Largest Gold Nuggets Ever Found

See the 5 Biggest Gold Nuggets ever found by humans. With the second-largest gold nugget finding recently in Australia (2018).

Learn about what percentage of gold purity the typical gold nugget is depending on the location it is found. As well, what the troy ounce gold yield was for each of the biggest gold nuggets ever found. To begin, let us define what a Gold Nugget is.

Gold Nugget  - (n) a naturally occurring piece of native high-density gold.

Gold nuggets often get recovered by placer mining, but they also get found in residual deposits where the gold-bearing veins or lodes get weathered. Gold nuggets also get discovered in the tailings piles of previous mining operations, especially those left by gold mining dredges.

Gold nuggets typically have a 21K to 22K gold purity (88% to 92% gold by mass weight).

Historically gold nuggets found in Australia are often 23K or higher purity. Alaskan gold nuggets are usually at the lower end of the gold nugget purity spectrum.

A gold nugget’s fineness or purity can be roughly assessed by a gold nugget’s color. The darker and more vibrant an orange-yellow coloring a gold nugget has the higher percentage the gold content yield it has typically.

Gold nuggets high in silver content constitute the alloy electrum, which is the gold-silver mixed composition of the first gold coins struck and used in Ancient Lydia around 600 B.C.

Below we count down the 5 Biggest Gold Nuggets ever recorded with the second-largest find recently occurring only months ago in Australia

5 Biggest Gold Nuggets Ever Found









5th Largest

Pepita Canaa

Para, Brazil


1,683 troy ounces of gold

4th Largest

Welcome Nugget

Ballarat, Australia


2,196 troy ounces gold

3rd Largest

Welcome Stranger

Victoria, Australia


2,284 troy ounces gold

2nd Largest

RNC Minerals’

recent gold find

Kambalda East, Australia


2,300 troy ounces gold*

Largest Gold Nugget Ever Found

Holtermann Nugget

New South Wales, Australia


3,000 troy ounces gold


Watch the accompanying video below to learn more about the year 2018 RNC Minerals gold strike in Australia.

This record-breaking gold haul reportedly yielded over 9,000 troy ounces total with gold extraction estimates of over $15 million fiat USD in gold value at the then fluctuating gold price.

2018 RNC Minerals' Beta Hunt Mine Find: 4 Gold Nuggets

Biggest Gold Nuggets Ever Found Australia Beta Hunt Gold Mine Gold Nugget 3 SD Bullion SDBullion.com

Biggest Gold Nuggets Ever Found Australia Beta Hunt Gold Mine Gold Nugget 3 SD Bullion SDBullion.com

Biggest Gold Nuggets Ever Found Australia Beta Hunt Gold Mine Gold Nugget 3 SD Bullion SDBullion.com

Biggest Gold Nuggets Ever Found Australia Beta Hunt Gold Mine Gold Nuggets SD Bullion SDBullion.com


Good news!

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James Anderson
James Anderson
Senior Market Analyst & Content

A bullion buyer years before the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, James Anderson is a grounded precious metals researcher, content creator, and physical investment grade bullion professional. He has authored several Gold & Silver Guides and has been featured on the History Channel, Zero Hedge, Gold-Eagle, Silver Seek, Value Walk and many more. You can pick up Jame's most recent, comprehensive 200+ Page book here at SD Bullion.

Given that repressed commodity values are now near 100-year low level valuations versus large US stocks, James remains convinced investors and savers should buy and maintain a prudent physical bullion position now, before more unfunded promises debase away in the coming decades...