Man finds enor­mous gold nugget in NQ

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AN enor­mous gold nugget has been found by a man in North Queens­land.

The prospec­tor found the 1.1763kg gold nugget in a field in the Char­ters Tow­ers re­gion worth about $63,814.

One gram of gold is worth about $54.25.

The nugget was 15cm be­low the ground and dis­cov­ered us­ing a Minelab GPX 5000 de­tec­tor.

“When I found the first nugget I was su­per stoked be­cause that was my big­gest ever,” the Queens­lan­der said, who wishes to re­main anony­mous.

“I would have been re­ally happy with just that but af­ter I’d calmed down, I went back to the same spot, restarted my de­tec­tor and af­ter just two or three swings I found the big one.

“It’s fair to say I was emo­tion­ally over­whelmed at that time,” he said.

The man had been search­ing a par­tic­u­lar area for a while that day and was ready to leave.

“But I gave it an­other quar­ter of an hour and then with five min­utes left I got this fairly good sig­nal — not too loud but I was con­fi­dent it was gold — so I started dig­ging.

“At first, I didn’t know just how big the nugget was be­cause the scales I had with me only went up to 500 grams.

“It wasn’t un­til later when I got home I found out I’d bro­ken the kilo mark.

“It was be­neath some veg­e­ta­tion so it was a bit of a chal­lenge to get to, but now I’m think­ing maybe those roots are keep­ing some other big nuggets safe ready to be found an­other time.”

Minelab’s Townsville dealer, Peter Cragg with the gold nugget.

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