The BIGGEST GOLD NUGGETS
The Welcome Stranger Gold Nugget
The world’s largest gold nugget was found just a couple of inches below the ground near Dunolly, Victoria, Australia on 5 February 1869. Weighing in at 2,315.5 troy ounces (72.02 kg) it surpassed the “Welcome Nugget” by nearly a hundred ounces. In this 1869 illustration published shortly after the discovery, the size of the gold nugget (61 by 31 cm or 24 by 12 in.) is compared to a 12 inch (30 cm) scale bar. The gold nugget was soon melted down into ingots and shipped to the Bank of England. Before 1990, just about all large gold nuggets were melted down for their monetary value. Today there are less than a dozen known gold nuggets over 500 ounces.
Welcome Gold Nugget
This massive 68 kilo (150 lbs.) gold “boulder” was discovered by a group of miners in the Ballart gold fields in Victoria, Australia on 9 June 1858. The first two miners to see the nugget fainted at the sight of it. At the time it was the largest single piece of natural gold ever found. A little over a year later, the gold nugget was melted down by the London mint to make gold coins, but models were made beforehand to create replicas like the one seen here. At around 2,217 troy ounces (69 kg), it remains the second largest gold nugget ever found. Because of their scarcity, large nuggets always fetch a price well above their value as precious metal. In 2013, the Welcome Nugget’s gold content alone would be valued at nearly $4 million, but an actual specimen of this size and purity would sell for many times this amount.
Hand of Faith Gold Nugget
The worlds largest extant nugget now lives in this rotating display case in the Golden Nugget Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. An amateur Australian miner found it in 1980 while casually sweeping his metal detector around his trailer near Wedderburn, Victoria, Australia. The gold nugget was resting less than 12 inches (30 cm) below the surface! Weighing in at 876 troy ounces (27.2 kilograms or 61 pounds 11 ounces), this massive gold nugget was sold to the casino for more than $1 million over a decade ago. Today the gold nugget content alone is worth closer to $1.5 million.
Perth Mint Gold Nugget
What is considered to be the world’s second largest existing gold nugget is held up for its first public display at the Perth Mint in Perth, Western Australia on 9 April 2000. Today, this 819 ounce lump of almost pure gold nugget is worth at least $1.3 million. Found by an unnamed prospector in the Kalgoorlie Region of Western Australia in 1995, the gold nugget was hidden under his bed for several years before he tried to sell it in the United States. It is currently owned by an Australian mining company.
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Considered by most to be the biggest gold nugget ever found, the Welcome Stranger was found at Moliagul, Victoria, Australia in 1869 by John Deason and Richard Oates. It weighed gross, over 2,520 troy ounces (173 lb) and returned over 2,284 troy ounces (156.6 lb) net. The Welcome Stranger is sometimes confused with the similarly namedWelcome Nugget, which was found in June 1858 at Bakery Hill, Ballarat, Australia by the Red Hill Mining Company. The Welcome weighed 2,218 troy ounces (152.1 lb). It was melted down in London in Nov 1859.
The Canaã nugget, also known as the Pepita Canaa, was found on Sept 13, 1983 by miners at the Serra Pelada Mine in the State of Para, Brazil. Weighing in at 60.82 pounds(973.1 oz), it is considered by most to be among the largest gold nuggets ever found, and is, today, the largest in existence. The main controversy regarding this nugget is that the excavation reports suggest that the existing nugget may have been originally part of a nugget weighing 5,291.09 ounces (330.693 lb) that broke during excavations.Canaã is displayed at the Banco Central Museum in Brazil along with the second and third largest nuggets remaining in existence, weighing respectively 1,506.2 ounces (94.14 lb) and 1,393.3 ounces (87.08 lb), which were also found at the Serra Pelada region.
Historic large specimens include the crystalline “Fricot Nugget”, weighing 201 troy ounces (6.25 lb) — the largest one found during the California Gold Rush. It is on display at theCalifornia State Mining and Mineral Museum.
The largest gold nugget ever found in California weighed 1,593 troy ounces (109.2 lb). It was found in August 1869 in Sierra Buttes by five partners — W.A. Farish, A. Wood, J. Winstead, F.N.L. Clevering and Harry Warner.
The Victoria, Australia gold rush of the early 1850s produced a number of large nuggets. They include the Welcome Nugget which weighed 68.98 pounds (68.98 lb) which is considered to be the second largest gold nugget ever found. Another find, the Lady Hotham, which weighed 98.5 pounds (44.7 kg), was found by a group of nine miners on September 8, 1854 in Canadian Gully, Ballarat at a depth of 135 feet. The Lady Hotham was named for the wife of the Governor, Sir Charles Hotham who happened to be visiting the area when the nugget was found. Eighteen months earlier, in January and early February 1853, three other large nuggets weighing 134 pounds (134 lb), 93.125pounds (93.125 lb), and 83.5 pounds (37.9 kg) were also found in Canadian Gully at a depth of 55 to 60 feet. Another nugget, the Heron, was found in 1855 in Golden Gully in the Mount Alexander goldfield. It weighed 1,008 troy ounces (31.4 kg) and was found by a group of inexperienced miners who had received a supposedly empty claim. The miners found the nugget on their second day of digging; the nugget was named after one of the gold commissioners, a Mr. Heron.
On 16 January 2013, a large gold nugget was found near the town of Ballarat in Victoria, Australia by an amateur gold prospector. The Y-shaped nugget weighed slightly more than 5 kilograms, measured around 22 cm high by 15 cm wide, and has a market value slightly below 300,000 Australian dollars, though opinions have been expressed that it could be sold for much more due to its rarity. The discovery has cast doubt on the common rumour that Victoria‘s goldfields were exhausted in the 19th century.