‘Pawn Stars’: One Mysterious Rock Had Incredible Origins

by Amy Myers

We know what it looks like, but trust us, that’s not what it is. Pawn Stars shop owner Rick Harrison was pretty sure, too, that the seller dropped a huge piece of fossilized dino dung on his counter. But, according to the woman, she had sent the odd rock to multiple experts and all of them could confirm that it wasn’t prehistoric poo. But they still couldn’t tell her what it was. Some even alluded to the idea that it could be extraterrestrial.

Optimistic owner Teresa came into Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in search of answers. She didn’t even have an asking price for the object – she just wanted to know what she found while hiking in southern Utah. The rock had a disc-like shape with an imploded center. Although relatively small, it weighed roughly 40 pounds. Teresa shared that she had taken the object to a multitude of professionals from museums to geologists. At one point, someone even x-rayed the piece. All they concluded was that it wasn’t magnetic.

Like the seller, the Pawn Stars shop owner decided to call in an expert of his own – Mark Hall-Patton, or more affectionally, “The Beard of Knowledge.” Hall-Patton finally shed light on the object’s origin and deemed it a concretion, or “a natural formation when there is void in rock, and over millions of years, water seeps through that and fills in that space.”

Or, as Harrison so eloquently put it, “A rock that looks like a turd.”

‘Pawn Stars’ Shop Owner Is Not Impressed by Mysterious Rock

When Harrison first observed the strange object, he admitted that he hadn’t the slightest idea what it could be. He had some suspicion that it could be a meteorite which, if it was in good condition, could earn Teresa $25 a gram or roughly $453,000 for the whole thing.

Unfortunately, as Hall-Patton explained, the concretion was nothing remarkable nor otherworldly, so it wasn’t anything worth selling or buying.

“Unless you’re a rock collector, I guess,” the Pawn Stars expert said.

Even though this was the first concretion that Teresa had seen, these formations are actually fairly common in her home state. And hers wasn’t even the biggest of the bunch. Hall-Patton shared that some of the largest concretions known are 25 feet in diameter.

“You don’t want to have one of those come into the shop,” Hall-Patton told the Pawn Stars celebrity.

From the look on Harrison’s face, he didn’t even want this one in his shop.

While Teresa didn’t walk away with any money for her rock, she did finally have some answers. Harrison even advised the guest to place the piece in her front lawn “to deter burglars ’cause it looks like you have a really large dog.”