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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
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.

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The "Welcome Stranger" nugget, weighing between 2380 and 2284 ounces, is the biggest ever found on the planet. Photo / Supplied

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https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=12230581

 

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what can you say  ?

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What has the guy sitting in the Gold Coast sand dunes got to do with the find in Bendigo? Nothing! Just more lazy rubbish from News Corp. They couldn't even put up a photo of the real 20oz nugget, which the Bendigo Advertiser at least did.

The guy in the sand dunes is definately not related to the finder in any way, and the piece he is holding looks to be only a couple of ounces.

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Real one (The Age)577fecd2070ebcf1974c693a86d4599676fa7c35

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They said in another article he found that on the beach at Gold Coast along with several others.  I would expect that to be the weirdest place to find nuggets.  I spent all those years living there and could have detected the living daylights out of it but didn't even consider it ?

https://www.news.com.au/finance/money/wealth/bendigo-man-finds-624g-gold-nugget-worth-35000-while-walking-dog/news-story/310de4c6f50258f0219aee146d6a80df

 

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There is no way on earth nuggets were found on Gold Coast beach. Total rubbish.

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2 minutes ago, Reg Wilson said:

There is no way on earth nuggets were found on Gold Coast beach. Total rubbish.

I thought the same, it just doesn't seem right, unless someone dropped them ?

This was the story on it

https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/wtf/surfers-paradise-gold-digger-finds-four-more-nuggets-in-the-sand-on-gold-coast-beach/news-story/9295cf02f989a29c6b9e60f34f425215

 

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Take a look at those colors. They are red stained. Need I say more?

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All this publicity about GOLD FINDS seem like the early day when Nuggets showed up just before Easter, Xmas, school holidays and the release of a NEW Detector.:rolleyes:. I remember when a new detector was released and a photo of mine turned up in a major Victorian News Paper.:rolleyes: At least the photographer had got the rights from me two years early for use of the photo. I still have a copy of the article with my gold memories. 

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Any chance of posting it Geoff?

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