A reader wants help identifying nuggets

Received an interesting e-mail this week, from a G. Clifton in California. The author claims he is trying to uncover a fraud and enlists all the help he can get. If any readers of this blog have an opinion, lets hear it. I certainly don’t. The nuggets, if that’s what they are, don’t look like anything I have seen in Australia.

Dear Mr. Van Bergeijk:
 
I am attempting to uncover a potential fraud.  Perhaps your readers can help.
I have been presented with the attached photos of gold nuggets obtensively recovered from a placer in the Middle East.  I have my doubts and suspect the images were obtained from the Web from a bonifide operation elsewhere, perhaps in Africa.  Have any of your readers seen these photos or nuggets before and can tell me where they are from?
 
Many thanks,
G. Clifton California

3 comments

  1. Hello Jeroen,
    They look like genuine placer nuggets ie: They are definitely water worn, the area they came from can be identified by “gold finger printing”
    This of course has to be done in a laboratory and is used in the Australian Goldfields by the Gold Stealing Squad.

    Cheers
    Peter

  2. Hoi Jeroen,
    If you ask me (and i am not a expert) they seem to look fake ! It looks as if they are painted. They all look very similar and everything has the same color, and i don’t see any unregularities .
    Far too perfect i think, look for pictures on the web so you can see what real gold looks like !
    But you are an expert yourself, you can also see the difference between fake and real.
    Greetings, Frenk
    Looking forward for your book .

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