Victorian Finds $240K Gold Nugget in the Golden Triangle
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Avid readers of The Local Rag would know we’re well and truly into prospecting for gold, and the nuggets found along the journey. So, when I heard this week that a new nugget was found in Victoria—2.6kg worth—my eyebrows lifted. A lucky Victorian man is the proud owner of the latest big gold nugget found in Victoria, and it was found in the famous gold region of the ‘Golden Triangle’ that stretches in the area between Bendigo, Ballarat, and St Arnaud.
The prospector—who has decided not to be identified (fair enough!)—took the 4.6kg rock to Lucky Strike Gold in Geelong to be valued. Lucky Strike owner, Darren Kamp, was shocked to see the discovery.
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“He pulled this rock out of his backpack and as he dropped it in my hand he said, ‘Do you think there’s $10,000 worth in it’?” Mr Kamp told NCA NewsWire.
“As soon as it hit my hand I said, ‘Try $100,000’.”
The rock itself turned out to be home to 2.6kg worth of gold, which is worth a whopping $240,000 in today’s gold value.
“I’ve been in the gold industry for 43 years and it’s the biggest gold specimen I’ve seen,” Mr Kamp said. “You see big specimens found by big companies underground … but to find it with a detector, it’s the biggest one I’ve seen.”
Victoria’s ‘Golden Triangle’ is a great place to prospect, and covers the areas between gold meccas Ballarat, Bendigo, as well as St Arnaud, Maryborough, Daylesford, and Castlemaine.
The largest gold nugget ever found in Victoria was the ‘Welcome Stranger’, which was found in the Victorian town of Moliagul.. Today, the 72kg Welcome Stranger gold nugget would be worth around $6.8M today.