The Fricot Nugget is an impressive piece of crystalline gold that was found by William Russell Davis in 1865. It was discovered while mining at the Grit Mine at Spanish Dry Diggin’s in El Dorado County. Mr. Davis found it in a pocket roughly 200 feet below the surface, along with roughly 200 ounces of other smaller nuggets. It was later sent to New York, where it was purchased by Mr. Fricot, who had formerly lived in Grass Valley, California. The nugget has traveled the world in various displays including the Paris Exposition in 1878.
It weighs an impressive 201 troy ounces and is one of the largest masses of gold still to remain intact from the old gold rush days. Although there were many nuggets that were even larger discovered in California, most were melted and refined to extract their gold content. It is well known for it’s huge size, but it’s unusual and rare crystalline structure makes this nugget even more amazing. The unique structure of the gold makes it even more rare and highly sought after by collectors.