Gold with Hessite and Kutnahorite (ex Rich Kosnar Collection)

D Level, Little Mary Vein, Sunnyside Mine, San Juan County, Colorado
Miniature, 4.0 x 3.3 x 2.7 cm
Start Time: 11/12/2009 6:45:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 11/19/2009 6:48:28 pm (CST)
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Item Description

A classic Gold specimen from the famous Sunnyside mine in the renowned San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado. This piece features a predominant, rather unusual complex crystal (highly modified dodecahedron with octahedral faces) of Gold with excellent luster and a bright color associated with massive black-grey Hessite and pale pinkish color Kutnahorite on white Quartz matrix. The Hessite on the specimen was analyzed by Gene Food in the early 1980s. The piece is from the famed Colorado Gold collection of Richard A. Kosnar, and his label accompanies the piece. According to the label, the piece was mined in 1978, and Rich purchased the piece in 1983 after the Sunnyside Mine was shut down for over a year when Lake Emma collapsed and flooded the entire mine from the top down! A great Gold specimen from this now defunct, but highly signficant Colorado Gold mine!

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