartz.

12th Apr 2019 02:55 BSTJon Aurich

Goldfield Nevada. Bonanza Ore. High Grade Epithermal Gold Specimen. The Epithermal high grade ore at Goldfield was very beautiful and unique, rings and necklaces were custom made from the “Jewelry Rock” of the Florence and Mohawk Mines. Few examples of this jewelry exist.

12th Apr 2019 03:12 BSTJon Aurich

Goldfield Nevada. Bonanza Ore. High Grade Epithermal Gold Specimen. Goldfield had some of the richest high grade Epithermal Gold ore in the world. The purity of the Gold, (840-860 fine), and the rare combination of Sulphides, (Bismuthinite, Famatinite, and Goldfieldite) make this ore very attractive. This beautiful specimen contains Quartz, Famatinite, Cryptocrystalline Quartz, Milltown Andesite, Alunite, Bismuthinite, Goldfieldite and Native Gold.

26th Aug 2019 12:54 BSTKelly Watkins


12th Apr 2019 18:45 BSTJon Aurich

Goldfield Nevada. The famous Rustler #2 Mine. A heavy snowfall has covered the Rustler Mine and the Goldfield Mining district. Winters are very harsh in this district as the elevation is around 6,000.

12th Apr 2019 22:11 BSTJon Aurich

Goldfield Nevada. Bonanza Ore. High Grade Epithermal Gold Specimen. This rare specimen shows a rich seem of Native Gold. With the rich ore that was being produced in seven of the rich mines, Goldfield was the largest city in Nevada at the time and had four Railroads coming through the district...

12th Apr 2019 22:49 BSTJeff Weissman Expert

Jon, thanks for posting - all very interesting. I wonder why the old miners left such high grade ore lying around?

12th Apr 2019 23:19 BSTJon Aurich

Thanks Jeff, a good portion of the sorting, “Cobbing” was done underground, at the time, the Western mines were illuminated by candlelight, with the poor lighting, moisture and huge amounts of Kaolinite, the blasted ore and waste rock were mixed with the clay and hard to see, many high Grade specimens were lost with the waste, later, the waste piles on the surface of the mine were washed with garden hoses to reveal rich lumps of high grade ore. It has been said that around 1908, after huge down pours of rain, that the mine superintendent discovered many lumps of high Grade on the waste piles, giving the idea of washing a good portion of the lease waste piles....

12th Apr 2019 23:48 BSTPaul Brandes Manager

All good info, Jon!

If you could, please provide the sizes of the specimens you're posting....

13th Apr 2019 00:26 BSTJon Aurich

Ok Paul !! How are things ?? Are you ready for more Brownies ??!!

13th Apr 2019 00:47 BSTJon Aurich

This beauty is from the famous Nixon, Wingfield and Sweeney Lease on the Florence Mine. This lease is where George S. Nixon, (U.S. Senator of Nevada) and George Wingfield, (future multi millionaire) made their first money in mining. In 1905, Very rich ore like this example was discovered in this lease, over $600,000 was mined within four months, when Gold was $20.67 an ounce !! A year later, with a systematic compilation of interests of the rich mines in Goldfield, Nixon & Wingfield organized the Goldfield Consolidated Mines Company, in 1907, it became the 17th largest corporation in the U.S. the stock holders earned more than 32 million dollars in dividends in 11 years.. This Brecciated specimen contains Quartz, Bismuthinite, Milltown Andesite, Alunite, Cryptocrystalline Quartz. Dacite, Goldfieldite, Famatinite and Native Gold. Size: 3 3/4” x 1 3/4” x 3/16”.....

13th Apr 2019 01:09 BSTJon Aurich

Mohawk Mine, Goldfield Nevada. Worthy was the Mohawk to receive worldwide praise from 1906-1918, the mine became the number one producer of the district with more than 50 million dollars in Gold produced in just 12 years, and that was when the value of Gold was $20.67 an ounce !! The Mohawk became the crowned jewel of the Goldfield Consolidated Mines Company. During the early years of the leasing period of 1906-1908, millions of dollars in Gold were produced from the Florence, Mohawk, January, Red Top, Clermont and Jumbo Mines. This rich high grade Gold specimen shows brownish rust areas all through the specimen, most of which is Native Gold. Size 6” x 3 1/2” x 3 1/2”.... Probably the only true exceedingly rich high grade specimen from the Mohawk that exists.....

13th Apr 2019 01:38 BSTJon Aurich

The Rustler #2 Mine, Goldfield Nevada. This two pound piece of very rich nodular Gold ore is from the famous Rogers Syndicate Lease. It contains Quartz, Famatinite, Bismuthinite, Alunite and Native Gold. Size: 5 1/2” x 3” x 3 1/4”.

13th Apr 2019 08:06 BSTJon Aurich

The Rustler #2 Mine, Goldfield Nevada. Bonanza Ore. High Grade Epithermal Gold Specimen. This specimen shows an amazing combination of Sulphides, the Famatinite and Bismuthinite are dark in color, they were usually called the “black uglies”, but in the mining district of Goldfield, they were generally associated with Native Gold. This specimen contains Quartz, Alunite, Cryptocrystalline Quartz, kernels of Milltown Andesite, needles of Bismuthinite, Goldfieldite, Famatinite and Native Gold. Size: 1” x 2 1/4” x 1/4”..

13th Apr 2019 08:25 BSTJon Aurich

. Jumbo Mine, Goldfield Nevada. The Jumbo was one of the first mines to find good ore in 1903, it was also the first mine to ship ore in the Goldfield mining district. It’s amazing that there are so many different species of high grade and milling ore. Pretty well all of the seven rich mines have their own characteristics of ore. On the Florence alone, there are 9 different species of ore that I have seen and many others on different mining claims. These specimens have different sizes..

13th Apr 2019 19:20 BSTJon Aurich

Red Top Mine, Goldfield Nevada. This historic mine was another producer of very rich Gold ore. The Red Top was the third out of the six rich mines to be absorbed by the most valuable mining company in the United States, (The Goldfield Consolidated Mines Company), this company was capitalized at 50 million dollars and each share was $10.00.... The sizes of the specimens range around 2 1/2” x 2” x 2” and smaller.

14th Apr 2019 08:22 BSTJon Aurich

Rustler #2 Mine, Goldfield Nevada. This photograph was shot at dusk, it shows the Rustler Mine last December. 2018.

14th Apr 2019 08:32 BSTJon Aurich

Rustler #2 High Grade Ore, Goldfield Nevada. This attractive specimen contains Quartz, Goldfieldite, Cryptocrystalline Quartz, Alunite, Bismuthinite, Milltown Andesite, Dacite, Famatinite and Native Gold. You can see the beautiful metallic luster of the finely disseminated Gold..

17th Aug 2019 03:43 BSTPaul Brandes Manager

Giving the thread a bump......

17th Aug 2019 06:38 BSTJon Aurich

Thank you Paul !! I’ll have to put up some more specimens, once I figure out why I cannot insert photos here or at any other thread......

17th Aug 2019 07:27 BSTKeith Compton Manager


It may be easier turning this thread into an article and just keep updating the article.
I think it would be easier and you could easily rearrange it if need be.

19th Aug 2019 07:03 BSTJon Aurich

Hi Keith !! Now that Jolyon, has included I phones to be “down loader friendly”, I can now down load the photos  !!! Thanks,       Jon.

19th Aug 2019 07:08 BSTJon Aurich

Goldfield Nevada. Bonanza Ore. High Grade Epithermal Gold specimen. This exceedingly rich specimen was mined during the early leasing period of the Goldfield Mines. It is from the famous Rustler #2 Mine. Size: 1 1/2” x 1 1/4” x 1/2”... 

20th Aug 2019 15:16 BSTJon Aurich

Goldfield Nevada. Bonanza Ore. High Grade Epithermal Gold Specimen. This very rich Gold specimen was mined during the early leasing period of 1906-1907. The sulfides in this ore make it very attractive. The Famatinite that borders the Native Gold really makes the specimen stand out.....  This ore is from the famous Rustler #2 Mine.

23rd Aug 2019 06:39 BSTJon Aurich

Goldfield Nevada. Bonanza Ore. High Grade Epithermal Gold Specimen. From the famous Rustler #2 Mine, this specimen was mined during the early leasing period of 1906-1907. The brown areas of the specimen is Native Gold.

23rd Aug 2019 08:31 BSTBart Cannon Expert

I believe that the first piece in the series would assay at hundreds of ounces of gold per ton.  2 ounces per ton is way low.

23rd Aug 2019 14:28 BSTJon Aurich

Hi Bart, that specimen that you referred to would have an Assay of around two ounces of Gold per pound, not per ton...   exceedingly rich ore !!

23rd Aug 2019 20:46 BSTPaul Brandes Manager

Ridiculously rich ore actually..... 12.5%!!!

24th Aug 2019 22:07 BSTJon Aurich

Goldfield Nevada. Bonanza Ore. High Grade Epithermal Gold Specimen. From the famous Rustler#2 Mine. Mined during the early leasing period of 1906-1907. Well defined needles of Bismuthinite are mixed with Cryptocrystalline Quartz, Famatinite is also abundant with Native Gold.

26th Aug 2019 03:59 BSTJon Aurich

Goldfield Nevada. Bonanza Ore. High Grade Epithermal Gold Ore. This specimen is magnified by a 10x hand lens. It shows the beautiful metallic luster of Native Gold that runs between 840-860 fine. This specimen would exceed over 1000 ounces per ton !!  It also looks like a “ ladies shoe”.....

27th Aug 2019 04:15 BSTJon Aurich

Goldfield Nevada. Bonanza Ore. This High Grade Gold specimen lays in a waste pile, untouched since it was brought out of the mine and dumped by a miner from 1906-1907. Its amazing to think that this specimen would assay at hundreds of ounces of Gold per ton !! The size of the ore body that this specimen came from could have been a few tons, to 50 or even larger. Some of the ore discovered at the Florence Mine at Goldfield assayed at over 2,800 ounces of Gold per ton !!

27th Aug 2019 18:14 BSTJon Aurich

Goldfield Nevada. This rare specimen shows an abundant amount of Famatinite, the Famatinite is encompassed by Quartz and Cryptocrystalline Quartz. On the left side, you can see Arsenopyrites. This specimen is from the famous Rustler #2 Mine, it was mined during the early leasing period of 1906-1907.

3rd Sep 2019 21:52 BSTJon Aurich

Goldfield Nevada. Bonanza Ore. High Grade Epithermal Gold Specimen. This specimen was recently found on September 2nd, 2019. It was from the Mohawk Florence Lease of the famous Florence Mine, and mined during the early leasing period of 1906-1907. Size: 1” x 1” x 1”....

7th Sep 2019 04:41 BSTPaul Brandes Manager

Hey Jon, look familiar?? ;-)

7th Sep 2019 07:22 BSTJon Aurich

It sure does !! Just wondering when you are tired of it, I have a new home for it !! Ha Ha !! Nice Goldfieldite crystal !!!!

7th Sep 2019 04:43 BSTPaul Brandes Manager

One of the better golds we collected back in March.....

7th Sep 2019 07:24 BSTJon Aurich

Boy, that is a great specimen !!  The Gold runs throughout the specimen !!

7th Sep 2019 07:30 BSTJon Aurich

This specimen is fantastic !! The Native Gold is running through the specimen. Rare and impressive 

7th Sep 2019 11:09 BSTBart Cannon Expert

Goldfield is the namesake for the ore mineralization model based around quartz / alunite hydrothermal alteration.  Is alunite easy to find on the dumps ?

7th Sep 2019 17:04 BSTJon Aurich

Hi Bart, Alunite can be found on certain dumps at Goldfield, it is also associated with Famatinite and Bismuthinite in the ore. Sometimes it is in large quantities around these other Sulfides or just in minuscule areas of the ore.
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