One lucky Aussie fella found himself in a whole lot of luck – financially that is.
The man who has chosen to remain anonymous has discovered a gold nugget estimated to be of the value of $72,000 when out on a trip with his metal detector.
Matt Cook, the owner of a metal detector shop in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia has come forth to tell the BBC about the mystery man’s fortuitous discovery.
He walked into my shop and showed me the nugget in his hand with a big smile on my face.
It just a bit bigger than a packet of smokes, and the density of it was incredible, so heavy.
He went on to add that the man has discovered the nugget in some saltbush flats, roughly 18″ below the surface.
It’s not often that finds this impressive pop up, with just a handful recorded in year and what makes this even rarer is the fact that it was discovered by a hobbyist with a single metal detector.
Smaller finds are rather common in Kalgoorlie, with 75% of all gold mine production happening in the region.
Mr Cook told West Australia,
It’s good to see people out there and finding nuggets like this. They’re harder to find but they’re still out there.
Mr Cook charges anywhere between $1,000AU to $10,000AU to gold prospectors for his metal detectors.
Cook further adds:
It’s so busy, I can’t remember a year like it.
And gold prices are high at the moment, it’s like a gold rush.
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