Commemorate 150 years of the Welcome Stranger Gold Nugget at APMEX

2019 Gold Nugget Silver coin - Perth Mint

On February 5, 1869, miner John Deason came across what would become one of the largest-known alluvial Gold nuggets ever found: The Welcome Stranger. A special release from The Perth Mint commemorating the 150th anniversary of this 66kg Gold nugget is available for pre-order now at APMEX.

While working near Moliagul, a goldfields town in Victoria, Australia, Deason discovered a large nugget around the roots of a tree only 3 centimeters below the surface and waited until dark to dig it out. Deason’s partner, Richard Oates, helped dig out the Welcome Stranger once the sun went down.

The Welcome Stranger was taken to Dunolly, where it needed to be broken down before it could fit on the bank scales. At the time, the nugget was worth 10,000 pounds – approximately $3- 4 million in today’s money. The discoverers were paid for the nugget before it was melted down and sent as ingots to Melbourne, then forwarded to the Bank of England.

The obverse of this intricate design portrays the Welcome Stranger nugget with the inscription ‘THE WELCOME STRANGER NUGGET 1869 -2019’ as well as The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark. The reverse features the Jody Clark-designed portrait of Queen Elizabeth II along with its face value. The 150th anniversary coin is available in 1 oz .9999 fine Silver and has a limited mintage of 25,000 coins worldwide.

The Welcome Stranger anniversary coin makes a great addition to any collection and is available to pre-order now at APMEX.

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