Strewth! Lucky Aussie amateur prospector uncovers huge gold nugget worth £200,000
The gold nugget, which has an estimated value A$300,000 ($315,000: £197,000), was reportedly found with a handheld metal detector.
A lucky amateur prospector in the Australian state of Victoria has struck gold after unearthing a nugget weighing 5.5kg (177 ounces).
The gold nugget, which has an estimated value A$300,000 ($315,000: £197,000), was reportedly found using a handheld metal detector.
The owner of The Mining Exchange Gold Shop in Ballarat, Cordell Kent, said the find was one of the most significant in his 20 years in the business.
"I have been a prospector and dealer for two decades, and cannot remember the last time a nugget over 100 ounces (2.8kg) has been found locally," said Cordell Kent, owner of the Ballarat Mining Exchange Gold Shop.
"It's extremely significant as a mineral specimen. We are 162 years into a gold rush and Ballarat is still producing nuggets - it's unheard of," he told the BBC.
He also said the man who made the dramatic find said the nugget sounded like the bonnet of a car through the headphones.
Mr Kent is now seeking a buyer for the nugget on behalf of the lucky prospector, who wishes to remain anonymous.
Amateur prospecting is increasingly popular with gold in Australia trading at about A$1,600 per ounce.
- 1 Home Office says Nigerian asylum-seeker can’t be a lesbian as she’s got children
- 2 What happens to your body when you give up sugar?
- 3 Drugs Live cannabis trial: Hash is less harmful than any other drug, expert claims
- 4 Turkish Airlines flight TK 726 crash-lands on Nepal runway amid dense fog
- 5 Apple and Google users being spied on for a decade because of 'Freak' security flaw
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'
Boris Nemtsov shot dead: Outspoken Putin critic who had expressed fears for his life is killed near the Kremlin
£25000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This firm are focussed on assis...
£7 per hour: Recruitment Genius: A vacancy has arisen for a General Processor ...
£18000 - £22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A great opportunity has arisen ...
£14000 - £16000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Full time and Part time positio...