We spent the Easter weekend up in the bush at Ararat with the fossickers hoping to strike it rich and, as usual, failed miserably. On our return home I was looking for more sea monster articles to post and in my searches found some articles about a beast that is only a slightly less elusive. The fabled monster nugget.
The nugget in the above article weighed just over 463oz. That is over 13 kilos of gold. Gold is currently worth somewhere around $1400 Australian an ounce. My calculator tells me that if we had found that nugget over Easter we would be $648,200 better off. Imagine how many chocolate eggs we could have bought with that!
In 1898, as best as I can ascertain, gold was £3 to £4 per ounce. That 463oz nugget could have been worth as little as £1389 at the time.