‘Not enough to retire, but I won’t complain’: Australian man shows off two gold nuggets he found during fossils – revealing their VERY impressive value
- Hobby gold digger shows off two large gold nuggets found online in the outback
- The Reddit user discovered his prize – worth up to $ 1300 – with a metal detector
- The find comes about two weeks after another gold digger found a 50g nugget
A prospector has excavated a number of small nuggets in the Outback.
The nuggets, smaller than a 50-cent coin, were discovered between Kalgoorlie and Leonora in Western Australia.
A photo of the gold, weighing 12.5 grams and measuring between two and nine inches in length, was posted on Reddit on Friday.
The Reddit user shared his most recent award for winning gold prizes online on Friday
The Reddit user said that a few smaller pieces were also found – about $ 250 in total – “but these two pieces are clearly the best.”
“Usually, these nuggets are in the range of 85 percent to 95 percent purity, alloyed with other metals such as silver and copper as common alloys, for a range of others,” the user replied to another’s comment about the percentage of gold in every nugget.
“There are a few different ways to test – a graduated acid test and the strength of the acid to fix a nugget scratch, you tell. There are electronic tests that use known signatures, all the way through to X-ray spectrometry and fire research used by the industry. ‘
The Reddit user said the Victorian goldfields were on their bucket list to do ‘when it settles down’ with COVID-19.
Absolutely love prospecting, come back to camp at the end of the day, sit by the fire with a cold beer and just enjoy. It’s probably more getting out and just being in the middle of nowhere for a while without pressure and the fresh air! said the user.
“I’m not a professional gold digger, so there’s no pressure, so enjoy every part, regardless of the find or not.”
The individual’s find comes about two weeks after another prospector found a 50-gram nugget on private property in the Ballarat area, southwest Victoria.
It was valued at $ 4,000 and was buried two feet underground.
The prospector, known as Bill M, shared a photo of the nugget with Australian Facebook group Detecting Downunder.
The prospector, known as Bill M, found the 50g nugget (pictured) on a private property in the Ballarat area, southwest Victoria, in June,
“Gold digger ‘Bill M’ found this beautiful 50-gram nugget on private property in the Ballarat area, ‘the post read.
“This comes straight from a gold reef and Bill looks like he’s doing something special. It was found about 60 cm down. ‘
A gold reef is where a large amount of gold is found that is enclosed underground in the rock in which it is formed.
The treasure hunters community weighed in on the find.
“Are you just wondering what a gold nugget of that size is worth? asked a user.
The group manager replied, “At the current gold price of $ 82 per gram, it’s worth about $ 4k. Not a bad payday. ‘
Australia’s largest gold finds
February 5, 1869 – The Welcome Stranger
The Welcome Stranger nugget is the largest ever found in Australia. Discovered by prospectors John Deason and Richard Oates in the small town of Moliagul in Victoria, the nugget weighed a whopping 72 kg and 60 cm long. The find is well deserved them £ 9,381 at the time.
June 9, 1858 – The Welcome
The Welcome was discovered by a group of 22 miners at the Red Hill Mining Company site in Bakery Hill, Ballarat. The nugget was 53 cm long and weighed 68.2 kg. It sold for £ 10,500 and ended up in London’s Crystal Palace before being sold to the Royal Mint in 1859.
September 26, 1980 – The Hand of Faith
This nugget is the largest in the world found by a metal detector. It was found by Kevin Hillier lying vertically just 12 inches below the surface in Kingower, a small town in the Shire of Loddon, Victoria. It was eventually sold to the Golden Nugget casino in Las Vegas, where it can still be seen today. It weighs 27.2 kg and is 45 cm long.
1995- Normandy Nugget
The nugget is the second largest nugget in existence and was discovered in a creek bed near Kalgoorlie in Western Australia. It weighs 25.5 kg and is 27 cm long. It is now owned by the Newmont Mining Corporation and can still be seen in the Perth Mint Museum.
December 18, 1906 – The Poseidon
Named after the winning Melbourne Cup racehorse that year, the nugget was discovered in the gold mining town of Tarnagulla in Victoria and weighed 29.6kg. The area where The Poseidon went became known as Poseidon Lead after many more gold nuggets were discovered there.
The Welcome Home nugget on display at Ballarat’s Gold Museum