Minium (classic locale) Chet Lemanski Coll.

Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia
Small Cabinet, 8.1 x 5.9 x 4.8 cm
Start Time: 09/11/2020 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 09/17/2020 6:50:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed
Winning Bidder: Private Bidder

Item Description

Minium is an uncommon lead oxide. This striking very colorful, sculptural and hefty reddish-orange specimen is solid minium and is from the famed Broken Hill deposit. The impressive granular to brecciated specimen is pseudomorphs after cerussite and galena. You can see a few tiny glassy cerussite fragments on the piece. Minium formed during extensive mine fires in the late 1800s and early 1900s and is as such, a post-mining occurrence. It's status as a true mineral is in doubt. Regardless, this is an extremely rich and colorful solid specimen of the species from this renowned locale. See the classic and definitive 1982 coffee table book on the deposit "Minerals of Broken Hill". Mass is a hefty 428 grams or nearly a pound - this is a rich, rare, old specimen of this strange species! Valued $1000-ish. Ex Chester Lemanski Collection. We just acquired his large collection. Read about Chester at his Home Page: