The GOLDEN showing is located on the GOLDEN AGE Crown grant (Lot 987S), approximately 900 metres north of the summit of Mount Franklin.
The showing consists of several outcrops of disseminated chalcopyrite in a shonkinite-pyroxenite, a phase of the zoned mafic to ultramafic Averill complex. In the Franklin camp, pyrite is commonly found disseminated near the outer contacts of pyroxenite bodies. The Averill Complex intrudes metasediments and mafic volcanics of the late Paleozoic Franklin Group, and in turn is intruded by late phases of middle Jurassic Nelson granodiorites and Eocene Coryell syenite. Several hundred metres to the east are unconformably overlying clastic rocks of the Kettle River Formation and andesite and dacite flows and tuffs of the Eocene Marron Formation, Penticton Group.
The GOLDEN AGE claim was Crown granted in 1910 as Lot 987s. No work was recorded on the showing during the early 1900s when the Franklin camp was very active; however, a shaft is believed to date from that period.
In 1918 the GOLDEN showing was investigated for its platinum potential. A sample of rusty-weathering pyroxenite, containing disseminated chalcopyrite, was collected from the shaft. It assayed 2.06 grams per tonne platinum (Thomlinson, W. (1920): Mineral Investigations - Platinum, Munitions Resources Commission, Canada, Final Report, page 164). Copper carbonate stains were noted on the sample.
In 1964, Franklin Mines Ltd. acquired much of the Franklin camp and carried out detailed geological mapping and geophysical surveys in a number of locations. The GOLDEN showing was not covered by any of the detailed surveys.
In 1986-87, Longreach Resources Ltd. and Placer Dome Inc. carried out a major exploration program in the Franklin camp area. It is probable that the GOLDEN showing was prospected during this time, but no work was recorded.
Similar platinum occurrences nearby are the OTTAWA (082ENE061), COLUMBIA (082ENE060), BUFFALO (082ENE008) and MOUNTAIN LION (082ENE055) showings.