Copies of the nugget were produced from the drawings done at the time.

On 5 February 1869, two Cornish miners, John Deason and Richard Oats, made a remarkable find while mining in the gold fields of Victoria, Australia - a huge nugget.

The 'Welcome Stranger' is the grandest gold nugget ever unearthed, with a weight of 72 kilograms (158.7 lbs) - the same as an adult's in Europe/Oceania - and a length of 61 centimeters (24 inches).

Upon arriving in Dunolly, the two miners presented the nugget to the London Chartered Bank so that it could be weighed. Unfortunately, its size was too great for the scale, thus requiring it to be split into pieces in order to be documented.

The two men were remunerated with a sum of nearly £10,000 (12,000 USD). Their families reveled in period clothing.

By breaking it down and melting it, the nugget was transformed into gold bullion and, as BBC News outlines, it would likely be worth around £2 million if discovered at present.

Suzie Deason, the fourth generation of Deason, commented: People always ask me when they learn my name if I am wealthy or where the gold is. Alas, I am not and we don't even have any jewellery made from the Welcome Stranger.

As of today, the nugget is believed to be worth more than £2m (2.45m USD) if it were to be sold.