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5 Biggest Gold Nuggets Ever Found!

Below is a list of the largest gold nuggets ever found

1 “Welcome Stranger” gold nugget

Between 1851 and 1861, Australia reportedly exported at least 850 metric tons of gold, equivalent to more than one-third of the world’s total gold mined

Shortly after this major gold rush, in 1869, the Welcome Stranger nugget was discovered by Cornish miner John Dyson and his partner Richard Oates near Mallagoole in Victoria, Australia

Although many historical accounts of the weight of the Welcome Stranger vary somewhat, it is believed that the nugget yielded about 156 pounds of pure gold when smelted, and is considered one of, if not the largest, gold nugget ever found in the world

You would think that a gold nugget as large and valuable as the Welcome Stranger nugget would be found deep in the gold mines or after extensive excavation

The “Welcome Stranger” nugget was found simply by digging around the roots of stringy bark

2 Welcome nugget

Not to be confused with another large gold nugget found in Australia with a similar name, Welcome is the second largest gold nugget ever found, weighing 152 pounds

It was discovered by a group of twenty-two Cornish miners in 1858 at the site of the Red Hill Mining Company at Baker Hill in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia

And as you would expect from such a discovery, Welcome’s gold nugget was deep underground on the roof of the tunnel

3 Pepita Canaã Gold Nugget

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The Pepita Canaã is the third largest gold nugget ever found in the world, however it currently holds the top spot as the largest gold nugget in existence today

And this monster nugget weighs 134 pounds

This huge gold nugget was discovered in 1983 by miner Julio de Deus Filho in the Cerro Pelada gold-mining region in the Brazilian state of Pará and is now on display in the “Golden Room” of the Central Bank’s Money Museum in Brasilia, the federal capital of Brazil

4 Sierra Buttes Monumental Claim gold nugget

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In 1869, a group of miners were on their way to work when they saw a small portion of this 109-pound gold nugget sticking out of the ground

As you can imagine, they quickly began digging it out of the ground

You can see a replica of an actual gold nugget at the Kentucky Mines Museum near Sierra City

5 Lady Hotham’s Gold Nugget

Named after the wife of Sir Charles Hotham, the Lady Hotham nugget was discovered by a group of nine miners in the Canadian Gorge at Ballarat in September 1854 during the Australian Gold Rush

It weighed 98 pounds and was 133 feet deep in the mine tunnel

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