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To order a mineral give the mineral name and the number of the specimen(s) you wish to purchase. You will receive that exact specimen.  Satisfaction is guaranteed.  If you are unhappy with any specimen, please let me know within 5 days after your shipment arrives, that you are returning a specimen(s) for full refund with no questions asked.  I only ask that all specimens returned are in the same condition upon return as when shipped. 

 
 
 

Native Antimony

Specimen # 1800

Lac Nicolet Mine, Quebec
Canada

2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm

$ 20



This is a glistening, silver, metallic specimen of native antimony ore; from this pick you might think it looks like chalk, it actually is a collection of silver particles and quite nice; click on the image to get a little closer ; click on the specimen to enlarge by 4 times
 
 
 

Bornite on Native Silver

Specimen # 1801

San Martin Mine, Zacatecas
Mexico

6.5 x 4 cm

$ 30

Bluish-black ore covering thin sheets of nearly pure silver; very impressive specimen
 
 
 

Bornite with Covellite and Chalcopyrite

Specimen # 1802

Magma Mine, 3600' level, Superior
Pinal County, Arizona

10 x 7 x 3 cm

$ 45

This is a bright bluish-purple metallic ore; most specimens have pyrite inclusions

Bornite

Specimen # 1803

Kelly Mine, Butte
Silver Bow County, Montana

5 x 4 x 3.5 cm

$ 10


Gray to blue solid metallic specimens collected in the deep mines of Butte when the mines were still active; this specimen has a sawed flat surface for displaying
 
 

Bornite

Specimen # 1804

San Martin, Zacatecas, Mexico

8 x 7.5 x 6 cm

$ 20


Attractive multicolored specimen
collected by M. Rheinlander in 1997


on hold
 




Bornite

Specimen # 1804

a close surface view of the above specimen



 

Chalcopyrite with Magnetite and Bornite

Specimen # 1835

Ertsberg Mine, Indonesia

4 x 4 x 3.5 cm

$ 45

Collected in 1998 at 11,000 feet
 


Chalcopyrite with Magnetite and Bornite

Specimen # 1835

A closer view of the specimen
   

Cobaltite with Smaltite

Specimen # 1806

Cobalt, Ontario, Canada

7 x 4.5 x 1.5 cm

$ 25


Cobaltite is a sulfosalt mineral composed of cobalt, arsenic, and sulfur compounds to make the formula CoAsS
  
 
 
 

Cobaltite with Smaltite

Specimen # 1806


a closer view of the specimen above
   

Copper on Black Shale

Specimen # 1807

White Pine Mine, Ontonagan County,
Michigan

6.5 x 5 x .2 and 4 x 4 x .2 cm

$ 24

This specimen consists of two pieces; there is a nice, sharp contrast between the bright copper and the black shale

 These pieces were found originally in the pictured position.
 
 

Copper 

Specimen # 1808

Chino Pit, New Mexico

9 x 3.5 x 0.25 cm

$ 25

A fairly flat , but 3D piece of native copper with a little rock matrix
 
 
 

Native Copper 

Specimen # 1809

Ray Mine, Arizona

6.5 x 5 x 1 cm,  103.1 grams

$ 55

A clean 3D piece of native copper with virtually no matrix

 



Native Copper 

Specimen # 1809

Another view with a change in light source


   

Native Copper

Specimen # 1810

Caledonia Mine, Ontonagon County Michigan

7.5 x 5 x 1.5 cm, 85.3 grams

$ 35


This copper is very bright and has slight reddish coloration
 
 
 

Native Copper

Specimen # 1811

Mohawk Mine, Michigan

9 x 6 x 1.5 cm      178.9 grams

$ 55

This specimen is a dense native copper with a natural blue- green to gray rock matrix
 
 
 


Native Copper

Specimen # 1831

Mohawk Mine, Michigan

5.5 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm      59 grams

$ 30

Another native copper specimen from the Mohawk Mine mixed with an interesting natural mostly white hardrock matrix


   

Copper Float 

Specimen # 1812

 Michigan, Upper Peninsula

7.5 x 6.5 x 6 cm

$ 45

These are found scattered over a wide area of Wisconsin and Michigan


This is  a piece of copper dropped by a glacier; the copper has been exposed and polished; the unaltered surface is a bright green; the specimen has a sawed flat bottom covered
with a layer of cork
 
 
 

Phlogopite and Molybdenite

Specimen # 1813

Questa Mine, Taos County, New Mexico


8 x 7.5 x 6 cm

$45

On the top of this specimen is a pocket of Phlogopite crystals

 

 

 Phlogopite and Molybdenite

Specimen # 1813

On the lower aspect of this specimen are more Phllogopite crystals and some flashing silver Molybdenite crystals
   

Copper Arsenides (mainly algodonite) in calcite

[XRD verified at Michigan Tech University]

Specimen # 1814

Pancake Bay, Lake Superior
North of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

8 x 5 x 1 cm

$ 195

This is a thick rock slice through calcite and host rock with embedded copper arsenides

 

 

Copper Arsenides (mainly algodonite)
in calcite
[XRD verified at Michigan Tech University]

Specimen # 1815

Pancake Bay, Lake Superior, North of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

9.5 x 8 x 1 cm

$ 149

This is a thick rock slice through calcite and host rock with embedded copper arsenides
 
 
 
 

 Covellite

Specimen # 1816

Little Annie Vein, Summitville, Rio Grande County, Colorado

6 x 6 x 2 cm

$ 65


Typical Covellite with fine blues, golds, on white matrix; a very attractive but rare ore specimen;   fracture lines are common is this material




Covellite

Specimen # 1816



A closer side view of the specimen above showing various exposed Covellite in the specimen.  

During the last 3 days the original mine was open, miners were encouraged to collect as many specimens as they wanted.  

   

Gold Ore

Specimen # 1817

Homestake Mine, Lead, South Dakota

5 cm across, 1.5 cm thick core section

$ 40

All the flecks in the specimen are native gold. 

The slight bevel on one edge is due to the chipping on one edge when the core is cut by a diamond saw blade.

Also available:  a smaller 2.5 cm circular core sections, $ 5; request one of these free with any order

Reference: see the photographs in USGS Professional Paper 26
 
 
 

Gold Mine Ore

Specimen # 1818

 Sunnyside Gold Mine,
Eureka, San Juan County, Colorado


7.5 x 5.5 x 4.5 cm

$ 30

Specimen consists of quartz, gold, pyrite, chalcopyrite, galena, and sphalerite in matrix


 
 
Gold Mine Ore 

Specimen # 1819

Sunnyside Gold Mine,
Eureka, San Juan County, Colorado

6 x 5 x 4 cm


$ 100

A fine specimen of quartz,  pyrite, chalcopyrite, gold, galena, and sphalerite on/in rock matrix 
 
 


Gold Mine Ore 

Specimen # 1819



A closer view of the specimen above showing the ore clearly exposed on the surface of the specimen.  The white quartz background makes the specimen quite attractive.


   

Gold Mine Ore 


Specimen # 1832

Sunnyside Gold Mine,
Eureka, San Juan County, Colorado

9 x  6 x 2.5 cm

$ 20

Specimen has a cut surface which exposes the ore inside the rock.  When you tip the specimen in the light the x.s. through the ore crystals are very apparent

 




Gold Mine Ore 

Specimen # 1832


A close-up view of the specimen above  showing the both the ore and some Rhodonite in the specimen which is common in ore samples from this location. 



   




Gold Mine Ore 

Specimen # 1833

Sunnyside Gold Mine,
Eureka, San Juan County, Colorado


14 x 13 x 6 cm      1496 grams

$ 50

A nice specimen with massive Rhodonite. Rhodonite was common in Silverton and Ouray area ore.

   

Gold Mine Ore 

Specimen # 1833

A close-up view of the specimen above showing the Rhodonite and exposed ore.  This specimen has a cut flat base for good display.



   

Pyrite / Gold ore in matrix

Specimen # 1820

Haile Mine, 3 ½ miles northeast of Kershaw, Lancaster County
South Carolina

6 x 4 x 3 cm

$  75

Massive sulfide deposits containing pyrite/gold which are embedded in white to cream or gray colored shists

Price determined by the number of  sulphides and/or metallic inclusions on the surface of the host rock; not assayed; this mine is now back in operation again
 

 
 

Pyrite / Gold ore in matrix

Specimen # 1821

Haile Mine, 3 ½ miles northeast of Kershaw, Lancaster County
South Carolina

6.5 x 6 x 1.5 cm

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Close up of another Haile Mine  specimen

as above showing  the metal content
of the host rock; this is the actual color of
the specimen (gray to yellow)

 
 

Pyrite / Gold ore in matrix

Specimen # 1822

Haile Mine, 3 ½ miles northeast of Kershaw, Lancaster County
South Carolina

5 x 2.5 x 1 cm

$ 35

 Another Haile Mine specimen
 showing the color of the schist host rock;
the surface of the specimen is covered with pyrites / gold crystals  

 
 


Pyrite / Gold ore in matrix

Specimen # 1834

Haile Mine, 3 ½ miles northeast of Kershaw, Lancaster County
South Carolina

10 x 4.5  4 cm


$ 55




   



Pyrite / Gold ore in matrix

Specimen # 1831


A closer view showing pyrite and gold everywhere on/in the quartz-sericite schist rock




   


Graphite

Specimen # 1823

La Colorado, Sonora, Mexico

5.5 x 5 x 0.5 cm

$ 20

Silver, metallic, specimen of pure graphite
 
 
 

Heubnerite

Specimen # 1824

Adams Mine, Silverton, San Juan County, Colorado

3.5 x 3 x 3 cm

$ 30

Typical Heubnerite with brown-gold-black glistening metallic crystals on matrix
 
 
 
 

 Mohawkite

Specimen # 1825

Mowawk-Ahmeek Area, Keweenaw County, Michigan

8 x 6.5 x 2 cm
;  just over 400 grams

$ 75

Silver and copper colored metallic rock composed of copper arsenides containing cobalt, silver, nickel and iron which were apparently dropped by the glaciers (they
usually have one flat side); many have
a white internal quartz matrix
 
 
 

 Molybdenite on Calcite

Specimen # 1826

Questa, Taos County,
New Mexico USA


9 x 6 x 3 cm


$ 40


Thumb-nail specimens are small pieces of pure moly ore; larger specimens are silver metallic ore on matrix; some specimens with phlogophite crystals 
 
 

Molybdenite 

Specimen # 1827

Jardinera # 1 Mine, Inca de Oro, Chile

5.5 x 4.5 x 2.5 cm

$ 40

Silver metallic specimen, some on a green matrix, collected in 1994
 
 
 



Molybdenite 

Specimen # 1827


another view of the side of the above specimen



   

Molybdenite 

Specimen # 1828

Santa Ana de Yecora, Sonora, Mexico

5.5 x 4.5 x 1.5 cm

$ 20


Molybdenite covers most of the surface of this rock which also has
malachite and pyrite; it  was collected in 1999 
 
 
 
 
Molybdenite

Specimen # 1829

Cadillac Mine,
Lac Preissac, Quebec, Canada

8 x 6 x 4.5 cm

$ 45


This specimen is very impressive with the stark contrast of silver ore on white quartz
 

 
 



Molybdenite

Specimen # 1829


A closer view of the specimen above
   

 Silver - Lead Ore

Specimen # 1830

War Eagle Mine
Tecopa, California

6 x 5 x 6 cm

$ 35

Galena, pyrite, sphalerite, and associated minerals

 


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