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Gold With Malachite & Chalcopyrite

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Gold With Malachite & Chalcopyrite

Ex Lehnen collection, Möchgengladbach, Germany
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Description
Locality: 
Waschgang Mine, Kluidscharte, Kleine Zirknitz Valley, Hohe Tauern, Carinthia, Austria
Class: 
Crystals on Matrix
Size Range: 
Small miniature (3-4.5 cm)
Size: 
2 × 3.8 × 2 cm
Weight: 
22.00gr
Description

The specimen features a little vug lined with minute, acicular  malachite crystals and a crystalline gold speck between the malachite. Very beautiful under a loupe. The matrix is massive ore with portions of chalcopyrite (see pics 6&7)

The locality was once an important historic gold mining area, located just north of the Kluidscharte at an alt. between 2460-2490 m. Mining started as early as in the 17th century.

Mineral Data
What's on the rock

Gold

Formula: 
Au
Strunz: 
1.AA.05
Crystal System: 
Isometric
Hardness: 
2.5 - 3.0

Malachite

Formula: 
Cu2(CO3)(OH)2
Strunz: 
5.BA.10
Crystal System: 
Monoclinic
Hardness: 
3.5 - 4.0

Chalcopyrite

Formula: 
CuFeS2
Strunz: 
2.CB.10a
Crystal System: 
Tetragonal
Hardness: 
3.5 - 4.0

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