Berek Sawut, a Kazak herdman from Qinghe County in Altay Prefecture stumbled upon a bit of good fortune while walking in the region of Xinjiang Uygur – a 17-pound gold nugget, just lying on the ground.
If the nugget is of normal purity it would be worth about $250,000. Another nugget from the same region was discovered in the same manner in 2010 and weighed in at 1.84 kilograms.
Although the nugget is huge in comparison, it does not hold the record for the largest gold nugget found.
On February 5, 1869, a nugget known as “Welcome Stranger” was discovered in Moliagul, Victoria, Australia. It had a gross weight of 109.59 kilograms or just over 240 pounds. Sadly the nugget had to be broken into three sections as no scale at that time was big enough to weigh the discovery.