Britain’s largest gold nugget found on Scottish riverbed

Started by gash, August 20, 2018, 05:19:11 pm

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An amateur prospector has discovered the UK's largest gold nugget while lying face down in a Scottish river.

The British man, who has chosen to remain anonymous, described how he found the 85.7g (3.02oz) lump of gold through a process known as sniping, in which a snorkel is used to search the riverbed.
Named the Douglas Nugget, it is thought to be the biggest discovered in British waters for 500 years.

Leon Kirk, a gold panning expert based in Dumfries and Galloway, said the find was unprecedented and that the nugget's rarity made it hard to put a price on it. "I would say it is worth at least £50,000 but, as it's rarer than an Aston Martin or a Fabergé egg, a billionaire could easily come along and pay a lot more for it. Historically, it is off the Richter scale."

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