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Gold - then and now

Gold Then and Now - some finds over the years and some finds today.

Some gold finds from my family claim days and some from my metal detecting today.

Not so long ago my son claimed to have discovered two gold reefs using my Minelab Xtreme. Initially l didnt believe that he could have discovered an actual quartz reef but then he produced a handful of samples.

This is one. The gold in this sample would weigh a good penny weight even though it is quite filigree like.
The reef itself, which l have been to is very hard but samples in it are quite numerous, unusual for Otago gold.


Careful, You will start a gold rush. Was that chipped from the reef or just a floater? :wink:

How was the Coromandel?

JW :cowboy_hat_face:

Yes it was chipped from the reef. If your a good boy we will walk out there one day but its further than l walked when l headed out that way last time with a certain friend of mine.
In fact we only got to a creek where he lay in the grass dying and only found a few bullets from the Maori Wars and the reef is another 1k away across country.

Loved the Coromandel but have come back into Auckland. Lost my blasted glasses in the surf when l got dumped coming in. I was going to take fishing gear out that evening but with only my spare glasses didnt like to take the risk of getting dumped out of a kayak again.

Was going to go home today but want to visit another couple of friends and catch up and visit book shops looking for antiquarian books especially books on scows, local histories, Maori Wars and Coro gold.

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Nice specimen. Over the years I did have a bit of a collection gleaned from creeks around Reefton. Sadly don’t have it now, most likely lost in one of my many moves. Years ago when I was in Hamilton. Did a bit of rock hunting up the Coro. Like my quartz specimens also missing in action. Still a few snapper, gurnard and Rig (Lemon Fish) being caught around here at Westport. That’s one of my other hobbies. Surf casting, Drone Fishing and Kontiki Fishing. Actually have a bit of a squadron. Four drones all up. Why four. Well I am a bit like JW and his Detectors, you can never have enough lol. At the moment I am experimenting with creating replica quartz specimen’s, I prefer to call them "Replica and not “Fake”. Have replica Nuggets conquered. Will go public with them in the not to distant future.

Cheers Trev aka “The Hatter”

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The closest l have come to a drone is me - my wife said that l ‘drone on’
Regardless of that l want a large drone with a long range for poacher video recording. A friend had one ip at my place and sent it 3k out and got some photos of a poachers vehicle from just a few feet away - marvellous things. It might be one called Matrix Ace that m was keen on.

As for fishing - yes sir that’s for me. Love my sea fishing. For pocket money dad and my uncle used to make all the surf casting rods and stinkers sold in the Dunedin sports shops and got paid in fishing gear, guns and ammunition.

I haven’t caught a snapper yet. Its blue cod down Otago way.
Henry, my gold mining buddy and great friend made some replica nuggets and put two bottles on the window ledge up at my place jn the hills. We joked about how long they would last there and sure enough sone low life whom l allowed to stay there stole one of the bottles. Worse still my nephew had been putting course into three bottles and leaving them on the window ledge as well - maybe a oennyweight all up. He was killed tragically at age 19 so l left his gold there as a sort of memorial to him - some one thought they had more right to it and stole it. Such is the nature of scum.

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Trev, Why would you want to make replica, fake, gold specimens?

JW :cowboy_hat_face:

Imagine Graeme if you had a trail cam set up inside & caught the bastard red handed. To think you gave them the privilege of staying in you hut up there & they go & do that. They are more than just Scum. You must of had an idea of who it was unless there was a group of them. Obviously just too much of a temptation. Just takes one arsehole.

JW :cowboy_hat_face:

Henry went up to Stay there one week and found strangers there! Man, woman and kid.
The neighbour phoned me a while back to report someone staying there and now keeps an eye on the place.
I was looking at cams in Auckland only yesterday and thinking of getting three direct message ones that records and sends video to phone (same as son has got) and you can watch them live and also a couple of trail cam ones.
Hell l might get a good porno if l set up a hidden one in the house. I could sell it to Pornhub!

This is from my ‘good old days’ in the Arrow. January 1977 or at latest January 1978. My uncle Charles Thomas and myself up the Arrow one day. In an hour to two hours we got six ounces. This is all have left now as l gave samples away and swapped it for things I wanted.
I kept one ounce.


Yum Yum. Now that is a lovely sight.

Cheers Trev aka “The Hatter”

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Good question JW. I did think of maybe cornering the Nigerian Market, but they have that pretty well covered. Plus I don’t want any Nigerian Hit Squads a come knocking on my door. Nah, just kidding. Have few idea’s I may or may not pursue. More on that later. At the moment I see it as a challenge, and I just love a challenge. I have all the melting and casting gear and might even dwell into a bit of jewelry making. Who knows where I may go, not even me. Don’t worry I won’t salt ya ground, now that would be cruel and I don’t want to be the main attraction at a lynching.

Cheers Trev aka “The Mad Alchemist”