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Welcome to The Mining Exchange Gold Shop website

Welcome to the Australian Native Gold Pty Ltd site for the world famous Ballarat award winning business, “The Mining Exchange Gold Shop”.

We were the first to create a web site for gold nuggets in early 1993, and The Mining Exchange Gold Shop has been open and successfully helping people with their golden needs from all over the world for more than 10 years. The nuggets we offer and the gold nugget jewellery we manufacture locally are spread through out the world. Please feel free to enter our web site, or do like tens of thousands of people have, and call into The Mining Exchange Gold Shop at the front of the Historic Mining Exchange building in the heart of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.

177 Ounce Nugget Found In Ballarat

117 Ounce Nugget Story of the find117 Ounce Nugget117 Ounce Nugget - Widescreen and Audio

Have you heard about the 177 troy oz. gold nugget (5,505 grams - 5.5kgs)  found by a prospector with a hand held metal detector near Ballarat, Victoria, Australia on January 16, 2013.

We would like to thank every one from around the world for their expressions of interest in purchasing this nugget, we have received many genuinely good offers. This magnificent, 177 ounce natural nugget is officially Sold.

View the story of finding the 177 ounce 5.5 kg gold nugget

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Intoducing Garrett ATX Extreme Pulse Induction

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Garrett ATX Extreme Pulse Induction Detector

The Garrett ATX is the ultimate multi-frequency detector for all terrains and extreme conditions (highly mineralized ground, saltwater, etc.). It features advanced pulse induction technology, a durable design that meets military specifications, and a new DD coil design for extreme and uniform sensitivity - from tiny gold pieces to larger gold nuggets. The ATX is ideal for gold prospecting, relic hunting in highly mineralized soils, shallow water coin and jewelry hunting, and even for industrial applications. The ATX includes Motion and Non-Motion Modes, Advanced Ground Balance, LED signal strength indicator, Iron Check, and much more. 

The ATX provides maximum detection on all targets at the same time. No need to switch modes to enhance detection of one target while degrading another.

The ATX can be operated with its stem fully extended, fully collapsed, or anywhere in between.

The Searchcoil can also be locked in 90° orientations to scan embankments or walls.

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- Maximum Detection on all targets at the same time. No need to switch modes to enhance detection of one target while degrading another.

- Advanced Ground Balance: has wide range to ground balance from heavily mineralized ground (ironstone) to saltwater without switching to special modes.

- Exclusive Design DD Searchcoil: enhances detection of small items without having to slow down the scanning speed of the coil.

- Motion and Non-Motion Modes: provides optimum performance based on your hunting preference and conditions.

- Fully Collapsible: the ATX can be operated with its stem fully extended, fully collapsed, or anywhere in between.

- Quick Iron Check feature and adjustable DiscriminationGarrett ATX Australian Field Testing

- NEW Garrett 10" x 12" DD Searchcoil



Circuit Type Advanced Pulse Indication
Discrimination Adjustable, 25 settings
Search Modes 2: Motion and Non Motion
Ground Balance Range From ferrous ground (ironstone) to saltwater
Audio Threshold Adjustable, 25 settings
Detection Frequency 730 pulses per second, adjustable
Submersion Depth 10 feet (3m)
Sensitivity/Depth Adjustments 13
Electronic Pinpointing YES
Quick Iron Check YES
Standard Land Headphones Included: weight 16 oz. (0.45 kgs.)
Standard Searchcoil 10" x 12" DD PROformance
Length (Adjustable) 20" to 68" (0.51m - 1.72m)
Total Weight 5.5 lbs (2.5 kgs)
Batteries 8 AA (included); rechargeables also included
Warranty 2 Year, Limited Parts/Labour


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New Nuggets Online Now

New Nuggets

Cordell has just finalised a new range of stock and they are now listed on the website.

There have been over 50 new Nuggets, Specimem Nugget and Crystals added and show the fantastic range available at The Gold Shop. If you have any question please contact Cordell or the girls at the shop. We hope you enjoy our new nuggets.



"The Golden Globe"

The Gold Shop Globe

So you have seen the image of the gold nugget globe that I (Cordell Kent) made using a state of the art LaserStar welder. This globe was made as a test of the ability of the Laser welder to work with a difficult medium, to make a difficult shape, using space age technology. The effect is nothing short of stunning. Most people look at the nugget globe and see a roughly round shape, made from natural gold nuggets. Few people think about how difficult this was to make, and the technology that was used to make it.
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The Southern Cross, nugget pendant.

The Southern Cross

I have made a solid 9 ct yellow gold cross, with 5 natural gold nuggets in the form of the star constellation known as the “Southern Cross.”

To the early gold miners on the Ballarat goldfields the Southern Cross constellation was unique as it can not be seen from the countries they had mostly come from. It reminded them that they were in a new country and that this country was full of hopes for freedom and wealth. Read more about the Southern Cross Pendant