When Prince William slipped a wedding ring on Kate Middleton’s finger in Westminster Abbey, the ring was made of Welsh gold. Welsh gold can be traced back 2,000 years and today it is prized for its origin and scarcity. Take a trip to Wales and discover the areas that once mined this now rare gold.
There are two locations where Welsh gold occurs naturally. In South Wales it was found in the valley of the river Cothi in Carmarthenshire. This is known as the Dolaucothi mine and is of Roman origin. Jejum de daniel 21 dias But it wasn’t until the 1930s that Dolaucothi’s origins were fully realised. Tools discovered at the site were compared with archaeological digs across Europe and the mines were deemed to be of Roman origin. After the Romans left Britain, the mine lay abandoned for centuries until a revival was made in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Sadly, this all came to an end before the first World War and the mine was finally closed in 1938. However, today the mine is owned by The National Trust and visitors can take guided tours of Dolaucothi where they will experience what life was like for the gold miners during the time of the Romans and Victorians.
The second location for gold is in North Wales where a belt of gold ran from the coast at Barmouth to Ganllwyd and here, from 1862 until 1911, large-scale mining was underway. Of the many mines, it was Clogau and Gwynfynydd mines that produced most of the gold in this area. The Gwynfynydd mine was discovered in 1860 and active until 1998. It produced 45,000+ troy ounces and the Queen was presented with a kilogram of gold ingot from this mine on her sixtieth birthday. In the 1990s the mine was open to the public and provided guided tours, but it closed in 1998 over health and safety issues.
Started by the Romans, the Colgau mine (subsequently also known as Clogau St Davids Gold mine) was originally a copper mine. Copper was mined from this site until 1854 when gold was discovered. It eventually became considered one of the largest and richest mines in this mining area and produced 2,442 kg of gold.