Is this part of 1.16 now that ores spawn relatively near on the surface? I just started the world like fifteen minutes ago and found a mineshaft on the surface which also included a piece of gold in it.
That is not new, it is just a characteristic of badlands (mesa) biomes. Loads of gold and plenty of surface mineshafts.
yeah this one is from an older update i don't remember witch one but it was before they change the biomes names back when badlands was called mesa they increased the gold spawn ore to that biome