- A 95 kg quartz rock containing almost 70kg of gold — worth almost $3 million— has been dug up in Western Australia.
- A second stone weighed 63kg and had 46kg of gold.
- RNC Minerals says the specimens are believed to be some of the biggest in mining history.
A Canadian mining company has hit a rich seam of gold-bearing rocks in Western Australia, believed to be some of the biggest in mining history, and worth $10.7 million.
RNC Minerals says its Beta Hunt Mine in WA's Goldfields produced 262kg of high grade gold from 130 tonnes, dug from deep underground over one week.
The gold includes 190kg of gold-veined quartz rock. The largest rock weighs 95kg and has an estimated gold content of 70kg, worth almost $3 million. A second is 63kg, with an estimated gold content of 46kg, valued at $1.9 million.
Most mines dig out gold as flecks, barely visible to the eye. All of the high grade coarse gold found in Beta Hunt Mine was hand-picked and immediately sent to the Perth Mint.
Mark Selby, President and CEO of RNC, says recovering 262kg of high grade coarse gold from a single cut, including specimens which could rank among the largest ever discovered, underlines the importance of the discovery:
"These discoveries highlight the high-grade gold potential of Beta Hunt," he said.
RNC is a multi-asset mineral resource company with a portfolio of nickel, cobalt, and gold production and exploration properties.
Here are more images of the gold-bearing rocks: