Silver also rose sharply by Rs 1,600 to Rs 38,400 per kg on increased offtake by industrial units and coin makers.

A fall in rupee value against the US dollar and increased buying by jewellers and retailers amid ongoing wedding season lifted prices of the precious metal, bullion traders said. A cheaper rupee makes imports of the metal costlier.

The rupee was trading weak at 62.05 against US dollar at the forex market. Gold surged over USD 28 to a six-week high of USD 1,238.32 an ounce in New York yesterday as weakening of the dollar and retreat in global equities raised demand for the bullion as an alternative investment.

Silver also surged 5.2 per cent to USD 17.12 an ounce in New York yesterday. In Delhi, gold of 99.9 and 99.5 per cent purity zoomed up by Rs 650 each to Rs 27,470 and Rs 27,270 per ten grams respectively. It had gained Rs 170 yesterday.

Sovereign traded Rs 100 higher at Rs 23,800 per piece of eight gram.
Following gold, silver ready spurted by Rs 1,600 to Rs 38,400 per kg and weekly-based delivery by Rs 1,815 to Rs 38,615 per kg.

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

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