The Ovens
Gold Mines

1861 June – December

(The name "Ovens" refers to the natural sea caves.)

Photographs of

The Ovens
Lunenburg County
Nova Scotia

The Ovens: historic plaque

Is this one of the rare examples of a typo on a metal plaque?

"The Ovens yielded 120,000 in gold..." makes no sense.
120,000 ounces? No. This site produced less than 600 ounces
in 96 years. What measure does the "120,000" refer to?

It has been suggested that this is a mistake, perhaps by the
foundry, perhaps in the information supplied to the foundry.

Maybe the 120,000 was meant to be £20,000 and the "£" was
mis-read by someone. However, this does not agree with the
historic price of gold, which was about £3 to £4 per ounce
in the 1860s, at the peak of the Ovens production. A reasonable
estimate of the total value of this site's gold production is
closer to £2,000 than to £20,000.

The plaque text is a mystery.

The Ovens: historic plaque, general view
The Ovens: general view, historic plaque

The Ovens: coast below the plaque
The Atlantic Ocean coast below the plaque

The above photographs were taken on 20 March 2003.

Links to Relevant Websites

Ovens Park website

Gold in Nova Scotia

Troy Ounces of Gold Produced

The Ovens (1862-1958) 550.4 troy ounces   17.1 kilograms

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Five Houses cannon Five Houses cannon Lower LaHave

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Blockhouse Hill cannon Blockhouse Hill cannon Lunenburg

Camp Norway memorial Camp Norway memorial Lunenburg

Fort Point monument Fort Point monument LaHave

Western Shore war memorial Western Shore war memorial

Chester Basin war memorial Chester Basin war memorial Chester Basin

Chester war memorial Chester war memorial

Norwegian war memorial at Chester Norwegian war memorial at Chester

New Ross war memorial New Ross war memorial

Parkdale-Maplewood war memorial Parkdale-Maplewood war memorial Parkdale-Maplewood

Veterans' Memorial Bridge Veterans' Memorial Bridge Bridgewater

Military Engineers: Martins River Bridge Military Engineers Martins River Bridge

Military Engineers: Gold River Bridge Military Engineers Gold River Bridge

Montbeliard monument Montbeliard monument Lunenburg

Schooner Bluenose plaque Schooner Bluenose plaque Lunenburg

Sack-of-Lunenburg plaque 1782 Sack of Lunenburg plaque Lunenburg

Chester Basin: Delbert Webber, blacksmith shop Delbert Webber, blacksmith shop Chester Basin

Lunenburg: Temperance Fountain Temperance Fountain Lunenburg

Moose River Gold Mine Moose River Gold Mine collapse Moose River Gold Mines

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First uploaded to the WWW:   2003 April 22