Man Finds $100,000 Golden Nugget In Western Australia With Metal Detector

It's not uncommon to see people crawling up and down an Australian beach with their trusty metal detector, hoping to hit the jackpot.

You can see their excitement as their machine beeps and whistles as it comes across something metal, only for that hope to be dashed when it's either rubbish or worthless.

While some people might laugh that these prospectors, the hobby can sometimes, in very, extremely rare circumstances, result in riches. A man in Western Australia, near Kalgoorlie, managed to find a nugget of gold that's estimated to be worth around $100,000 - all thanks to his trusty metal detector.

Credit: Caters
Credit: Caters

He took it to his mate Matt at Finders Keepers Gold Prospecting to see if it was worth anything and was likely blown away when he heard it's value.

Matt, who owns the Finders Keepers said: "You don't see those kind of nuggets brought in very often at all.

"The guy who found the nugget has been a regular customer of mine for the past seven or eight years and he came in with the biggest smirk on his face. He then showed me a picture of the nugget and I was amazed and asked if he'd bring it in for me to look at.

"The nugget itself was only around the size of a packet of cigarettes but it weighed a lot more than it looked.

"I opened my shop over ten years ago and I've not seen something of that size discovered with a simple metal detector.

Credit: Caters
Credit: Caters

"Most nuggets that size have been dug deep down for so it was pretty incredible that he found it.

"The discoverer of the nugget isn't looking to sell the treasure just yet in the hope he may be able to get more for it - gold collectors will pay a lot more for things like that than it's original value price as it's so rare."

Only two weeks ago, a Victorian family stumbled upon a similar, albeit less valuable, gold nugget while walking along a beach. During a Mother's Day walk, the daughter kicked something in the ground and they picked it up and realised it could be gold.

They took it to be valued and found the 624 gram rock was worth a cool $35,000. Not too bad for a relaxing stroll along the beach.

BRB while we dig out our old metal detector.

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Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.

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