Monster 200lbs gold nugget found in Australia as a part of mother load worth $15 million!

A miner from Australia found the monster gold specimen. It probably beats the Australian Welcome Stranger nugget, which was previously though to be the biggest ever discovered. The nugget found by a driller Henry Dole weighs 205 lbs (93 kilograms), and contains over 2300 troy ounces of gold, its value is estimated at about $3 million! This monster […]

Gold rush miner using rocker box or cradle
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Gold mining Rocker box (cradle)

One of the most popular pieces of equipment used during gold rush times in XIX century was a rocker box, sometimes called a cradle.  Collier’s New Encyclopedia from 1921 defines this device as a mechanical contrivance used in placer mining, consisting of a box on rockers and moved by hand, used for washing out the gold-bearing soil. Rocker […]