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Silver (large "leaf" on matrix) viewBack to SPECIAL MINERAL AUCTION - $999 RESERVE LIQUIDATION SPECIMENS - ends THURSDAY, March 7, 2019

Imiter Mine, Imiter District, Tinghir Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
  • Starting Time:2/28/2019 06:30:00 PM(CST)
  • Ending Time:3/7/2019 06:45:00 PM(CST)
  • Time Left:Auction Is Closed

  • Size Description:16.7 x 9.8 x 4.3 cm

Description:An inredibly large, three-dimensional and highly aesthetic display specimen of native silver from the famous Imiter Mine in Morocco. These remarkable "leaf" silver specimens are rarer than their wire silver counterparts in my experience, and this one is a gorgeous and showy piece featuring a large, 16.7 cm, flattened sculptural "leaf" of silver dramatically flaring off the underlying host rock matrix. The silver itself is not just a massive "leaf" but actually shows microcrystalline features. There are areas where it has a beautiful bright silvery color, but other areas that show a classic patina. It can be displayed from either side, as they both have something to offer in terms of showiness. Matrix "leaves" are rare from Imiter, and to find such a dramatic and highly displayable specimen is remarkably uncommon. It should be noted that the mercury content of these silver "leaf" specimens actually qualifies them as kongsbergite - a variety of silver with about 5% mercury - though this specific specimen has not been analyzed. A wonderful and impressive specimen that would make a great addition to any suite of silver minerals, large cabinets or Moroccan minerals. Valued at $4,000 in the inventory for noteworthy size and excellent aesthetics. The total weight of the specimen is 356 grams (including the matrix).

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