One of the largest gold nuggets ever discovered has now gone on display at The Perth Mint.
Newmont Mining Corporation’s Normandy Nugget was found in a dry stream bed near Kalgoorlie, Western Australia in 1995. And now it can be seen up close and personal at the Mint’s fascinating Gold Exhibition.
Weighing in at 25.5 kilograms, it is the second largest nugget in the world today. And the 26th largest gold nugget ever discovered. Thankfully it escaped being melted down.
The nugget has an intrinsic value of approximately AU$800,000 at today’s gold price. But its uniqueness and historical significance means that it would no doubt fetch much more than that.
Perth Mint Chief Executive Officer, Ed Harbuz said, “It is a coup for the 100,000 plus people who visit our Gold Exhibition annually to be able to see this important cultural and heritage asset symbolising almost 160 years of gold discoveries in Australia.”
Normandy Mining – which is now a part of Newmont Australia, purchased the nugget in 2000 after the Commonwealth Government objected to attempts by its finder to sell the culturally significant object overseas. It was then that it was brought home with the aim of ensure that it remained in Australia for all to see and admire it.
Since then, it has been displayed at museums around the world including Denver and Tokyo, before Newmont agreed to a longer term loan to the historic Perth Mint.
Newmont’s Normandy Nugget can be seen in The Perth Mint Gold Exhibition. Open weekdays between 9.00am and 5.00pm. And on weekends and public holidays between 9.00am and 1.00pm. Standard adult entry is $15. Children entry (4 – 15 years) is $5. Family pass entry (2 adults and 2 children) is $38.
For more information, please call (08) 9421 7223 for tour information and bookings.