A GOLD hunter is to make a mint by selling a huge nugget known as The Prince Of Wales.

Kerry Thackwell, 62, found the 30g treasure while prospecting with his dad.

  

Gold hunter Kerry Thackwell is set to make £25,000 by selling a huge 30g nugget known as The Prince Of WalesCredit: Roger Jones & Co/pictureexclusive.com

For four decades it sat untouched in a safe but is now set to fetch £25,000 at auction.

Kerry said: “I suppose I kept the nugget for sentimental reasons. It would come into my head from time to time, but I just left it in a safe.

“I recently returned to the area to care for a sick relative, though, and it got me thinking.

“My dad is really elderly these days and the thought of it being sold at auction really, really excites him. So we’ve decided the time is finally right to put it into auction.”

Kerry, of Marlow, Bucks, and his dad Ray, 89, found the nugget near the town of Dolgellau, in Gwynedd, in 1979.

The expert miners, originally from New Zealand, had been invited to survey and sample the area’s Gold Belt.

They found the nugget 6ft down in the Prince Of Wales mine.

It is the largest recorded nugget in Wales but at the time it would have fetched just £100 in scrap metal prices.

Kerry said: “The nugget wasn’t that deep but it was tucked into a corner. I saw it and thought ‘Nah, it can’t be’. But it was.

The nugget is the largest recorded in Wales and was found 6ft down in the Prince Of Wales mineCredit: Roger Jones & Co/pictureexclusive.com

Kerry said: ‘The nugget wasn’t that deep but it was tucked into a corner. I saw it and thought ‘Nah, it can’t be’. But it was’Credit: Roger Jones & Co/pictureexclusive.com

The huge nugget will go on sale at Roger Jones & Co auction house in Cardiff next monthCredit: Roger Jones & Co/pictureexclusive.com

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