The largest golden nugget ever found was given the name ´Welcome Stranger´. This golden giant of a nugget was found on 5 February 1869 in Moliagul in Victoria, Australia and weighed 78.38 kg. Although one would assume that a huge amount of work would have to go into digging up a nugget of this size, it turns out the biggest golden nugget ever was found just 2 inches below the surface of the ground! The lucky pair to stumble upon this welcomed stranger in the ground were John Deason and Richard Oates. Furthermore, even the largest golden nugget found by a metal detector was lying just 12 inches below the surface of the ground. However, it appears that Deason’s luck didn’t stretch beyond him finding this golden behemoth , as he used the profits to fund further failed investments in gold prospecting. In contrast Bernhardt Otto Holtermann, who found the largest specimen of gold, not to be called a nugget as it contained other metals and rock embedded inside it, was a wiser businessman than Deason and went on to finance many successful enterprizes. So what can be learnt from this? You never know what is just below the surface, it could be the new ´largest golden nugget ever recorded´, another ´Welcomed Stranger`.