"Striking It Rich:" the Two Aussies Were Right After All!
(The bogus "Washington Nugget.")
Pulling a Fast One
The convoluted and somewhat mysterious story of Jim Sanders' claim that he found the nearly 9-troy pound "Washington Nugget" on his property in Nevada County, California has come to a screeching halt. Experts have concluded that Sanders' spectacular nugget is, in fact, the "Orange Roughie" found in the Outback by Aussie nugget hunters Reggie Wilson and Murray Cox back in 1987.
Reg and Murray said that Sanders and his cohorts were trying to pull a fast one and bless their little "Digger" hearts...the two Aussies were right after all! (Come on, as miners did we ever doubt them?) Anyway, Mr. Sanders (or whatever his true name is) has emerged from this entire soap opera with quite a bit of doggy doo spattered on his face.
Word Has It
Word has it that the whopping $460,000 paid for Sanders' "Washington Nugget" has been returned to the buyer by the auction house or coin dealers who sold him the nugget. I'm pretty sure those high-brow dealers are their profession's laughing stocks these days and rightly so.
Lest you feel too badly for these clowns, the auctioneers/dealers did manage to find another buyer for the "Washington Nugget"....ooops!...I mean the "Orange Roughie." But the sellers got a much lower price after Sanders' BS (can you say scam?) was exposed. (No way?? Yes, way!!)
Gotta Love Those Aussies!
While Reg Wilson and Murray Cox are receiving numerous "Good on ya Mates" and hearty back slaps for telling it like it is, Sanders and his associates are laying low, obviously smarting from the slap in the face delivered by their own ineptitude. Oh fudge boys!! Ease up on yourselves. You tried your best but "stuff" happens...and not always to the sucker or "mark."
I tell you what though, brothers and sisters. Ya just gotta love those Aussies! They don't give up when they know they're right and they're hell on wheels when it comes to fighting back. I know...I saw them in action in Vietnam and on R&R leave as well! (Ooooh boy, you don' even want to know...)
Gets Me All Misty Eyed
I swear, I'm sitting here grinning because it's just like the old days of 1849-1855 when n'er-do-wells of every persuasion "worked" the California gold fields fleecing the '49ers. Sanders and his "pards" were just carrying on a long and sordid tradition. That's all.
Gets me all misty eyed though, truth be told. Why is that you ask? Simply because the "good guys" won for a change!
Good luck to you.
If you liked this post, you may want to read: "Striking It Rich:" California Man's 9-Pound Nugget a Scam?
(c) Jim Rocha (J.R.) 2011
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