Queensland man’s enormous gold nugget find
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 $63,814.27.
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."
Driving back to camp the day before, he saw a double rainbow for the first time in his life. Ignoring the adage that gold is found at the end of rainbows, he identified the section of ground beneath the highest point of the arc and decided that was where he would look the next day.
He named his find Arcus Nugget because of the role nature played in its discovery.
Arcus is Latin for rainbow.
"I said to myself that's where were going to find gold tomorrow but I never thought it would be so much."
He's now negotiating to sell the nugget privately.
Minelab's Townsville dealer, Peter Cragg was amazed to see the nugget.
"It's a fantastic story and goes to show that there are still big nuggets out there ready to be found if you have the right equipment and can spot the terrain. He found more than a kilo of gold in an area which has certainly had detectors go over it before. It makes you think what might still be out there." he said.