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Striking gold! Lucky prospector unearths a 'monster' 1.4kg nugget worth up to $100,000

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 20/5/2019 Kylie Stevens

a hand holding a frog: This newly unearthed 1.4 kilogram nugget is valued at almost $100,000 at current gold prices © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited This newly unearthed 1.4 kilogram nugget is valued at almost $100,000 at current gold prices A lucky prospector has struck gold after unearthing a precious and rare find worth almost $100,000.

The anonymous prospector couldn't believe their good luck when their metal detector uncovered a whopping 1.4 kilogram nugget while hunting for gold in Kalgoorlie in Western Australia's Goldfields-Esperance region recently.

Finders Keepers Gold Prospecting posted photos of the surprising discovery on Facebook last week after a customer brought in their precious find to be valued.

'What a monster!' the business posted.

'1.4 kilo piece found a few weeks ago near Kalgoorlie by a very lucky customer of mine whilst walking the saltbush flats.'  

Aspiring prospectors were impressed with the discovery.

'That's incredible, what a great find. The eyeballs would have been popping out when the finder got their first glimpse of it,' one person commented.

Another added: 'OMG, lucky finder, it's a keeper.'

a view of a city: The lucky discovery was found while prospecting for gold in Kalgoorlie in regional WA © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The lucky discovery was found while prospecting for gold in Kalgoorlie in regional WA

Nuggets that size are found in the region only a few times a year and usually need heavy machinery to be uncovered, according to Finders Keepers Gold Prospecting owner Matt Cook.

'They're harder to find but they're still out there,' Mr Cook told Perth Now.

Prospectors are now flocking to the region, hoping for similar luck.

'It's so busy — I can't remember a year like it,' Mr Cook said.

'And gold prices are high at the moment — it's like a gold rush.'

a hand holding a piece of pizza: 'What a monster!' Finders Keepers Gold Prospecting posted on Facebook after a customer brought in their rare find (pictured) to be valued © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited 'What a monster!' Finders Keepers Gold Prospecting posted on Facebook after a customer brought in their rare find (pictured) to be valued

The latest find comes after a family found a 624 gram nugget of gold valued at $37,000 while walking their dog on the outskirts of Bendigo in regional Victoria earlier this month. 

A retiree unearthed a 2.11kg nugget valued at around$110,000 in Western Australia's  northern Goldfields region last September, the same month when workers at the Beta Hunt mine near Kalgoorlie unearthed $15million worth of gold.

A North Queensland man also unearthed a gigantic nugget weighing in at 1.1763 kilograms and worth $63,800 late last year.

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