Xinjiang herdsman finds huge gold nugget

A herdsman in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has found a 7.85kg gold nugget, which if it is 80% pure, as they often are, will be worth RMB1.6 million (over US$250,000).


The Kazak herdsman, Berek Sawut, from Qinghe County in Altay Prefecture discovered the precious metal “practically lying on bare ground”, Xinhua reported.  The name Altay means gold in Mongolian and a 1.84kg gold nugget was found there in 2010.


Local expert, Zhu Xinfeng, said the price of natural gold like this is often several times higher than that of refined gold due it to being so unique. The “random-shaped” gold nugget found by Berek is about 23 centimetres long by 18 centimetres wide and 8 centimetres at its thickest point, and not surprisingly has “attracted many visitors to his house”


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