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« on: 14/02/2007 18:37:53 »
I also found coal with what looks like gold imbedded, I heat my house with wood and coal and a few weeks ago i got a ton of coal and when i unloaded the coal we found a few pieces. The more we looked the more we found. Is it pyrite or gold?



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« Reply #1 on: 14/02/2007 20:16:36 »
My guess is pyrite, especially with some of the iron staining in your photos.
Pyrite is much harder than gold (can't scratch it with a knife), is brittle (not malleable like gold), is commonly striated, and usually has a brassy color compared to the bright yellow of gold.
Looking at your photos, it appears there is a high concentration of sulfide in the coal.  I would object to paying for coal by the ton that contains this much high-density (heavy) sulfide.  Burning high-sulfide coal isn't great for the environment- releases SO2 which can form sulfuric acid (acid rain).  On the other hand, SO2 is an atmospheric coolant, so maybe you are counterbalancing the global warming effects of burning coal.
 

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« Reply #2 on: 14/02/2007 21:29:30 »
Pyrites is a common inclusion in coal; gold isn't a common anything. Chip a bit out and hold it in a flame. Gold melts; pyrites burns with strong smelling fumes of SO2 (probably not a good idea if you are asthmatic)
 

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« Reply #3 on: 14/02/2007 21:56:38 »
Bass there's No iron staining on this piece of coal. And i don't buy the global warming Bilge! It's 3 deg 10" of snow 1/2 ice....
I'll try the flame test let know what happens...
 

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« Reply #4 on: 15/02/2007 02:10:24 »
Bass there's No iron staining on this piece of coal.

Looked like reddish-brown spots in the photo, that is what I mistook for iron staining.  My comment on global warming was tongue-in-cheek, I don't buy into the "man-caused global warming" fantasy either.
 

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« Reply #5 on: 23/04/2007 16:51:29 »
also try the knife trick because im thinking it is pyrite not gold where di u say u lived agian? it mite depend on ur geology
 

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« Reply #6 on: 02/06/2007 02:33:01 »
looks like gold to me...you are filthy rich...buy more coal before the enviromentalists ban it...
 

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