Rare gold specimens unearthed at WA mine compared to ‘finding a needle in a haystack’ – by Jarrod Lucas (Australian Broadcasting Corporation – June 5, 2019)


They say lightning never strikes twice, but spectacular gold specimens have been unearthed at a Western Australian gold mine for the second time in nine months.

Another pocket of rare visible gold has been discovered at the Beta Hunt mine near the historic mining town of Kambalda, 630 kilometres east of Perth.

Underground miners have recovered an estimated 987 ounces of coarse gold in 238 kilograms of rock since Saturday — worth about $1.9 million at today’s gold price.

The Beta Hunt mine made international headlines last year after some of the biggest specimens ever seen were unearthed about 500 metres below the surface — the largest weighing in at 94 kilograms.

Becoming a ‘bit of a regular occurrence’

So far, the new gold pocket is not as rich as the lounge room-sized area which was called the Father’s Day Vein, named after the day it was found last September. Last year’s motherlode produced more than 27,000 ounces — the equivalent of about 760 kilograms of gold — which made Canadian miner RNC Minerals more than $40 million and saved the mine from closing.

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