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5 Of The World’s Biggest Gold Nuggets That Haven’t Been Melted

These are extra special as they haven’t been refined.

Throughout history, gold has always been a lucrative asset that humans have learned to extract a hundred years ago. Because of extensive mining of gold, rarely is the metal seen as a nugget. Majority of the gold nuggets that have been discovered have all been refined and melted.

For the past few decades, however, there is appreciation on the most natural raw form of gold. Instead of melting them or refining them to make into coins, jewelry and bars, some have been collected while preserving the raw form. Here are five of the world’s largest gold nuggets that still exist.

#5. Ironstone's Crown Jewel, USA

In 1992, Sonora Mining Company in California extracted the gold nugget embedded in quartz rock. After cleaning, it was found that the gold weighed 16.4 kg or 527 troy ounces.

The nugget piece is housed in Ironstone Vineyards, a heritage museum in California. The gold piece is also called by its other name,Kautz Crystalline Gold Leaf Specimen in reference to John Kautz, the vineyards’ owner.

#4. Normandy Nugget, Australia

Source: Reuters

On the number 4 spot is the Normandy Nugget, which was found in 1995 in Kalgoorie, Western Australia. This nugget is much bigger than the Ironstone with a weight of 25.5 kg, which is equivalent to 820 troy ounces. Five years after its discovery, Normandy Mining bought the nugget fro the finder and had it displayed in Perth Mint museum.

#3. Hand of Faith, Australia

Another large nugget was found in Australia in 1980, specifically in Kingower in Victoria. Weighing 27.66 kg (875 troy ounces), Hand of Faith was purchased by Golden Nugget Casino in Nevada. It can now be found in the casino lobby on Las Vegas’ East Fremont Street.

#2. The Great Triangle, Russia

On the second spot is the triangular-shaped nugget, the Great Triangle, which was extracted in Miass in the Russian Urals in 1842. The Russian state owns the 36.2 kg gold, which already includes the fine gold content weighing 32.94kg. This massive nugget can be found in the Diamond Fund collection in the Moscow Kremlin.

#1. Pepita Canaa

The largest unmelted gold was found in the State of Para, Brazil in 1983. The Serra Pelada Mine extracted this massive nugget, which grossly weighs 60.82 kg, which includes 52.33kg fine gold content. Brazil’s central bank bought the piece and put it up for display at the Banco Central Museum.

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From book spines to illustrations, her designs are stealing the catwalk!

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Scroll down below to see her beautiful works. We assure you: Her dresses will blow you away.

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See the Most Corrupt Countries in the World Ranked and Mapped

What’s your country’s score?

Transparency International, an organization against corruption, has recently released its latest Corruption Perception Index. The newest edition maps and ranks the world's most corrupt countries. According to the organization, the index sadly shows that majority of the countries are making little to no progress in ending corruption.

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