The Review of Kougarok Nome Beach Concentrates Paydirt:
I originally saw the Kougarok paydirt on amazon and it has always intrigued me. Like most people I only know about Nome because of the show Bearing Sea Gold. So I really wanted to buy a bag to see what the paydirt is like. Nome beach sands are supposed to be something entirely different as well as difficult.
Again as with my last difficult bag of paydirt this stuff had very little material in the +30 classification. It did have gold in the +30 material though. Not much, I recovered 3 small flakes in the -20/+30 classification. Plus found a few -30 specks that obviously piggy backed on in the dust.
In the -30 material I really had fun, not the kind of fun you would expect though. This stuff was incredibly hard to pan out. It was extremely clean paydirt which made me think it would be slightly easier to pan, but I was wrong. Very very wrong! This material is mostly composed of black sands and very fine garnet sands. So it has a really beautiful red color to it, but it makes up for the beauty with pain in the rear material. Even if you remove the black sands, the red fine garnet sands really holds on to the gold.
I found myself really having a hard time with the last tablespoon material. When I pan I work a tbs down to about 1/4 tbs then put it aside. Work next tbs down to a 1/4 tbs and add it to last material. This way I work 12 tablespoons down to 4 and then work those 4 down to 1 of super super concentrates. So it was that last TBS that really drove me crazy. I had to pull out every single trick I knew to get it to release all the gold. It was a long hard battle and again like in my last review the paydirt won.
One thing I will say about this paydirt is that even though I didn’t find a lot of gold weight wise. I found a ton while panning. Every tablespoon had lots of color as can be seen in the picture, but it is really fine gold. So while you will find a nice little pile of gold it wont weigh a lot. So this paydirt is more for the experience and the difficulty than the return on investment.
Kougarok Nome Beach Concentrate Paydirt ended with a score of 7.9 out of 10. The paydirt itself is really fun, and it has a lot of gold. The problem is a lot of -50 gold doesnt weigh a lot thus a low ROI. Eliminate the low ROI and the score for Kougarok would be much higher.
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Item Purchased: Kougarok Nome Beach Concentrate Paydirt
Total Cost: $19.99 ($0.00 Shipping) $19.99 Total
Gold Per Gram: $41.41 per gram
Total Gold Recovered: 0.141 grams
Gold Value: $5.84
Return on Investment: 29.21%
Actual Return on Investment: 23.96%
This review is my opinion and my results may vary from your results. My bag may have been a bad batch or a great batch, remember no two bags of paydirt are ever the same. So please use common sense when buying paydirt from any seller. Oh and good luck and happy panning!