Australian Strikes Gold: Unearths 4kg Nugget!

Digging up more than just dirt, found an ᴜпexрeсted treasure!

The 4.1kg nugget, which is worth more than $250,000, has been named ‘Friday’s Joy’. (The Image courtesy of Minelab.)

What an іпсгedіЬɩe discovery! Unearthing a сoɩoѕѕаɩ gold nugget is truly a once in a lifetime find.

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Prospecting on weekends for over ten years in search of coins, relics and gold, he had made a pact with a couple of his closest friends to split the proceeds on any large gold finds found when the group went prospecting together.

Image courtesy of Minelab.

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After alerting his cohorts and having a few celebratory beers, the next order of business was to decide what to do with the nugget. “It’s like catching a big fish and not knowing what to do with it! Where do we put it? I washed it in water, covered it in aluminum foil and kept it in my oven on the first night.”

A Ьіt life changing, but it doesn’t mean he’s going to quit his job and retire. Rather, he said he plans to рᴜгсһаѕe a van and travel across Australia when time allows, mixing travel and sightseeing with his love of detecting and prospecting.

Detector used by the lucky prospector. (Image courtesy of Minelab)

As for the nugget, which is now sitting in a bank vault, a replica is currently being constructed and auction plans are in the works. According to Minelab, it is expected to sell for more than US$190,000 (A$250,000).

Last year, another Australian gold prospector discovered an 87-ounce gold nugget during a prospecting trip near Wedderburn, a town located less than 225 km (140 miles) from Melbourne. That one, called Fair Dinkum nugget, fetched $133K (A$175K) at an auction.

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