Largest gold nugget in Britain found in Scottish river as area remains largely unexplored


By Yohannes Lowe and Martha Comerford
The Telegraph, London
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

The largest gold nugget in Britain has been found in a Scottish river, as experts reveal that members of the public are taking up hunting after watching YouTube clips.

The diver, who wishes to remain anonymous, discovered the L80,000 "doughnut-shaped" nugget using a method called "sniping," in which a prospector uses a snorkel and hand tools to scan the riverbed for treasures.

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The 22-carat lump, found in two pieces 10 minutes apart in an undisclosed river in May, weighed a total of 121.3 grams.

It earned the name of the Reunion Nugget after the two lumps, weighing 89.6 and 31.7 grams each, perfectly fitted together, leaving a small hole in the middle.

The specific location of the discovery is being closely guarded amid fears that its revelation could lead to Scotland's biggest gold rush in years.

Experts have reported an increase in enthusiasts taking up the hobby after watching videos of others mining for gold on online platforms such as YouTube.

It is estimated that there are around 50,000 rivers in Scotland, with many unexplored because they are so difficult to reach by car or train.

Leon Kirk, from Gold Planning Supplies UK, told The Telegraph that many of these river beds are "jumping" with valuable gold for those with the means to access them. ...

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