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Steve, Tony As many of you know, I'm retired and with all my extra time I spend it with Family & Friends and my life long passion of Gold Prospecting. I've been successful in life's twist &

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Congratulations,

That is one mighty fine, dam nice looking slug of gold.

:hmmmmmm:

Did I mention ......... That is one hell of a dam nice looking piece of gold...........WOW

Jim

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Goldfinger....what a great idea....hey Steve you come here and I'll go there....for a time we'll

swap houses and of course Toyota's....and of course I'll need LL's phone number... :innocent0009:

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:icon_mrgreen: FANTASTIC FIND STEVE!! I bet you'll never call friday the 13th unlucky again. Nice to see one of the retired crew make such a righteous find!!! Life begins at retirement,I never worked so hard in my life!! tons a a au 2 u 2 -John :tisc-tisc:

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Lucky Lundy's birthday is just a few days away and mine was yesterday. We decided to have a Birthday hunt today and Lucky Lundy invited me to a very special patch he calls the Ostrich Ranch. It's private property his wife's uncle owns. The day was absolutely perfect weather wise and considering the drive we got a pretty early start.

I was hunting with my new 4000 (Thanks Bill) using the stock DD coil. I had been digging all the normal crap, 22's, nails, small pieces of wire then I got the sweet sound we all love to hear. It was pretty quiet, more of a warble then anything, but as I removed more dirt the sound just got sweeter. Pretty sure I had found another bullet but the hole was getting too deep so I figured it must have been on the side of the hole. As I went past 12" it was becoming apparent I may have found a nugget. At 14 inches it was getting harder to dig and keep the hole small so I started digging with my scoop. I hit a layer of nice blue clay and noticed a small bit of gold showing. Yahoo it was gold for sure. I started to remove some of the dirt with my hand and it kept getting bigger and bigger. This could not be happening to me, it's only the kind of thing you read about happening to someone else. I went for it and pulled it out not believing how heavy it felt. Time to call Rick over........ I waited for him to get close then reached in and pulled it out. He (and I) were dumbfounded. It was beyond guessing the weight and we did not have a scale. I'm glad no one else was around because seeing two grown men hugging and jumping around might have seemed strange.

Got back to Rick's and his scale overloaded and would not weigh it........ Well, it was more than 3 ounces. Had to get back home to get the final weight after a quick clean in the ultrasonic..... 191.2 grams.... 6.14 ounces. I am still dumbfounded. It is the nugget that a 30+ year quest has finally led me to. I have never found a 1 ouncer. This slug is a 1/2 pound over the 1 ouncer I wanted to find! It fits so perfect in the palm of my hand I have named it the "Palm Nugget"

What a day and what a special guy Rick is to have taken me to his ace in the hole patch.

What a great find and what a great friend you have. Silver Dog

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I dont know if I should say HOLY CRAP or HAPPY BIRTHDAY, how about

HAPPY CRAP!

Once again my hat goes off to Lucky Lundy, he has shared his knowledge, spent time with newbies to help develop their prospecting skills and has even invited many newbies and veterans alike to his patch knowing that everyone who enters the patch will walk away with a special keep sake nugget. I don't know anybody ....anybody at all who would share the wealth as Lucky has, he could have kept the patch all to himself but once again for the umpteenth time proves he is one hell of a guy!

Congrats to the both of you!

Tony

I could not have said it any better! Thanks so very much Lucky! It certainly is the find of a lifetime and I did not have to go to Alaska, Brazil or OZ to get it.... My own backyard (well Lucky's) and the California Mother lode!

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Way to go Steve. It took a while to get it, now aren't you glad you didn't give up? Not too many people will put you in a patch like that. Congradulations!

Matt

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Steve, Tony

As many of you know, I'm retired and with all my extra time I spend it with Family & Friends and my life long passion of Gold Prospecting. I've been successful in life's twist & turns and chose my investments in life, like my friends. What I really enjoy, is putting a smile on a friends face and I have a scrap book full of happy faces. Steve & Tony have their mug's in my book to share with other friends. You can say I'm a Philanthropist of happy faces and even a few dreams. But Steve's, Divine Manifestation of a Nugget...brings it to a new level. I still can't get over the size of it!!!

I'm loading the truck up right now...until our next hunt!

LuckyLundy

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Best lookin' paper-weight I've ever seen, darn straight! I think you just upped the ante in a lot of people's imagination about what is actually possible to find. You have raised the bar from "lifetime find" to "fantasy nugget". I'm betting that you're even smiling when you sleep - you should! Enjoy.

Ben

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WOW: What a find!!! is it possible that Lucky did some kind of chant or dance before you went out to insure you found a whopper, that lucky is some kinda guy--god bless.

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WTG Steve :icon_mrgreen: Hell I'm still trying to get past the 1/4 oz mark :tisc-tisc: I've found hundreds of nuggets and found species well over an ounce but just can't seem to get past the solid nugget 1/4 mark :outtahere: -Mike C... :ph34r2:

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Holy Moly, :woohoo: what a wonderful birthday present. Congratulation Steve.

Wouldn't it be great if the gold gods would give all of us a birthday present like that?

Once in a life time find.

Congratulations once again.

Happy nugget shooting,

Bob

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Holy Cow, Steve!!!!!!! That is the nugget of a lifetime...It definitely had your name on it....In Neon!!!! :whoopie: :whoopie: :whoopie: ...You finely found the Daddy and Granddaddy nugget...Congratulations on some fine findin'....Cheers, Unc

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El Dorado,

I won't say Happy Birthday, you've had it already, congrats.

All I want to know is when Garimpo is ariving to hunt with you. :laught16::laught16::laught16:

Max

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El Dorado

Fantastic nugget, congrats. That spot has given up a good number of big ones, probably more to come. My hats off to lucky, not a lot of guys would take fellas to a spot that produces nuggets like that friend or not. Good going guys.

Hawkeye

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