Gold Mining in Wales

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Gold

Welsh gold is known to have been mined by the Romans. Welsh gold, which is mined by hand, lies in a band stretching from Barmouth, past Dolgellau and up towards Snowdonia

Welsh Gold was mined by early man because it could be easily extracted from the rock. Unlike South African gold, which is mixed in with the rock and yields just a quarter of an ounce for every tonne mined, pure Welsh gold forms in seams, like coal, which have been known to yield up to 30 ounces per ton.

Gold jewellery like torcs were worn by early Welsh princes as a badge of rank and the tradition is echoed today with this gold being used to make the wedding rings of a number of Royal brides

There are three gold mines in Wales today

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