Jan 182013

An Australian amateur prospector has made world headlines after unearthing a gold nugget weighing 5.5kg (177 troy oz) near Ballarat in the State of Victoria.

The 5.5kg natural nugget discovered near Ballarat.

Said to be worth around A$300,000, it was found using a handheld metal detector.

The area surrounding Ballarat has been extensively explored since the Victorian gold rush began in the 1850s – making a find of this size absolutely extraordinary.

Big, bigger, biggest

Despite its impressive dimensions, however, the hunk of gold is a mere tiddler in Australia’s league of giant nugget discoveries. Around 245 gold nuggets found in Australia are known to have been bigger.

The granddaddy of them all was found 100km further north at Moliagul in 1869. The whopping nugget, known as Welcome Stranger, weighed approximately 72kg (2,315 troy oz). It remains the largest gold nugget ever discovered.

Gold nuggets in Perth

The Normandy nugget is on display at The Perth Mint.

Prospectors frequently bring small gold nuggets they’ve discovered into the Mint for an estimate of their value. We are also a regular buyer.

If you want to see a really spectacular example, Newmont’s Normandy nugget is on display in our Gold Exhibition.

Found near Kalgoorlie in 1995, the 25.5kg (819 troy oz) specimen is the second largest nugget in the world today having escaped being melted down, and is the 26th largest gold nugget ever discovered.



  One Response to “Giant gold nugget discovered in Australia”

  1. This is what I call a champion! Is it the biggest piece of gold ever found?


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