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Family literally stumble upon a gold nugget worth $37,000 during a Mother’s Day stroll – and they’re going back to look for more




A lucky family have struck gold – literally – after finding a $37,000 nugget while out on a Mother’s Day stroll.

The father, who did not want to be named, said he, his two daughters and the family’s Pet dog were walking on the outskirts of the goldrush town of Bendigo when they made the find.

‘Mum stayed at home so me, my two daughters and Lucky were just walking along. I actually walked right past it but my daughter kicked it as she was walking. She then goes ‘Dad, is this gold?’ I said, ‘I think it might be’,’ he told Stuff.

A young girl has stumbled across a gold nugget, estimated to be worth more than $30,000, near Bendigo

‘They weren’t too happy that we were weighing it at the deli there,’ he joked.

The nugget has since been confirmed as gold by an expert, the father says.

The find weighed in at 624 grams or more than 20 ounces and the family has been told it could be worth about $35,000 – more if they sell it as a whole nugget.

On Tuesday the spot gold price was trading around $US1299 per ounce, equivalent to $A1,865, implying a notional value for the nugget of $37,300.

He said the family has struck a tough patch financially recently so the find could not have come at a better time.

‘Just having it at home, I’ve been like where do we store it? I haven’t been sleeping very well and we think it’s best just to sell it.’

The father said he has tried prospecting in the past but has never found anything.

He also would not reveal just where in Bendigo they made the remarkable discovery, saying he plans to go back there and try his luck again with his family.

‘Usually, when you find a nugget that big, there will be more gold around so hopefully that’s the case,’ he said.