A lucky find
It’s always nice stumbling upon a five-dollar bill on the ground or finding a coupon for a free drink at your favourite coffee place shoved in the back of your drawer. These people really lucked out and found items that were much more valuable. Whether it was with their metal detector or they stumbled across it on the beach, read on to discover these valuable items that people found by accident.
Lucky was with him
The find: A half-kilo gold nugget.
Where it was found: On a walk.
In 2019, a man (who wished to remain anonymous) took his dog, Lucky, for a walk somewhere (he wouldn’t say exactly where) outside the city of Bendigo, about two hours north of Melbourne, Australia. Joining him were his two daughters, and it’s a good thing they did. “I actually walked right past it,” he later told the Bendigo Advertiser, “but my daughter pretty much kicked it as she was walking. She then goes, ‘Dad, is this gold?’” He replied, “I think it might be.” Unable to find a jeweller, they brought the fist-sized chunk to a grocery store deli to weigh it, and it topped 560 grams. Experts have since confirmed the nugget’s authenticity. “We’ve come on some tough times,” the dad said, “so it couldn’t be better timing.” He said the family discussed keeping their lucky find, but they ultimately decided to sell it. Estimated value: $24,000.
The find: A rare video game still in its original packaging.
Where it was found: In a box in an attic.
On Mother’s Day in 2019, Scott Amos of Reno, Nevada, was visiting his childhood home in Humboldt County, California, to finally get his stuff out of his mum’s attic. While he was going through the boxes, he came across a department store shopping bag. Inside it was a Nintendo video game called Kid Icarus that Amos didn’t even remember owning. Judging by the December 1988 receipt, it was most likely a Christmas present that never got wrapped. Nor had it been opened, which makes this lucky find a huge deal. According to gaming expert Valarie McLeckie, Kid Icarus is a highly sought-after cult classic, and there are fewer than 10 known unopened copies in existence: “To find a sealed copy ‘in the wild,’ so to speak, not to mention one in such a nice condition, is both an unusual and rather historic occurrence.” Amos put the video game – which originally cost $38.45 – up for auction, and sold it for $9,000. He used the windfall to take his family to Disney World.