Come see the 5 Biggest Gold Nuggets ever found by humans. With the second largest gold nugget finding recently occurring only months ago in Australia (2018).
Gold Nugget - (n) a naturally occurring piece of native Earth gold.
Gold nuggets are often recovered by placer mining, but they are also found in residual deposits where the gold-bearing veins or lodes are weathered. Gold nuggets are also found in the tailings piles of previous mining operations, especially those left by gold mining dredges.
Gold nuggets are usually found with 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 purity can be roughly assessed by a gold nugget’s color, the darker and richer the orange-yellow a gold nugget has, the higher percentage the gold content yield is 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
GOLD TROY OUNCE YIELD
1,683 troy ounces of gold
2,196 troy ounces gold
2,284 troy ounces gold
Kambalda East, Australia
2,300 troy ounces gold*
Largest Gold Nugget Ever Found
New South Wales, Australia
3,000 troy ounces gold
Watch the accompanying video below to learn more about the recent 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 USD in gold value at the then live gold spot price.
2018 RNC Minerals' Beta Hunt Mine Find: 4 Gold Nuggets