The Biggest Gold Nuggets Found

The safest investment is gold. It won’t lose its value even in tough times. The glimmer of golden is even more bright for those who find the precious metal. Scroll down or click to see the stories behind some of the most significant single-gold finds ever made.

The Welcome Stranger Gold Nugget

Australia has exported at least 851 metric tons of Gold between 1851-1861, which is more than a third of all gold produced worldwide. John Deason, a Cornish miner, and Richard Oates, his partner, discovered the Welcome Stranger nugget near Moliagul Victoria in Australia, shortly after the main gold rush.

Although historical weight reports for the Welcome Stranger vary, it is believed that the nugget yielded approximately 156 pounds of pure Gold after being melted. This nugget is thought to be the largest gold nugget in the world .

It would be reasonable to assume that a nugget of gold as large as the Welcome Stranger would have been located deep in a mine or after extensive excavation. This is not true. It was found by simply digging around the roots a stringybark tree’s Welcome Stranger nugget. It was just over an inch beneath the surface.

The Welcome Nugget

Not to be confused with the other large gold nugget found in Australia that shares a similar name, the Welcome nugget is the 2nd largest gold nugget ever found, weighing in at 152lbs.

It was found by twenty-two Cornish miners at Bakery Hill, Victoria, Australia, in 1858. The Welcome gold nugget, as you’d expect from such a discovery, was found deep underground under the roof of a tunnel.

Pepita Canaã Gold Nugget

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Although the Pepita Canaa is currently the third-largest gold nugget in the world, it holds the title of the largest known gold nugget. This monster nugget is a massive 134-pounder.

Julio de Deus Filho, a miner from the Serra Pelada region of Brazil’s gold mining region, found this massive gold nugget in 1983. It is currently displayed in the “Gold Room”, the central bank’s money museum in Brazil’s capital Brasilia.

Sierra Buttes Monumental Claim Gold Nugget

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A group of miners was on their way to work in 1869 when they noticed a small amount of the 109 pound-weighted gold nugget sticking out from the ground. It was visible because the recent rains had removed enough dirt from the ground to allow workers to see it. They quickly dug it out of the ground, as you can see. It was a surprise to everyone.

A replica of the actual nugget can be seen at the Kentucky Mine Museum in Sierra City.

Lady Hotham Gold Nugget

The Lady Hotham nugget was named in honour of Sir Charles Hotham. It was found by nine miners at the Canadian Gully, Ballarat in September 1854 during Australia’s gold rush. It weighed 98 and was found deep within a tunnel mining at 133 feet.