A treasure hunter has found the largest gold nugget in Britain – at the bottom of a Scots river.

The diver, who wishes to remain anonymous, discovered the 22-carat lump using a method called “sniping”.

It sees the prospector use a snorkel, dry suit and hand tools to search the bed of a river.

Weighing 121.3 grams it is the biggest of its kind in the UK and is thought to be worth £80,000.

It was found in two pieces which fit together perfectly but leave a small hole in the middle, earning it the name the Reunion Nugget.

The exact location of the discovery is being kept under wraps to avoid a Scottish Gold Rush. Lee Palmer, author of Gold Occurrences In The UK, was approached by the finder of the nugget while researching for his book.


He said: “This is now the largest nugget in existence in the UK. When you look at it, it’s doughnut-shaped.

“There are no impurities in it, it is just pure gold nugget of about 22 carats. It really is a remarkable find.”

The nugget was found in May in a location which is being kept a secret by the finder and the land’s owner.

The prospector unearthed the larger piece first.

Mr Palmer, 50, said: “The man just threw the bigger piece in his bucket, he knew it was big but didn’t realise how big.”

He hopes it will be bought by a national museum.