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From the collection of the charlatan ‘Prince of Matua and Montferrat’
A handwritten label attached reading ‘Fac . simile of Great Nugget presented by the Welsh Miners to the Prince of Matua and Montferrat 1879. Original worth £ 300 . Found in Gwynfynydd’
Size: 11cm high, 7.5cm wide – 4¼ ins high, 3 ins wide
Ex West Country Private collection
Welsh gold has been mined since Roman times and is easily extracted as it is found in seams or lodes like coal, and can yield up to 30 ounces per ton. The Gwynfynydd gold mine in Dolgellau opened in the 1860’s and has recently been restored to full production. It has proved to be one of the richest gold mines in Britain with a recorded output of 2000 ounces of fine gold since 1884. Traditionally the British Royal family’s wedding rings are always made from Welsh gold, which unlike any other has a distinctive reddish tint.