Gold Buttons – Dec 21st, 2023

This is just before Christmas and the weather is keeping us from prospecting.  That doesn’t mean we get stopped though. When the weather keeps us from getting out we have other projects to keep challenging us. One of these is both looking for gold ‘inside’ and for firing some fine gold in the furnace to get some gold buttons.

Pin Pointing is like gold detecting with the larger detectors, but using a much smaller unit that is very sensitive and picks up very fine gold, but basically has a sensitivity depth of perhaps 1/4 inch or so. This depth varies on the size of the target being detected.  Gold buttons will simply vary of the amount of gold you are firing. it can range from a half-pennyweight to several ounces.

Here’s a picture of one of the units and some gold buttons from previous times:

The small button weighs just over one pennyweight and the large button just over one ounce.

So for our story of today, we had some quartz rock to check and had some gold we wanted to convert from fine gold to a gold button. I call it a gold button because the furnace firing process ends with the gold in a cupel, and it’s the size of a button, and sometimes a very large button as you can see above! 

I’ll let the pictures tell the story.

This work ended our day. Score!