In line with overall trends, silver also plunged by Rs 1,550 to Rs 37,550 per kg on poor offtake by industrial units and coin makers.

Bullion traders said apart from sluggish demand from jewellers at domestic markets at prevailing levels, a weak trend in global market where gold fell the most in 13 months as signs of a robust US labour market cut demand for safe-haven, mainly pulled down the precious metal prices.

Gold in New York, which normally set price trend on the domestic front, fell by 1.96 percent to USD 1,258.10 an ounce and silver by 5.82 percent to USD 16.92 an ounce in yesterday's trade.

In the national capital, gold of 99.9 and 99.5 percent purity traded lower by Rs 200 each at Rs 28,100 and Rs 27,900 per ten gram respectively. It had lost Rs 120 yesterday.

Sovereign declined by Rs 100 to Rs 23,900 per piece of eight gram. In tandem with gold, silver ready prices fell sharply by Rs 1,550 to Rs 37,550 per kg and weekly based delivery by Rs 1,885 to Rs 37,275 per kg.

Silver coins also dropped by Rs 1,000 to Rs 63,000 for buying and Rs 64,000 for selling of 100 pieces.

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