The Australian Broadcast Company reports on an amateur prospector who took a metal detector out to the old Ballarat gold fields and struck it big. He dug up a solid gold nugget weighing 177 oz, over 12 pounds.
From the article:The owner of The Mining Exchange Gold Shop in Ballarat, Cordell Kent, said the find was one of the most significant in his 20 years in the business. "Over that period the sum total of my finds would be just over 100 ounces (2.8 kilograms)," he said. "We have 800 prospectors on our books and only a couple of those have ever found a nugget over 100 ounces. "So there's only been one or two big pieces and they were found a long time ago."
The man who found the nugget had just recently bought his metal detector and started prospecting. One wonders how he'll ever top this!