Some gold nuggets can be worth a fortune. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 James St. John
The man had been combing the wilds of Victoria, Australia in search of the oft-sought precious metal.
It's not every day that you happen to come across an object worth a quarter of a million dollars, but that's exactly what happened to one lucky gold-hunter recently when he went searching for the valuable metal in the famous 'Golden Triangle' region of Victoria, Australia.
Believing that the nugget might be worth around $10,000, he took it to Lucky Strike Gold in Geelong for valuation and was surprised to find that it was worth many times that amount.
"It's one of those life-changing pieces," gold trader Darren Kamp told 9 News.
"When he dropped it into my hand my jaw dropped with it. I've been in the gold industry for 43 years and it's the biggest gold specimen I've seen."
"You see big specimens found by big companies underground... but to find it with a detector, it's the biggest one I've seen."
The discovery proves that there is still a lot of gold out there, just waiting to be found.
"If it's got your name on it, you'll find it," said Kamp.
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