60kg gold nugget gives Australian prospectors fever

A huge 60-kilogram gold nugget allegedly found near Kalgoorlie has the Australian mining community literally suffering from gold fever.

According to ABC News, the nugget has an estimated value of roughly $1.6 million.

The photo of the boomerang-shaped object has gone far and wide. Some experts quoted by The Australian seem to believe it is just a hoax. Others are more enthusiastic:

"It's enormous and you hear rumours of weights from anywhere between 27 kilos to 60 kilos," Acting Superintendent of Goldfields Police Darren Seivwright told ABC News.

"If that is a 60 kilo chunk of gold, that is a significant find.

"If it is, I wish it were mine."

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