World’s Largest Gold Nugget

Biggest Gold NuggetHand of FaithThe Hand of Faith is a natural nugget of high-karat gold weighing 889 troy ounces or 61 pounds! It was found near Kingower, Victoria, Australia on 26 September 1980. With dimensions 47 cm × 20 cm × 9 cm, it is regarded as the largest modern nugget found by a metal detector, anywhere in the world.  In the spring of 1980, Kevin Hillier took his new metal detector out for a spin in his tiny hometown, and instead of a bottle cap or junk, he found a monster gold nugget barely a foot underground. Today, it makes its home in the lobby of The Golden Nugget Casino/Hotel in Las Vegas.

The Hand of Faith is the biggest golden nugget in existence and the second-biggest ever discovered, and the biggest ever found with a metal detector. In case you’re wondering, Hillier made out just fine. He sold his golden nugget to the Golden Nugget for over a million dollars. At today’s gold price this nugget has a value of about $1,130,000.

Author: Shawn

Indiana University Alumni GIA Graduate Gemologist Student

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