Former Garbage Collector Uncovers One of the Largest Gold Nuggets Ever Found, Valued at £172k

A FORMER garbage collector turned gold digger has found what could be one of the largest gold nuggets ever discovered with a value of £172,000.

Syd Pearson struck gold in the form of a 4.3kg nugget when digging in the Australian state of Victoria.

Syd Pearson, who prospects for a hobby, has found what is believed to be one of the largest gold nuggets ever discovered

Syd Pearson, who prospects for a hobby, has found what is believed to be one of the largest gold nuggets ever discovered Credit: Rex Features

This massive 4.6kg gold nugget was eventually sold to a private buyer in the USA

This massive 4.6kg gold nugget was eventually sold to a private buyer in the USA Credit: Rex Features

The gold digger who named the nugget after his wife Catherine said he 'sat there and shook' at the time

The gold digger who named the nugget after his wife Catherine said he ‘sat there and shook’ at the time Credit: Rex Features

The 68-year-old has talked about how his metal detector was set off, and he heard the distinctive “clink” as he chipped the soil with a pick axe.

But Syd still believed it was a “rabbit trap or can” and was shocked by his discovery in December last year.

“I never let it go, I just sat there and shook,” he said.

He found the nugget in Dunolly, Victoria, which is part of the “Golden Triangle”.

The gold in this region is regarded the purest in the world at around 96 per cent.

Prospectors, who still flock there in droves 166 years after the first Gold Rush began, only need a £12 permit to claim the gold.

Syd named the nugget “Lady Catherine” after his wife and had two replicas made before it was sold to a US private buyer.

This incredible discovery could see even more prospectors flocking to the 'Golden Triangle' in Australia

This incredible discovery could see even more prospectors flocking to the ‘Golden Triangle’ in Australia Credit: Rex Features

“It’s not just the value of it, I’ve achieved something,” added Mr Pearson.

“I spent 37 years trying and I always dreamt of finding the big one. I was persistent and never gave up.’’

At 72kg the “Welcome Stranger’’, discovered in 1869, is still the largest nugget ever discovered in Australia’s history.

Today, it would be worth almost £2.3 million.

Related Posts

Mitch Trubisky and Wife Hillary Joyfully Announce the Birth of Their Baby Boy

And baby makes three for the Trubiskys. Steelers quarterback Mitch Trubisky and wife Hillary welcomed their first child earlier this week, son Hudson David Trubisky, the couple confirmed Thursday on Instagram. “Hudson David Trubisky,” Hillary captioned …

Read more

Bills Pro Bowl Tight End Announces His New Relationship in Heartfelt Instagram Post

Getty Bills tight end Dawson Knox celebrates at Highmark Stadium on January 08, 2023. The Buffalo Bills are firmly in vacation mode between the end of mandatory minicamp and the start of training camp, and tight end Dawson Knox is enjoying the offseason …

Read more

Revelando el intrincado tapiz: el arte del tatuaje de Riae como una fusión cautivadora de sexualidad e individualidad

No se puede pasar por alto el meticuloso detalle y la precisión del arte del tatuaje de Riae. Sus diseños no son simplemente patrones aleatorios grabados en piel, sino obras…

Read more

Revelando el aura encantadora de Mika Katana: la extraordinaria y seductora modelo tatuada del Reino Unido con un carisma incomparable y una belleza poco convencional

En el mundo del modelaje, donde la belleza suele ocupar un lugar central, Mika Katana emerge como una fuerza distintiva, cautivando al público con una seductora mezcla de carisma, seducción…

Read more

Liberando la creatividad personal: el innovador viaje de Keaton Belle como modelo y tatuador con un arte corporal increíblemente impactante

El viaje de Keaton Belle como modelo y tatuador muestra una combinación única de creatividad personal e innovación artística. Conocida por su sorprendente e impactante arte corporal, Keaton se ha…

Read more

Sumérgete en el arte corporal: explora los fascinantes tatuajes de Liza Vdovina y únete al inspirador viaje de la modelo rusa

Como modelo, los tatuajes de Vdovina desafían las normas tradicionales de la industria, donde la piel sin imperfecciones a menudo se considera el estándar. En cambio, su arte corporal se…

Read more

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *