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World's biggest producers of gold

Last updated on: April 30, 2013 20:22 IST

Image: A sales representative poses behind a nine-tael 24K gold in the shape of a dragon forming the numerals 2012.
Photographs: Bobby Yip/Reuters.

China became the world's largest producer of gold for the sixth straight year even as it remained the second largest consumer of the yellow metal after India.


A total of 171,300 tonnes of gold have been mined in human history, according to GFMS as of 2011.  

The world consumption of new gold produced is about 50% in jewellery, 40% in investments, and 10% in industry.

Take a look at the world's biggest producers of gold according to the US Geological Survey website.

 

China

Rank: 1
           
Gold production: 370 tonnes

 

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World's biggest producers of gold


Photographs: Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters.

Australia

Rank: 2

Gold production: 250 tonnes

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Image: Gold earrings are seen on display at a store in New York.
Photographs: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters.

United States

Rank: 3

Gold production: 230 tonnes

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Photographs: Reuters.

Russia

Rank: 4

Gold production: 205 tonnes

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Photographs: Bobby Yip/Reuters.

South Africa

Rank: 5

Gold production: 170 tonnes

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Image: A shopkeeper poses with gold rings inside a jewellery shop in Taipei.
Photographs: Nicky Loh/Reuters.

Peru

Rank: 6

Gold production: 165 tonnes

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Photographs: Reuters.

Canada

Rank: 7

Gold production: 102 tonnes

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Photographs: Bobby Yip/Reuters.

Indonesia

Rank: 8

Gold production: 95 tonnes

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Photographs: Reuters.

Uzbekistan

Rank: 9

Gold production: 90 tonnes

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Photographs: Reuters.

Ghana

Rank: 10

Gold production: 89 tonnes


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