free gold

noun
1.
treasury gold, including the legal reserve, not restricted to the redemption of gold certificates or other specific uses.
2.
Mining. gold found in loose particles or nuggets, as in a placer mine.

Origin:
1895–1900

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free gold
 
n
1.  gold, uncombined with other minerals, found in a pure state
2.  (US) the excess of gold held by the Federal Reserve Banks over the legal reserve

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Example sentences
In general free gold occurs in quartz containing pyrite, arseno-pyrite, and/or
  stibnite.
Soon it was evident that free gold along the creeks was not going to be enough.
The reaction of the cyanide solution with the free gold is oxygen-dependent.
The veins contain disseminated pyrite and arsenopyrite with trace amounts of
  silver and free gold.
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