Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
mn90403

The $80,000 Nugget

Recommended Posts


Dang, could you imagine what that would be like? To find something so awesome? Incredible!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

He says “amazing feeling of joy” uncovering any nugget....how true! Amplify it a zillion times if you found a whopper I bet!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

damn Aussies! I'd be insanely excited finding a 3.23 gram nugget.

  • Like 1
  • Haha 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What is that attachment on the back of the armrest on the 7000?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
8 hours ago, Reg Wilson said:

What is that attachment on the back of the armrest on the 7000?

Hard to tell but looks like some sort of spring loaded arm rest that sits up against your tricep. 

Can’t imagine that it would give you much more control but...?  

Certainly wouldn’t help with weight. 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
23 hours ago, Reg Wilson said:

What is that attachment on the back of the armrest on the 7000?

It's a white board check list Reg, so you can keep track of where the big gold is. 😂

 

cheers dave

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Very funny dave, but the 7000 has GPS for that purpose. There are those that believe the GPS is monitored.

  • Haha 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The picture isn't of the guy that found the nugget. Its a promo photo for the shop (The Prospectors Pick) and Minelab. The guy that found it wants to remain anonymous. He was also using a sP01 enhancer at the time.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

  • Similar Content

    • By Steve Herschbach
      As many of you know I owned the placer operations at Moore Creek Mine in Alaska for many years. We ran a very successful "pay-to-mine" operation there. I am still an owner of the lode portion of the property but sold the placer and pay-to-mine operation in the winter of 2009.

      As part of the deal with the new owners I was to run the first week of the pay-to-mine with them on hand to show them the ropes and ease the transition. Gerry McMullen of Gerry's Detectors booked a group in the first week of 2010, my last week of running the show. Real nice group, and some very proficient operators, a guy named Spencer among them.

      It was a great week with a pile of gold found, but like all good things had to draw to a close. On the last day everyone was out looking one last time, and Spencer got a signal directly across the pond from the camp in an area where quite a bit of gold had been found in the past. The little pile there was pretty well mowed flat, but Spencer got a nice faint low tone target. He dug. And dug. And dug.

      Now to his credit he knew there was also some deep trash in the immediate area, and the tone was more likely to be junk than a big nugget. And he was tired. But he came over to the camp and borrowed a long handle shovel and went back to it. It was his last target and he was going to finish it.

      I am in camp and I hear some whooping and hollering. Spencer hit the big time! He had dug a lot of gold in his nugget detecting career, but the nearly one pound nugget he had just found blew away his previous finds for size!

      It is always fun being around something like that. The excitement is infectious. I went over to see the hole and frankly it was amazing. We all sat around taking pictures and here is one I got of Spencer standing in the hole the nugget came out of. The nugget weighed in at 11.88 ounces.

      Spencer with 11.88 Ounce Nugget at Moore Creek, Alaska (click on photo for larger version)
      The nugget was found with a Minelab GPX 4500. There was over 30 ounces of gold found that week and Spencer's was one of the larger ones ever found in my years at the mine - it was nice to go out with a bang. Spencer really earned that nugget though, many people would have decided it was a can and walked away. More about Spencer

      Sadly the new owners were not able to keep the pay-to-mine going. Hosting people in the middle of nowhere Alaska is not for everyone and 2010 was the last summer people could pay to visit the mine. The owners shifted to a pure mining operations and were successfully operating through the end of last season. I may stop out and visit them this summer. Has to be another big nugget lurking at Moore Creek!
       
    • By oneguy
      OK...I'm bored as the snow keeps piling up!!!  I remember reading a thread on one of these forums, which I can't remember which one, but somebody posted some very small bits he'd gotten with I believe a Gold Monster(?).  Anyways....one of the replies posted was from a person who couldn't and wouldn't believe a detector could find gold that tiny.  Soooo.... just for fun lets see some pics of your smallest bits and what detector you got them with???  Mine below were got with the Monster.....


    • By Steve Herschbach
      I post these Facebook embeds from time to time. If you are not a Facebook user you may or may not see the photos.

    • By beatup
      Here is a photo of my brothers finds from the sunny southwest corner of Arizona. All these were found with a gpz 7000 they range in size from just a few hundredths of a gram to close to 27 grams.Most all were found in areas that have been hunted and then hunted some more.
       

    • By Gerry in Idaho
      My customer on MX trip with me 2 weeks ago. 1st day 1st ring & it's this mans 14K gold with a gold Krugerrand coin. I told him to quit & just hang out at the bar as I felt he would not find a better. Should have listened as it actually did become his best find of the trip.   It is his 1st gold coin find ever.
      So if entering it at the local club, does it go into the Jewelry Category or the Coin?  Or he could pop the coin out and enter both individually?
      His Equinox 600 is almost paid for.



    • By kiwijw
      Hi guys, After mowing the lawns & doing a bit of section tiding up & checking out the forum I went out for a late afternoon detect to a local spot. Being a bit cooler in the late afternoon/early evening. I took the E-bike to get in a bit quicker than it would have taken to walk. I wasn't really to sure where I was going to go as the grass growth is still crazy. There is crap growing in the exposed schist bedrock where I have never seen it before. Making detecting very hard to impossible. Hence the E-Bike so I could just keep riding, scoping out places where I could wave a coil. Ended up in just one spot, rigged up the Zed, & then realised I had left the bungy  cord on the 4500. Bugger. Had to carry the full weight of the Zed.
      I targeted exposed bedrock & was getting my share of pellets when one signal lived on down a bit deeper into a crevice. I had to smash a bit of the schist out to get the target to move. This was looking promising.
      Bingo .26 of a gram
      Then a graveyard of pellets....one after the other after the other....I dropped the coil down the face of a bit of a drop off. Got a very faint signal. Probably another pellet. But the signal lived on deeper again than the pellets.
      I had to hack out a few bushes to get right in there.
      Ended up having to carefully hack out more schist in the face, careful so I didn't lose the target.
      I didn't lose it. .08 of a gram But no catch & release.
      That was it. Nothing more but rubbish so I packed it in & rode back to my wagon. That was a bit of fun for a couple of hours in the cool of the evening.
      Two for a total of .34 of a gram.
      Have I ever said how the Zed just Blows me away? 👍  Cheers.
      Good luck out there
      JW
×