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Published May 11th 2015
Gold, gold and more gold; Ballarat's golden hub
Natural gold nuggets.
Buy Australian gold nuggets from one of our unique gold towns.
So you think the gold rush is over do you? Mankind's fascination with the bright shiny stuff never ceased. Yes really--and the first rushes where the most prominent. The Australian Gold Rush of the 1850's played a major part in the wealth and lively-hood of Australia, and a critical role in our country's development. There was much more easily 'won' gold back then and, the stories of large nuggets lying on the ground brought 100's of ships and thousands of people to our shores. What followed was an exciting and turbulent period in early Australia.

Today a number of active gold mines still work veins deep underground. People roam the country side with metal detectors and still turn up the odd nugget and many you never hear about. Prospecting shops have been operating as viable businesses since the boom of handheld metal detectors as a tool for prospecting, came to be. There is still gold around, and before you run out there with an expensive detector in hand, it can be akin to the chances of winning tattslotto. But with the correct detective work, fossicking can be rewarding.

The Mining Exchange Gold Shop.
The Mining Exchange Gold Shop Ballarat.
Our two major golden cities are Bendigo and Ballarat. Having seen the characters who roam the bush and those who share their finds, knowing first-hand what 'gold fever' feels like give insight into the fever of the past. The Mining Exchange Gold Shop in Ballarat is run by a character who has a firm career in gold. Cordell Kent is a man of many facets, having worked in the military with electronics, he has since been involved with gold for many years. He has a good industry network both locally and overseas.

He is the man to see if you want to sell a nugget, and he buys or can connect you to buyers around the globe for auctioning. Keep in mind that interestingly shaped nuggets and larger specimens can fetch prices of multiples of market value of the gold's weight. You can learn more about gold markets and trading and be well informed.

Professional gold buying and selling services.
Cordell Kent has over 25 years experience and professional gold buying and selling services.
Cordell's specialised knowledge of gold is well attuned and he knows the characteristics of gold so well he could tell you what area a nugget came from. I can't say I have met anyone with such specific and in-depth gold knowledge. For historical research, and coin and relic hunting, Cordell went to the United Kingdom

"To personally see and hold ancient gold crafted my Master Goldsmiths." Such profound experiences we cannot really put a value on. "Attending the museum of Natural History in London— to have a private viewing of natural gold sent back to England from the Colony of Victoria's first 10 years of the gold rush."

To behold such relics is amazing enough, in addition to hold artefacts from the Roman Empire and must have been mind-boggling too. His travels have included a Munich Mineral show, which had the theme `Natural Golds' and `Best of the Best in the World', both together. Some of the pieces he had personally sold and one he had found. Other experiences overseas include panning for gold in Switzerland, and teaching people metal detector skills in Papua New Guinea. His travels include Nevada, California and New Zealand.

Ask about the 177 ounce gold nugget found last year.
Ask about the 177 ounce gold nugget found last year near Ballarat.
Cordell makes the jewellery displayed and sold in the shop. You can also purchase gold nuggets and they are all unique and individual in shape and character. You can find more information about the Mining Exchange Gold Shop here. The most prominent sale recently was the 177 ounce nugget from Ballarat found January 2013. Now that is the most notable nugget since the Hand Of Faith, found by 3 school boys around 1980 and varying opinions suggest it sold for over 1 million AUD.

The professional services which Cordell provides includes personalised certificates of authenticity and valuations for insurance purposes. He collects artefacts from the gold era too.

The gold prospecting equipment for sale includes Garrett metal detectors, pans, maps that explain areas where gold was found and references to nugget sizes and quantities. These maps lead you into the historical side, since a knowledge of the development of the Goldfields also helps when trying to find the stuff. If the bug bites, you will start enjoying grand adventures and find many little towns that will surprise you. I find the the atmosphere in such places alluring and the goldfields a unique and special place that calls to me.

Ballarat has a wide range of attractions and many forms of accommodation. In addition to cafes, restaurants and shops, there are supermarkets and all services you would expect in a sizeable city. If you are looking for a new type of adventure, why not step back in time?

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Why? For the love of gold for investment and adventure.
When: They open 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday, excepting Tuesday when closed and 10am to 330pm Saturday.
Phone: 03 5333 4242
Where: North Ballarat, Victoria.
Cost: Free entry of course.
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