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Man finds mammoth £200,000
gold nugget in Australia

Telegraph [UK], by Staff

Original Article

Posted By:JoniTx, 1/17/2013 2:31:40 PM

An amateur prospector hunting for gold in Australia has astonished experts after stumbling across a mammoth nugget worth some £200,000. The Y-shaped nugget, weighing 5.5kg (177 ounces), was buried 60cm beneath the ground near the town of Ballarat in Victoria. Local experts said they could not recall any nugget even approaching that size being discovered in the area previously. The prospector, who has not been named, was using a top-of-the-line handheld metal detector when he found the nugget. Video footage of the find was posted online by user TroyAurum, who wrote that the prospector described the sound given off by the detector as being "like the bonnet of a car through the headphones".
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Reply 1 - Posted by: TheMotherCO, 1/17/2013 2:44:42 PM     (No. 9122537)

I want one of those detectors - I live near the foothills and at one time, silver and gold were found all over the place. Well, it was a nice thought, can´t do it but it sounds like fun.


Reply 2 - Posted by: provide, 1/17/2013 3:10:48 PM     (No. 9122599)

Could just have been a Japanese land mine.


   

 

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Rafter, 1/17/2013 3:17:58 PM     (No. 9122611)

Eleven pounds of ore?

Holy Shi´ite, Batman!
That´ll Rock the Casbah a few times!
Thunder Down Under.


Reply 4 - Posted by: lakerman1, 1/17/2013 3:41:56 PM     (No. 9122640)

Here is a tidbit gleaned from watching that goldrush show on discovery.
During the olden days, when large mining operations were ongoing, the nuggets were often dumped with the tailings, if the nuggets were very big. The operations in those days were going for the fine gold.
So if you can get to an old tailings location, you can find a nugget!


Reply 5 - Posted by: 4Justice, 1/17/2013 4:19:43 PM     (No. 9122703)

I sure wish there was some gold left here in California... I could use me a few nice nuggets!!


Reply 6 - Posted by: capt scurvey, 1/17/2013 4:35:16 PM     (No. 9122720)

Re #4, in Central City Colorado the old tailings are at the top of a hill overlooking Main Street, and nuggets are still occasionally found in the gutter after a heavy rain.


Reply 7 - Posted by: TheMotherCO, 1/17/2013 5:26:29 PM     (No. 9122816)

You do have to be very careful around the mines as many have been killed by the ground collapsing - some lived and most were either dead or died because they went alone.


   

 

  


 

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