The spot gold price took its worst monthly tumble in November for 35 years, continuing the precious metal's steady decline in 2013.
As of Friday afternoon GMT, spot gold showed a decrease of around 5.5 percent for November. A price fall of such magnitude hasn't been seen in November since 1978, according to data from the World Gold Council, when prices plunged 20 percent.
"Gold's topsy-turvy year rolls on," Adrian Ash, head of research at BullionVault, said in a research note on Friday. "Thanks to the surging stock market, now at 6-year highs worldwide, there have been worse years for gold prices. But not many. By our maths, in fact, only two."