What Is the Largest Gold Nugget Ever Found?


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Several large gold nuggets have been found; the largest ever discovered weighed 158.78 pounds or 72.02 kilograms. Named "Welcome Stranger," it was unearthed near Dunolly, Victoria, Australia in 1869.

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What Is the Largest Gold Nugget Ever Found?
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The weight of "Welcome Stranger" beat the record of a nugget nicknamed "Welcome Nugget" by roughly 6 pounds. In those times, gold nuggets were quickly melted down into ingots. Ingots are metals that are formed into shapes, such as bricks, for better storage and handling. A gold nugget was discovered in 2014, but it weighed less than 15 pounds. Today, only a handful of gold nuggets over 30 pounds are known to exist.

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