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Today in history - The largest gold nugget of the world found in New South Wales
The largest gold nugget of the world-19.10.1872
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The largest gold nugget of the world-19.10.1872
Today in history - October 19, 1872


On 19 October, 1872 German gold miner Bernhardt Holtermann discovered the Holtermann Nugget in New South Wales, Australia, one of the largest single specimens of gold ever found. The specimen was 59 inches long, weighed 630 pounds, and contained an estimated 5000 ounces of gold. Strictly speaking, the find was not a nugget, but a matrix, a vein of gold embedded in a rock. 


The prized nugget was photographed, measured, and displayed, then crushed with 245 kilograms of ore to release the gold. It reportedly yielded 15,488 ounces, 11 pennyweights of gold. The largest gold nugget ever found was called the "Welcome Stranger" weighing in at 2316 troy ounces.
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