Giant gold nugget found in Scottish river

Image copyrightPaul Jacobs
Image caption The discovery was made 2 years ago but has actually just now been revealed

A gold nugget - claimed to be one of the biggest ever found in Britain - was found in a Scottish river.Dubbed the Douglas

Nugget, it weighs 85.7 g, and has actually been estimated to be worth more than ₤ 50,000. It was discovered two years ago

but has stayed secret till now.The guy who discovered it-in his 40s-desires to remain confidential and the specific location of the river where the nugget was located is also being kept under wraps.Gold specialist Leon Kirk, from Gold Panning Materials UK, said:" This is a very exciting and unprecedented discover."However the nugget's rarity indicates it is very tough to put a rate on it." I would say it deserves at least ₤ 50,000 but

, as it's rarer than an Aston Martin or a Faberge egg, a billionaire

might quickly occur and pay a lot more for it." Historically, it is off the Richter scale." Image copyright Paul Jacobs Image caption Gold specialist Leon Kirk said the nugget could be worth more than ₤ 50,000 The guy who found it stated he stumbled upon it by"sniping"-which sees gold hunters wear a dry match and snorkel prior to lying face down in a river.He said he had actually discovered it while out searching with a good friend and had not initially realised how huge it was but

when they did it provoked a response of pleasure." I took off my glove and chose it up, leapt out of the water and shrieked' bingo!'to my friend,"he stated."We were both shocked and could not think it. I have actually never ever seen anything like it in my lifetime."The owner is presently not sure exactly what to do with his nugget, however is keeping it in a safe-deposit box in the meantime. Mr Kirk said he hoped it would wind up being purchased by a British

museum, although lawfully it might need to be handed over to The Crown Estate.He recommended anyone else interested in finding out

how to try to find gold must visit the "Capital of gold-panning "at Wanlockhead in Dumfries and Galloway.Dr Neil Clark, author of Scottish Gold: Fruit Of The Nation and curator at The Hunterian, University of Glasgow, stated it was difficult to state if the nugget could have broken off from a bigger chunk.Image copyright Paul Jacobs Image caption The discover was used a process called"sniping ""The rounded edges of the piece show that it has actually certainly been in the

watercourse for a while," he said. " The size of the nugget recommends that it probably did not take a trip far, though. "A variety of other big nuggets have been found in British waters with a 59g swelling found inCornwall in 1808.