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Great video, thanks! I hope she got to keep it..... I bet she's hooked after that.

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Just a one off Simon, she just wanted to see how it was done, and our planets rarely align. Unfortunately, I wasn't in a position to just give her the $1600 nugget as it was the only one we got.

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Very nice find, I hope you bought her dinner for her help.

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I just looked at this thread again and I was 'struck' by the title.  Nice 1 Ounce Nugget ...

Is it possible to have a 1 ounce nugget that is not nice?  haha

It's like saying Ugly 1 ounce nugget ... is there such a thing?  (I've seen threads that try to convince me that some gold is ugly but I keep looking at it as a beauty.)

Mitchel

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Gidday Mitchel,

I have had a few ugly one ounce + nuggets over the years ! All were reef gold nuggets, and were as ugly as a hat full of arseholes !   🤣

They ended up in the dolly pot and got turned into bush bars.

Rick

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