Miners working for RNC Minerals unearthed an even larger gold-encrusted rock at the Beta Hunt mine in Western Australia back in September 2018. This eye-opener weighs in at a back-breaking 3,351 ounces (95kg) and is said to contain around 2,400 ounces (68kg) of pure gold valued at $3 million (£2.3m).
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The magnificent Welcome Stranger, the granddaddy of all true gold nuggets, was found by English prospectors John Deason and Richard Oates in February 1869 at Moliagul in Victoria, Australia. Weighing in at a jaw-dropping 3,524 ounces (99.9kg), the monster nugget was broken up into three pieces that were later melted down. It would be worth at least $3 million (£2.3m) if still intact today.
While the Welcome Stranger is the largest gold nugget ever found, the biggest single gold specimen discovered on the planet is the Holtermann 'Nugget'. Unearthed in October 1872 by German-born miner Bernhardt Holtermann at Hill End in New South Wales, Australia, the gold-embedded-in-quartz specimen weighed a staggering 10,229 ounces (290kg). The rock was valued at £12,000, which is $1.7 million (£1.3m) in today's money, before it was crushed and the gold extracted.
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