Washington, D.C. 20549
Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
(Amendment No.7)*
Randgold Resources Ltd. (ADR)

(Name of Issuer) 


(Title of Class of Securities)


 (CUSIP Number)

December 31, 2016 - Year End Filing 

 (Date of Event Which Requires Filing of this Statement)
Check the appropriate box to designate the rule pursuant to which this Schedule is filed:
[X] Rule 13d-1(b)
[   ] Rule 13d-1(c)
[   ] Rule 13d-1(d)
*The remainder of this cover page shall be filled out for a reporting person's initial filing on this form with respect to the subject class of securities, and for any subsequent amendment containing information which would alter the disclosures provided in a prior cover page.
The information required in the remainder of this cover page shall not be deemed to be "filed" for the purpose of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 ("Act") or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section of the Act but shall be subject to all other provisions of the Act (however, see the Notes). 
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CUSIP No.           752344309

Names of Reporting Persons 
I.R.S. Identification Nos. of above persons (entities only) 
Van Eck Associates Corporation  
666 Third Ave.- 9th Fl, New York, New York 10017 

Check the Appropriate Box if a Member of a Group (See Instructions) 

SEC Use Only 

Citizenship or Place of Organization:       Delaware

Number of
Owned by
Person With 
Sole Voting Power 
6,570,900 common shares 
Shared Voting Power 
Sole Dispositive Power 
6,604,400 common shares 
Shared Dispositive Power 

Aggregate Amount Beneficially Owned by Each Reporting Person 6,604,400 Common Shares are held within mutual funds and other client accounts managed by Van Eck Associates Corporation, one of which owns more than 5% of the outstanding shares. 

Check if the Aggregate Amount in Row (9) Excludes Certain Shares (See Instructions)      N/A 

Percent of Class Represented by Amount in Row (9)      7.03% 

Type of Reporting Person (See Instructions)       IA
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Item 1. (a)
Name of Issuer
Randgold Resources Ltd. (ADR)
Item 1. (b)
Address of Issuer's Principal Executive Offices
3rd Floor, Unity Chambers, 28 Halkett St. St Helier, Jersey JE2 4WJ, Channel Islands
Item 2. (a)
Name of Person Filing
Van Eck Associates Corporation
Item 2. (b)
Address of Principal Business Office or, if none, Residence
666 Third Ave. - 9th Fl, New York, New York 10017 
Item 2. (c)
Citizenship or Place of Organization:
Item 2. (d)
Title of Class of Securities
Common Shares 
Item 2. (e)
CUSIP Number
Not Applicable 
Item 3.
If this statement is filed pursuant to Rule 13d-1(b) or 13d-2(b) or (c), check whether the person filing is a:
 [   ] 
Broker or dealer registered under section 15 of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78o). 
 [   ] 
Bank as defined in section 3(a)(6) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78c). 
 [   ] 
Insurance company as defined in section 3(a)(19) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78c). 
 [   ] 
Investment company registered under section 8 of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C 80a-8). 
An investment adviser in accordance with Rule 13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(E); 
 [   ] 
An employee benefit plan or endowment fund in accordance with Rule 13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(F);
 [   ] 
A parent holding company or control person in accordance with Rule 13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(G); 
 [   ] 
A savings associations as defined in Section 3(b) of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act (12 U.S.C. 1813); 
 [   ] 
A church plan that is excluded from the definition of an investment company under section 3(c)(14) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a-3);
 [   ] 
Group, in accordance with Rule 13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(J).
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Item 4.
Amount beneficially owned: 6,604,400 Common Shares 
Percent of class: 7.03% 
Number of shares as to which the person has: 
Sole power to vote or to direct the vote      6,570,900 Common Shares 
Shared power to vote or to direct the vote      None 
Sole power to dispose or to direct the disposition of  6,604,400 Common Shares 
Shared power to dispose or to direct the disposition of      None 
Item 5.
Ownership of Five Percent or Less of a Class
If this statement is being filed to report the fact that as of the date hereof the reporting person has ceased to be the beneficial owner of more than five percent of the class of securities, check the following:
[ ]
Item 6.
Ownership of More than Five Percent on Behalf of Another Person.
The VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF, an investment company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, has the right to receive dividends from, and the proceeds from the sale of 5,526,717 of the shares reported by Van Eck Associates Corp.
Item 7.
Identification and Classification of the Subsidiary Which Acquired the Security Being Reported on By the Parent Holding Company
Not applicable. 
Item 8.
Identification and Classification of Members of the Group
Not applicable. 
Item 9.
Notice of Dissolution of Group
Not applicable. 
Item 10.
By signing below I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, the securities referred to above were not acquired and are not held for the purpose of or with the effect of changing or influencing the control of the issuer of the securities and were not acquired and are not held in connection with or as a participant in any transaction having that purpose or effect. 
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After reasonable inquiry and to the best of my knowledge and belief, I certify that the information set forth in this statement is true, complete and correct.
February 8, 2017
/S/ James L. Parker

James L. Parker, Assistant Treasurer


The original statement shall be signed by each person on whose behalf the statement is filed or his authorized representative. If the statement is signed on behalf of a person by his authorized representative other than an executive officer or general partner of the filing person, evidence of the representative's authority to sign on behalf of such person shall be filed with the statement, provided, however, that a power of attorney for this purpose which is already on file with the Commission may be incorporated by reference. The name and any title of each person who signs the statement shall be typed or printed beneath this signature. 
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