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    • By phrunt
      Australian man finds 624g gold nugget worth $37,000 while walking dog
      13 May, 2019 7:56pm The father said he had been informed the nugget would likely be worth more than the A$35,000 estimate if it was sold whole. Photo / News Corp  
      An Australian family have literally struck gold after finding a valuable gold nugget during a Mother's Day outing.
      The family from Bendigo in Victoria, who asked to remain anonymous, were walking their dog — fittingly named Lucky — on the outskirts of town on Sunday morning when the daughter kicked something hard lying on the ground.
      At first, the father and his two daughters were unsure of what they had found — but it has since been confirmed by experts as a 624 gram gold nugget with an estimated value of at least $35,000 ($37,000).
      "I actually walked right past it but my daughter pretty much kicked it as she was walking. She then goes — dad, is this gold? I said, I think it might be," the father told the Bendigo Advertiser.
      The stunned family first took their find to an IGA supermarket to weigh it, with the rock coming in at 624 grams, or 20 ounces.  The father said he had been informed the nugget would likely be worth more than the A$35,000 estimate if it was sold whole, and that he did plan to sell it eventually.  He said the unexpected windfall had come at a crucial time.
      "We've come on some tough times so it's really good because we've been struggling financially. It couldn't be better timing really," he told the Bendigo Advertiser.  "Just having it at home, I've been like where do we store it? I haven't been sleeping very well and we think it's best just to sell it."  He said the "really random find" had inspired the family to return to the site and look for more gold lying beneath the surface.  "Usually when you find a nugget that big, there will be more gold around so hopefully that's the case," he told the publication.
      However, it's not the first time an Aussie has struck it rich.  Last September, a huge gold nugget worth at least A$110,000 was uncovered by a retired prospector in remote Western Australia.  That find weighed in at a hefty 3.23 kilograms and was dubbed "Duck's Foot" because of its unique shape.    And in 2017, Surfers Paradise gold digger Greg Cooke made headlines after finding several gold nuggets on a northern Gold Coast beach over several visits.
      In fact, Australia is famous for its treasure trove of gold nuggets, with eight of the world's 10 largest found in the country over the years.  The "Welcome Stranger" nugget, pictured below, weighing between 2380 and 2284 ounces, is the biggest ever found on the planet and was discovered at Moliagul, near Dunolly in Victoria, in 1869.
      The "Welcome Stranger" nugget, weighing between 2380 and 2284 ounces, is the biggest ever found on the planet. Photo / Supplied Source:
    • By Steve Herschbach
      “The single biggest hoard of Celtic coins ever found is now thought to be two separate stashes that were buried together. The Le Câtillon II hoard includes 70,000 gold and silver coins and 11 gold torques, or necklaces, and dates to the First Century AD. Researchers believe that two distinct tribes created the currency, due to variations in the quality of their production as well as the metals used. The collection, thought to be worth £10million ($13million), was brought to the island and buried - most likely to hide it from Roman invaders, experts say.”
      Full story and photos here
    • By Steve Herschbach
      “A man who unearthed a £145,000 Anglo-Saxon pendant has found more treasure dating back about 800 years. Tom Lucking's latest find saw him dig up a brooch dating back to between 1200 and 1300 in Wymondham, Norfolk in September.
      In 2014, the then student found a pendant in Winfarthing, Norfolk dating from circa 630AD. Mr Lucking, 27, said the brooch, which features two lions and is studded with two pink stones, was a "special" find.”
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    • By Steve Herschbach
      “Let us take you back to Reno over 147 years ago. 
      In the year 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant was about to go into his second term, mining was the main source of economic prosperity throughout the western United States, and the entire state of Nevada's population was less than 50,000 people (1870 Nevada Census). 
      During this time, the Free Masons were a prominent fraternal organization. They lodged their members and had held meetings in several places across the great basin. This includes: where Reno City Plaza now sits, the 13th Masonic Lodge on 1st street, and the recently demolished lodge next to the Whitney Peak hotel.
      During the lodge's demolition in late winter of 2019, construction workers found a tin-container placed inside a large rock of sandstone. The general manager of the Whitney Peak Hotel, Eric Olson, recognized the box as a time capsule placed by the masons. Olson, who also practices free-masonry, asked to have the time capsule properly removed by specialists and be interpreted by practicing historical experts and masons-alike.
      "I knew that it was a time capsule because, as a Free Mason, history is something we take pride in," said Olson. "I wanted to make sure whatever was inside of that container needed to be taken care of properly by a professional."”
      For the rest of the story and a list of the finds visit the source article.
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