We’ve highlighted lots of gold nugget collections over the years… quite frankly I’m surprised that I let this one slip my mind.
In fact, this is one of the best gold nugget displays on Earth.
Of course, I’m talking about the natural gold display at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.
California Gold Rush Nuggets
Most of the nuggets in this collection come from the California goldfields. No surprise, considering that it was one of the richest goldfields on Earth, producing some of the most amazing nuggets and specimens ever discovered.
Large gold nuggets have always been rare. Even during the height of the Gold Rush, the big multi-ounce nuggets were hard to find. Nuggets over a pound were incredibly hard to find.
Finding a piece like this would be incredible, even back in 1849.
Crystalline Gold Specimens
The crystalline gold specimens at the Smithsonian are the real centerpieces of the collection.
We’re lucky that these pieces made it. In the early days of gold mining, there simply was not any added value for the rarity of specimens like this. It was simply gold, priced per ounce. The miners would put it on the scale and exchange it for currency.
Obviously, you can’t put a true value on a collection like this. This is the definition of priceless.
If you were to auction them off, some of these individual specimens would easily bring over $100,000 each. Some of the larger crystalline pieces could possibly be valued at $250,000 or more.
Even if priced just for the gold content alone, there would be millions of dollars here. Luckily, this gold belongs to the American people, and it is on permanent display here at the museum.
Go See it!
Many people are surprised to learn that visiting the Smithsonian Museum is completely FREE!
The gold display is located within the Smithsonian Museum of National History, in the heart of Washington D.C.
The museum is open seven day a week, from 10:00am to 5:30pm, every day of the year except Christmas.
A few other Gold and Mineral Collections on Display: