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It is because gold is soft and most malleable metal and can be made into very thin sheets.
Rutherford experiment consisted of bombardment of Alpha particles at the sheet of any substance.So, he wanted a sheet as thin as possible and gold foil was the most suitable choice for it. :):):) hope this helps
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