Lanarkite and Leadhillite (Type Locality) with Pyromorphite

Susanna Mine, Leadhills, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Miniature, 5.3 x 4.5 x 3.1 cm
Start Time: 12/03/2009 6:30:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 12/10/2009 6:30:00 pm (CST)
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Item Description

The historic Susanna Mine of Scotland is the Type Locality for both lanarkite and leadhillite and this old-timer is a superb example of both species. A deep, 2.0 x 1.8 cm vug is filled with very large parallel-growth plates of colorless to yellow-tinted lanarkite crystals to 1.1 cm. Scattered on the lanarkite and on the walls of the vug are tiny, coloress leadhillite prisms to 2 mm. The matrix is very noteworthy, being a combination of multiple varieties of pyromorphite, from gemmy, dark green to lighter green, massive galena - and possibly other rarities such as anglesite. Lanarkite and leadhillite were both discovered in 1832 and this outstanding, rich, old-timer certainly dates to that era as its been in a garage for 40 years now (during some recent recovery exploration here). Ex Dennis Mullane Collection and comes with an old Burminco label from the 1950s or 1960s. Valued within an admittedly small market, retail at shows, at $1500 or more for rarity, very large crystals and associaton. I have seen less quality, for prices in euros and pounds that would translate to $2000 and more, regularly at shows. this is an OUTSTANDING chance to own a great rarity at a fair price.

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