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05 February

Welcome Stranger

Welcome Stranger Nugget

Welcome Stranger Nugget Image Credit

The Welcome Stranger is the largest gold nugget ever found.  It weighed somewhere between 156 and 210 pounds.  It is 24 by 12 inches.  It was discovered on February 5, 1869 in Moliagul, Victoria, Australia by two prospectors, John Deason and Richard Oates.  It was found only an inch below the ground!  The two prospectors took the nugget to the bank and received £9,381 GBP for it.  It’s estimated 2013 value would be $3,766,950 US.  The nugget was melted down and left for the Bank of England on February 21, 1869.

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