Offbeat

By Jasmine Kalauskaz and Niamh Shackleton


A man in Australia has struck gold after finding a golden nugget worth £51,000 [$100,000 AUD] with a simple metal detector.

Matt Cook, 45, owns the store Finders Keepers Gold Prospecting – the shop the man visited with the treasure after his discovery.

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Matt was stunned when the 1.5kg nugget was brought in for him to preview.

He 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.

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“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.”

The man – who wishes to remain anonymous – apparently found the nugget on Easter Friday but only told people about it in the past week.

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Matt, from Kalgoorlie, added: “I opened my shop over ten years ago and I’ve not seen something of that size discovered with a simple metal detector.

“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.”