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Medal - Centenary, Discovery of "The Welcome Stranger" Nugget, Midlands Numismatic Society, Australia, 1969 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 23804

Summary:
Australia Victoria Moliagul
1969 (AD)
Mint: Stokes
Other Details: Medal issued by the Midlands Numismatic Society in 1969 to commemorate the centenary of the discovery of the 'Welcome Stranger' gold nugget. The 'Welcome Stranger' was found on February 5 1869 by Cornish miner John Deason, who was working in Bulldog Gully, near Moliagul in central Victoia. While searching about the roots of a tree he discovered, 3 cm below the surface, a gold nugget. He concealed his find until dark, then with his partner, Richard Oates, dug it out. They then held a party during which they revealed their find to the guests. The 66-kg 'Welcome Stranger', then the world's largest-known gold nugget, was taken to Dunolly where it had to be broken on an anvil before it could fit on the bank's scales. It was worth 10,000 pounds - around $3-4 million in today's money. Deason returned to Moliagul and his descendants are still in the area. Oates returned to Cornwall.
Description:
(obverse) A building (perhaps a fire-tower or small airport-tower) around above, MIDLANDS NUMISMATIC SOCIETY, below, FOUNDED 24-11-1967

(reverse) At centre the Welcome Stranger nugget, above, TO COMMEMORATE THE FINDING OF THE / WELCOME STRANGER / GOLD NUGGET / 2332 OZS.;
below, FEB.5 1869 - 1969 / FOUND AT MOLIAGUL / BY JOHN DEASON & RICHARD OATES
Acquisition Information:
Cultural Gifts Donation from Harold Mower, 1991
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 39 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 30.823 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: gold, welcome stranger nugget, solander
Themes this item is part of: Gold Nugget 'Welcome Stranger' (1869), Public Life & Institutions Collection, Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: mining
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1969 AD
Obverse Description: A building (fire-tower or small airport tower) around above, MIDLANDS NUMISMATIC SOCIETY, below, FOUNDED 24-11-1967
Reverse Description: At centre the Welcome Stranger nugget, above, TO COMMEMORATE THE FINDING OF THE / WELCOME STRANGER / GOLD NUGGET / 2332 OZS.;
below, FEB.5 1869 - 1969 / FOUND AT MOLIAGUL / BY JOHN DEASON & RICHARD OATES
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: (obverse) A building (perhaps a fire-tower or small airport-tower) around above, MIDLANDS NUMISMATIC SOCIETY, below, FOUNDED 24-11-1967

(reverse) At centre the Welcome Stranger nugget, above, TO COMMEMORATE THE FINDING OF THE / WELCOME STRANGER / GOLD NUGGET / 2332 OZS.;
below, FEB.5 1869 - 1969 / FOUND AT MOLIAGUL / BY JOHN DEASON & RICHARD OATES
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Midlands N Soc, Australia, 1969
Mint: Stokes (Australasia) Pty. Ltd., Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1969
Commissioned By: Midlands Numismatic Society, Victoria, Australia, 1969
References: Car.1969/5

Comments

Collin Andrews Posted on 19 Jul 2014 12:03 PM
The Obverse shows Bristol Hill lookout in Maryborough Victoria.

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