Timbarra Gold Mine

The Timbarra Gold Mine was a highly controversial gold mine located on the Timbarra Plateau, at the head waters of the Clarence River, near Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia. The gold ore body consisted of a greisen type granite. The protracted controversy attracted national and international attention, and catalysed an anti-cyanide extraction campaign in Australia.

The mine was initially developed in the late 1990s by a medium-sized mining company, Ross Mining. After six months the mine went into "care and maintenance", and never re-opened. Delta Gold acquired the mine through a take-over of Ross Mining.

Rocky River, New South Wales

Rocky River is a locality in northern New South Wales, Australia near the town of Uralla on the Northern Tablelands plateau. About three kilometres west of Uralla, was the gold mining area and associated village also called Rocky River. In 1881 W.F.

 Thunderbolts Way, Rocky River, Uralla, NSWBuchanan and J. Lucas reported to the Maitland office that gold had been found at Rocky River. This announcement was made official on 7 October 1851, by Commissioner Massie, and started a rush to the area. In 1852 the first licenses to prospect were taken out.

Niangala, New South Wales

Koolkuna Berry FarmNiangala is a village located on the south-eastern edge of the Northern Tablelands area of New South Wales, Australia. It is on the Moonbi Range which is part of the Great Dividing Range, at approximately 1,300 metres (4,265 ft) above sea level. The village is in Walcha parish in Parry County. At the 2011 census, Niangala and the surrounding area had a population of 142.

Geographically isolated, the village is situated among pine tree plantations. Access to the community requires travel along some stretches of dirt road, which can be hazardous in wet or snow conditions. Winters are cold there, often with several falls of snow during the season.

Mitchells Creek

Mitchells Creek is a creek in central New South Wales, Australia. Rising north-east of Wellington, New South Wales, Mitchells Creek flows generally northward and joins the Talbragar River about 5 km south-west of Ballimore. The direct distance from its source to its outlet is 31 kilometres, longer via the twists and turns of the watercourse. There is usually no water in the creek. The broad valley through which the creek runs are used for growing wheat. The non-existently localities of Comobella, Windorah and Westella lie within the valley, which has no extant towns or villages.

Cobar, New South Wales

Cobar is a town in central western New South Wales, Australia. The town is 712 km (442 mi) northwest of the state capital, Sydney

Cobar is a town in central western New South Wales, Australia. The town is 712 km (442 mi) northwest of the state capital, Sydney.

 It is at the crossroads of the Kidman Way (to Queensland) and Barrier Highway (to South Australia). The town and the local government area, the Cobar Shire, are on the eastern edge of the outback. At the 2011 census, Cobar had a population of 3,817, out of Cobar Shire's population of about 4,700. The Shire has an area of 44,065 square kilometres (17,014 sq mi)—about two-thirds the size of Tasmania.

List of gold mines in Australia

Super Pit gold mine in Western Australia

1- Cobar, New South Wales
2- Mitchells Creek
3- Niangala, New South Wales
4- Rocky River, New South Wales
5-Timbarra Gold Mine

Gold Nuggets

A gold nugget is a naturally occurring piece of native gold. Watercourses often concentrate nuggets and finer gold in placers. Nuggets are recovered by placer mining, but they are also found in residual deposits where the gold-bearing veins or lodes are weathered. Nuggets are also found in the tailings piles of previous mining operations, especially those left by gold mining dredges.


A large gold nugget from Nevada County, California Nuggets are gold fragments weathered out of an original lode. They often show signs of abrasive polishing by stream action, and sometimes still contain inclusions of quartz or other lode matrix material.

Gold Bars

A gold bar, also called gold bullion or a gold ingot, is a quantity of refined metallic gold of any shape that is made by a bar producer meeting standard conditions of manufacture, labeling, and record keeping.

Larger gold bars that are produced by pouring the molten metal into molds are called ingots. Smaller bars may be manufactured by minting or stamping from appropriately rolled gold sheets. The standard gold bar held as gold reserves by central banks and traded among bullion dealers is the 400-troy-ounce (12.4 kg or 438.9 ounces) Good Delivery gold bar.

How to Spot a Real Gold Watch

WatchTurn it over and look at the back of the case. If the back is obviously stainless steel, the watch is probably not gold. If the back is gold in colour, there is a possibility that the watch case is gold or at least gold filled.

Read the tiny engravings on the watch back. Most will say something like “Stainless Steel Back. Base Metal Bezel.” These watches are definitely not gold. If it has a karat mark, like a piece of jewellery, at least the bezel of the watch is probably gold.

What Gold Coins are ?

A 20-crown gold coin from Norway. Introduced in 1875, it became part of the Scandinavian Monetary Union, which was based on a gold standard. Norwegian gold reserves included tonnes of this and other coins, backing Norway's paper money. The coin was designed for circulation: '124 Stk. 1 Kil. f. G.' means that 124 pieces gave one kilogramme of pure gold.A gold coin is a coin that is made mostly or entirely of gold. Traditionally, gold coins have been circulation coins, including coin-like bracteates and dinars. Since recent decades, however, gold coins are mainly produced as bullion coins to investors and as commemorative coins to collectors.

 While also modern gold coins are legal tender, they are not observed in everyday financial transactions, as the metal value normally exceeds the nominal value. For example, the American Gold Eagle, given a denomination of 50 USD, has a metal value of more than 1,000 USD.

The world’s top 10 gold mines List

Here is the list of the world’s top ten gold operations, based on available 2014 production data. All data is provided by IntelligenceMine, which provides researchers, investors and suppliers with up to date global mining market intelligence – mining and mineral exploration company reports; mine, project and processing facility reports; securities filings; an interactive mapper and much more. Learn more about IntelligenceMine.The world's top 10 gold operations - table

1. Muruntau. This mining complex, located in Uzbekistan and consisting of open-pit mine and heap leach operations, is believed to produce about 2.6 million ounces of gold in 2014.

Gold History

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A Brief History of Gold

Who discovered gold ?

A child finds a shiny rock in a creek, thousands of years ago, and the human race is introduced to gold for the first time.

Gold NuggetsGold was first discovered as shining, yellow nuggets. "Gold is where you find it," so the saying goes, and gold was first discovered in its natural state, in streams all over the world. No doubt it was the first metal known to early hominids.

Gold became a part of every human culture. Its brilliance, natural beauty, and luster, and its great malleability and resistance to tarnish made it enjoyable to work and play with.