In Australia, a retired couple have stumbled across a fortune -- one of the largest gold nuggets ever found.
SV Aircraft taxiing on runway (2 shots)
SV Man taking box off plane and placing it on tarmac, opening box and lifting out nugget
CU Woman speaking in English answering reporter's questions PAN TO women holding out smaller nugget
SV Reporters taking photographs as woman holds large gold nugget and security man holds nugget for cameras (5 shots)
SV Man carrying box containing nugget into bank vault and placing nugget in safe deposit box
WOMAN: "We went out round after Skylab when, about twelve months ago and we were, we found these few and we've been fossicking since."
FAN: "And when did you come across the big one?"
WOMAN: "On Wednesday evening just as we were ready to give up for the day."
REPORTER: ALISON FAN
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Background: In Australia, a retired couple have stumbled across a fortune -- one of the largest gold nuggets ever found. they made their discovery with the aid of a metal detector in the desert near Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. The nugget's pure gold value has been estimated as 275,000 U.S. dollars, but as a specimen it would be worth several times more.
SYNOPSIS: The lucky couple are anxious to keep their identity secret, and when the 63-year-old woman escorted the find to Perth on a chartered aircraft she wore a wig in an effort to disguise herself. The couple are known to have worked as cleaning contractors before they retired last year. With their savings they bought a four-wheel drive vehicle and a metal detector and set off to search for parts of the American Skylab spacecraft which crashed to earth in Western Australia a year ago. In Perth, the mystery woman spoke to reporter Alison Fan and described how the nugget was found.
The woman has revealed she has seven children and hopes to spend the proceeds from the sale of the nugget on helping them. But as soon as she had seen the gold safely delivered to a Perth bank, she rejoined her husband in Kalgourlie to begin the search for a bigger one.
The Perth Mint had to use special equipment to assess the nugget after soaking it in an acid bath for two days. Results of the test showed it contained 419.55 ounces (11,906.67 grams) of gold with a thirteen ounce (368.51 grams) quartz rock locked into its top corner. The nugget is believed to be the biggest found since 1931.