Figure 1: Estimated 90 kg gold specimen slab from the Father’s Day Vein, recovered from the current air leg heading face (drive), gold in quartz veining with pyritic sediments on upper right side. (CNW Group/RNC Minerals)
90kg specimen estimated to contain approximately 1,000 ounces of gold. (Image courtesy
A gold nugget dubbed ‘duck’s foot’ worth more than $110,000 has been uncovered in WA’s northern goldfields region.
The 3.23kg nugget contains 2.11kg of gold and amazingly was one of six sizeable nuggets the prospector found during his trip.
The prospector wished to remain anonymous and did not want to reveal exactly when he found the nugget.
He named the nugget duck’s foot because of its shape.
“When I had finished digging it out, I just thought ‘Oh my god’,” he said.
“There’s an amazing feeling of joy when you find a gold nugget, even a small one, so when I uncovered this one it was a really special moment.
“I have been going to the same spot for years but with a better detector, better technology, I keep finding gold in patches I’ve been over many times. I can’t believe the amount I’ve left behind.”
The man, who is retired, camps on-site for weeks or months at a time.
He was using an Australian-built metal detector from Australian company Minelab.
The prospector’s first strike was on the second day, which was a nugget big enough to pay for the entire expedition.
“That meant the pressure was off and I could unwind a bit. I started looking for deep signals in ground I’d gone over before,” he said.
“When I heard that signal, I knew it could be something big.
“It was pretty deep at about 800mm in clay soil so it took more than two hours of careful digging to get it out.”
Despite the great pay day the prospector has no plans to stop.
“I have always said to do this you need ruthless optimism and a happy heart. Why would I stop?” he said.
Airleg driller Henry Dole was on shift when his team unearthed two huge specimens at RNC’s Beta Hunt mine site in Kambalda earlier this month. Picture: Kelsey Reid / Kalgoorlie Miner.Source:Supplied
Earlier this month, Canadian gold mining company RNC Minerals announced it had found a whopping 9250 ounces of gold worth $C15 million ($A15.9 million) at its Beta Hunt gold mine, also in the Goldfields near Kambalda, in just one week.
That included two massive sized specimens weighing 95kg and 63kg with a combined estimated gold content of more than 4000 ounces, which President Mark Selby said could rank among the biggest ever discovered
On Thursday, the company provided an updated estimate from the discovery, dubbed the ‘Father’s Day Vein’, saying it had produced more than 24,000 ounces worth more than $C38 million ($A40.3 million).
Clive Palmer has described his victory in the long-running royalties battle in the Pilbara against Chinese state-owned enterprise Citic Pacific as a “win for all Australians”.
Palmer was awarded around $200 million in damages and a further $200 million to be paid annually for the next 30 years by the Western Australian Supreme Court last week in the dispute over royalty payments.
The dispute stems back to dealings between the two parties in 2006. Citic had paid Palmer $US415 million as part of takeover agreement, which included two separate royalties, for the Sino Iron project.
However, Citic refused to pay the second royalty, causing Minerlogy to make the claim in court.
WA Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Martin ruled that Citic’s wholly-owned subsidiaries Sino Iron and Korean Steel pay Palmer’s Mineralogy the damages.
“This is a win for Australian law over Chinese Communist Government powerhouses who have wasted precious court time, resources and energy,” Palmer said.
“Many Australian companies have lost these battles because they haven’t been able to afford to fight them.
“For too long they have used their power to try and crush Australian enterprise and thankfully today justice has been served.”
Another hearing will take place this week to address remaining issues in the dispute.