An Australian man who has wisely declined to give his name has unearthed a gold nugget worth nearly £60,000 just using a metal detector.
Matt Cook, the owner of a metal detector shop in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, spoke to the BBC about the amazing find.
“He walked into my shop and showed me the nugget in his hand with a big smile on my face,” he said.
“It just a bit bigger than a packet of smokes, and the density of it was incredible, so heavy.”
“It just a bit bigger than a packet of smokes, and the density of it was incredible, so heavy”
Mr Cook said the man detected the piece on some saltbush flats, about 18 inches below the surface.
Finds of this size happen a handful of times every year, but they are rarely turned up by hobbyists with a solitary detector. Smaller finds are more common and Kalgoorlie produces about 75% of the gold mined in Australia.
Mr Cook’s shop sells specialised gold detectors priced from about $1,000AU (about £550) up to just under $10,000AU.
He told the West Australian: “It’s good to see people out there and finding nuggets like this,”
“They’re harder to find but they’re still out there.”
“It’s so busy — I can’t remember a year like it,” he said.
“And gold prices are high at the moment — it’s like a gold rush.”