davethebuilder
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September 27th, 2018 at 6:03:38 PM permalink
The Hand of Faith is a 27kg gold nugget that was found in Central Victoria, Australia in 1980 and sold to Steve Wynn, who travelled to Australia to collect it. It stood at the entrance of the Golden Nugget Casino in Las Vegas for many years but has since been removed. It was and still is the largest gold nugget found with a hand held metal detector in the world.

Does anyone know what happened to it and/or its the current whereabouts?
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September 27th, 2018 at 6:09:00 PM permalink
The GN operates more than one hotel/casino (it's actually owned by Landry's, a resteraunt holding company). It bounces around from one casino to their next. The displays usually have a fake one in their display when the real one is in another casino.
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September 27th, 2018 at 6:14:37 PM permalink
https://www.goldennugget.com/las-vegas/casino/hand-of-faith/
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...And, what better place to admire it than the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Biloxi?

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September 27th, 2018 at 6:41:16 PM permalink
Interesting somebody brings this up. I wandered into the AAA Coin & Jewelry store on Monday and they had what looked like the Hand of Faith on the shelf. I asked the owner about it and he said that Steve Wynn had several replicas made for hist best high rollers, when he ran the Golden Nugget and one ended up in his store. It does look exactly like the one in the Golden Nugget now. I didn't bother to ask about a price, but might have in my more financially endowed days.

I don't know anything about where the real one is, but this does somewhat confirm the theory of their being replicas floating around.
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September 27th, 2018 at 6:49:56 PM permalink
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didn't bother to ask about a price, but might have in my more financially endowed days.



Huh?

None of my business but I just assumed that when you sold this site for a couple million dollars that it became your financial high point?
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September 27th, 2018 at 7:13:04 PM permalink
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None of my business but I just assumed that when you sold this site for a couple million dollars that it became your financial high point?



Why don't we take this to PM, if you really care.
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September 27th, 2018 at 9:14:25 PM permalink
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Interesting somebody brings this up. I wandered into the AAA Coin & Jewelry store on Monday and they had what looked like the Hand of Faith on the shelf. I asked the owner about it...



Does this mean you’re going to be on “Pawn Stars”? I didn’t think Rick was involved in day to day counter work at the store anymore.
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davethebuilder
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September 27th, 2018 at 10:32:47 PM permalink
If copies have been made then that explains why I had been receiving conflicting stories about where it is. By all accounts it appears the genuine one is in Biloxi, MS, at least for now.
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September 28th, 2018 at 2:32:10 PM permalink
I'm actually going to be going to the Vegas GN next week. Maybe I'll ask them. Do.the members here actually read the trip reports?
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September 28th, 2018 at 2:35:57 PM permalink
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Does this mean you’re going to be on “Pawn Stars”? I didn’t think Rick was involved in day to day counter work at the store anymore.



That's not the store on Pawn Stars. It's a little store off of Fremont Street, next to the beef jerky store. Quirky little place. The owner is a nice guy.
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