RNC Minerals has discovered multiple occurrences of exceptionally high-grade, coarse gold at its Beta Hunt gold-nickel mine south of Kambalda, Western Australia. Mining has been ongoing at Beta Hunt for 45 years by several different operators. RNC’s discoveries have been below previously mined levels that were not subjected to exploration drilling by earlier operators.
RNC released information about its discoveries over a period of weeks beginning September 9. During the week prior to September 9, approximately 9,250 ounces (oz) of high-grade gold was produced from a 44-m3 cut, 130 metric tons (mt), on 15 level at the Beta Hunt mine, a grade of more than 70 oz/mt. Large specimen stones included a 95-kg stone with an estimated gold content of 2,440 oz and a 63-kg stone with an estimated gold content of 1,620 oz. All of the high-grade, coarse gold was hand-picked and immediately sent to the Perth Mint.
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