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Northern CA gold nugget sells for $460,000

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, and the pot of gold is in Northern California.

Today, after two minutes of feverish bidding in Sacramento, Spectrum Numismatics (bidding for an anonymous bidder!) purchased a roughly 8-pound gold nugget from Northern California’s Gold Country!

The nugget, which may be the biggest California gold nugget in existence, was found just LAST MARCH with a metal detector in the town of Washington (1, 2) in Nevada County.

Hey! We’re called “The Golden State” for a reason!

Although the nugget would have worth less than $138,000 on the basis of the price of gold alone, the connection to the 19th century Gold Rush boosted its value.

The person who discovered the nugget also plans to auction the 180 acres on which it was discovered.

CNN offers this video of the nugget.

The nugget will be on display at the Sacramento Convention Center through Saturday as part of the American Numismatic Association’s National Money Show!

-Bill at

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