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06-14-2012, 04:15 AM
Forwarded from Allen in Mt.
The anticipation had been building for several months. A group that I had put together to go gold nugget detecting in the wilds of Alaska was about ready to begin as the little 6 seater plane was touching down on an runway scraped out of dredge tailing piles.
Everyone got there gear unloaded as we were met buy the host/owner and given our what fores and why nots.. A number of us had been here before and kinda new the lay of the land. One of the workers (Dave R.) came over to show us what he had found a month earlier at the end of the runway.
It was a nice 20 ounce specimen that looked like it had just been broken as they were doing some pushing with the cat. He explained that he had detected it with his detector and had been looking for the other piece for a month now.
One of the guys in my group (Gary C.) stated that just as soon as he got his gear stowed he was heading out to find the other piece of the specimen. A little later in the afternoon Gary comes back with a grin on his face holding onto a nice 8 ounce piece.
Sure enough the piece Gary C. found fit nicely with the piece that Dave R. had found a month earlier.
What a coincidence that after Dave had searched for a month, Gary went out and within a few hours found the other half. Put together it weighed 28 ounces
Oh yes they were both using White's MXT's
enjoy and HAGD
Allen in MT
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06-18-2012, 05:51 PM
I finally got it figured out .1559

06-18-2012, 05:53 PM
The first photo is the big piece Dave found. Dave1560

06-26-2012, 03:37 PM
WOW that is a nice nugget :cool:

06-26-2012, 06:20 PM
this was taken a long time ago and is not from anything current. its still a nice picture

06-26-2012, 11:59 PM
Must have been last year or before. Any body like to put the date on ?

Steve Herschbach
06-27-2012, 07:23 AM

20.1 Ounces
"The NAC Nugget" Found by Dave Rankin at Ganes Creek near McGrath, Alaska in 2004 with a White's MXT metal detector. The nugget was found at the end of the runway immediately after some bulldozer work was done to lengthen the runway. This work was demanded by Northern Air Cargo (NAC) to accommodate a landing by one of their cargo planes, so Dave credits them with being a reason the nugget was found.

8 Ounces
Dave's nugget had a fresh break on one end. A few weeks after Dave found the nugget, Gary Cox located the other piece weighing just over 8 ounces. The nugget was unfortunately broken when the bulldozer ran over it. The total weight before it was broken was over 28 ounces.


06-27-2012, 11:22 PM
Thanks for that. It puts everybody in the real picture.

06-28-2012, 09:36 PM
that is one purdy rock