Glencore saw the heaviest fall of the group with a fall of 4.98% to £2.77 (US$3).
The miner and trader had managed to avoid the global markets rout after Christmas that saw major indices mark the worst annual decline in a decade, only to be hit on the first trading day of 2019.
Rio Tinto was better than the rest, but still fell 3.17% to £36.
BHP and Rio also fell in Australia.
The big Canadian miners and developers did well over the Christmas break.
Ivanhoe led the pack with an 11.8% gain between December 24 and New Year's Eve, up to C$2.37 (US$1.74).
On London's AIM boards, Kodal Minerals led the way for the mining companies with a gain of over 13%, to 0.14p.