Super Rare 14 Ounce Gold Specimen from South Africa

This is an extremely rare gold in quartz specimen from South Africa. I have only seen two gold specimens from South Africa before and I recently sold the first one. It weighs in at a hefty 14.13 Troy Ounces (439.6 Grams) and it contains 13.4 Grams of gold. The size is 3.75" x 2.75" x 1.5: thick. (9.5cm x 7cm x 3.5cm). The quartz is dark gray, to almost black and it is included into the general matrix. It comes from the Cason Mine in East Rand, Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa, and an old catalog card from a mineral dealer in Great Britain that came with the specimen says it was found in the 19th century, so sometime in the 1800's. The size, quality and rarity make it a Museum Grade natural gold specimen.

It is one of the rarest gold specimen that I have seen in all my years buying and selling gold specimens. This is only the second gold specimen that I have ever seen from South Africa. Almost all the gold mined in South Africa is microscopic gold, not visible to the human eye, so that makes this an extremely rare find since it has quite a bit of visible gold on the surface. South African miners are not permitted to take gold specimens from the mines, so typically all the gold mined in South Africa goes straight to the crusher to be melted and refined into gold bars. I also heard from a friend who was told by a mineral dealer in South Africa that it is illegal for citizens to sell gold in it's natural form. I Googled “Gold Specimens from South Africa” and the only reference to natural gold specimens from South Africa are the two gold specimens that I have brought to the market from other collectors. If anyone has ever seen another gold specimen from South Africa with visible gold, please email me and let me know where I can see the info on it. This rare gold specimen must have come out of South Africa with a mine owner, who would be the only one legally allowed to bring it out. So even if other specimens like this exist, the greatest likelihood is that they will be crushed, so this will always remain as one of the rarest gold specimens you could ever see or own.

Most of the gold in this specimen is on the surface, though there is some gold contained inside the specimen as well. I tested the specimen with an OHM meter and the surface gold is all connected. This natural gold specimen would be perfect for the gold specimen collector who wants to own one of the rarest gold specimens known, or a person who has everything, (except a natural gold specimen from South Africa). It would make a great conversation piece sitting in a collectors display cabinet, or on the desk of a gold mining executive, or a gold trader, or a gold stock broker or investor. It would be perfectly in place, and a focal point, in any museum or collection displaying rare gold specimens. You are probably never going to see another gold specimen like this for sale from South Africa.

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