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1872: Largest Gold Nugget in History

1872: Largest Gold Nugget in History
Photo Credit To http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bernhard_otto_holterman_with_630lb_gold_from_Hill_End.jpg

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  • Such a mass of gold would be worth almost 5 million U.S. dollars in modern currency. The man who found it, Bernhardt Holtermann, used it to fund the building of a magnificent villa near Sydney. A stained-glass window in the villa showed Holtermann standing beside the nugget.

The so-called Holtermann Nugget was found on this day in 1872. It contained 99.8 kilograms of gold. It was discovered in Australia, in the “Beyers & Holtermann Star of Hope” mine, located in the town of Hill End, New South Wales. The nugget was 1.5 meters tall and weighed a total of 285.7 kilograms.

Such a mass of gold would be worth almost 5 million U.S. dollars in modern currency. The man who found it, Bernhardt Holtermann, used it to fund the building of a magnificent villa near Sydney. A stained-glass window in the villa showed Holtermann standing beside the nugget. His newly-earned wealth allowed him to devote himself to his passion – photography.

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