Nagyagite (Type Locality - old) Whitmore Coll.

Sacarimb (Nagyag), Hunedoara Co., Romania
Miniature, 5.1 x 4.1 x 2.7 cm
Start Time: 04/15/2011 7:00:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 04/21/2011 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

Nagyagite, a rare lead, gold, tellurium, antimony sulfosalt, was first described from this ancient locality in 1845. Two, beautifully iridescent, lamellar crystals to 1.3 cm are very aesthetically set on the quartz matrix. Smaller crystals are scattered about and you can see veins of nagyagite on the sides of the quartz matrix. Specimens from the historic Type Locality are quite rare and this is a very fine and rich example. Ex Robert Whitmore Collection and comes with two, faded labels. The Krantz label dates to 1850 - ca. 1852 and the handwritten label may be older! This specimen is over 160 years old! the price of 5 golden Austro-Hungarian florints was EXPENSIVE in those days!! These were true treasures amng the nobility of the time. Today, valued $750-1000

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