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D489 - Torbernite $ 120
Unknown
miniature - 4.5 x 4 x 2.5 cm


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Torbernite from Unknown [db_pics/pics/D489a.jpg] Torbernite from Unknown [db_pics/pics/D489b.jpg] Torbernite from Unknown [db_pics/pics/D489c.jpg]

Platy green crystals of Torbernite on matrix. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection without any labels.


D720 - Copper $ 475
Hekla Mine, Houghton Co., Michigan, USA
small cabinet - 7.5 x 6.5 x 3.6 cm


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Copper from Hekla Mine, Houghton Co., Michigan, USA [db_pics/pics/D720a.jpg] Copper from Hekla Mine, Houghton Co., Michigan, USA [db_pics/pics/D720b.jpg] Copper from Hekla Mine, Houghton Co., Michigan, USA [db_pics/pics/D720c.jpg] Copper from Hekla Mine, Houghton Co., Michigan, USA [db_pics/pics/D720d.jpg] Copper from Hekla Mine, Houghton Co., Michigan, USA [db_pics/pics/D720e.jpg]

Well crystallized Copper specimen with a grouping of good crystals rising up off larger, thick crystals at the base.


CT656 - Heulandite with Mordenite $ 150
Amudika River, near Mirny, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia
miniature - 4.2 x 3 x 2.2 cm


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Heulandite with Mordenite from Amudika River, near Mirny, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/CT656a.jpg] Heulandite with Mordenite from Amudika River, near Mirny, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/CT656b.jpg] Heulandite with Mordenite from Amudika River, near Mirny, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/CT656d.jpg]

Bi-colored Heulandite crystal with Mordenite. A fine quality double-terminated Heulandite 2cm wide. Hard to find old specimen from Chuck Trantham personal collection.


CT658 - Heulandite with Mordenite, Calcite $ 150
Amudika River, near Mirny, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia
miniature - 3.5 x 3 x 2 cm


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Heulandite with Mordenite, Calcite from Amudika River, near Mirny, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/CT658a.jpg] Heulandite with Mordenite, Calcite from Amudika River, near Mirny, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/CT658b.jpg] Heulandite with Mordenite, Calcite from Amudika River, near Mirny, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/CT658c.jpg] Heulandite with Mordenite, Calcite from Amudika River, near Mirny, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/CT658e.jpg]

Bi-colored Heulandite crystal with Mordenite and Calcite crystals. A fine quality double-terminated Heulandite 2.2cm wide. Hard to find old specimen from Chuck Trantham personal collection.


B958 - Gold $ 1500
Homestake Mine, Lead, Lawrence Co., South Dakota, USA
miniature - 4.8 x 2.5 x 1.8 cm


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Gold from Homestake Mine, Lead, Lawrence Co., South Dakota, USA [db_pics/pics/b958a.jpg] Gold from Homestake Mine, Lead, Lawrence Co., South Dakota, USA [db_pics/pics/b958b.jpg] Gold from Homestake Mine, Lead, Lawrence Co., South Dakota, USA [db_pics/pics/b958c.jpg] Gold from Homestake Mine, Lead, Lawrence Co., South Dakota, USA [db_pics/pics/b958d.jpg] Gold from Homestake Mine, Lead, Lawrence Co., South Dakota, USA [db_pics/pics/b958e.jpg] Gold from Homestake Mine, Lead, Lawrence Co., South Dakota, USA [db_pics/pics/b958f.jpg]

Discovered in 1875, the Homestake Mine was a deep underground gold mine that operated until 2002. For a period, it was the largest and deepest gold mine in North America. The mine produced more than forty million troy ounces of gold during its lifetime. Despite this, Gold specimens from this mine are scarce. This specimen features multiple areas of exposed Gold in a Quartz matrix along with what are likely Arsenopyrite crystals (two old labels, one from the Hauck collection and one from Kristalle, indicate the other mineral is Sylvanite). The Gold extends all the way through the Quartz in areas. Uncommon, hard to find USA Gold specimen.


CT650 - Liddicoatite $ 1800
Anjanabonoina, Madagascar
cabinet - 12.2 x 9 x 0.4 cm


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Liddicoatite from Anjanabonoina, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/CT650a.jpg] Liddicoatite from Anjanabonoina, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/CT650b.jpg] Liddicoatite from Anjanabonoina, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/CT650c.jpg]

Cut and polished slice of Liddicoatite (a species of Tourmaline) from old finds in Madagascar. Cut parallel to the C-axis, the slice reveals the colorful interior of what would have appeared to otherwise be a dark crystal. Triangular color zoning of greens, blues, and purple. Well polished on both sides, weighs 87.09 grams.


CT657 - Thomasite $ 120
Amudika River, near Mirny, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia
thumbnail - 2.5 x 2 x 1.7 cm


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Thomasite from Amudika River, near Mirny, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/CT657a.jpg] Thomasite from Amudika River, near Mirny, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/CT657b.jpg] Thomasite from Amudika River, near Mirny, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/CT657c.jpg] Thomasite from Amudika River, near Mirny, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/CT657d.jpg]

Cluster of pink Thomasite from an obscure Russian locality. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection acquired by Chuck in 1992.


CT659 - Thomasite $ 120
Amudika River, near Mirny, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia
miniature - 3.2 x 2.2 x 1.8 cm


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Thomasite from Amudika River, near Mirny, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/CT659a.jpg] Thomasite from Amudika River, near Mirny, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/CT659b.jpg] Thomasite from Amudika River, near Mirny, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/CT659c.jpg] Thomasite from Amudika River, near Mirny, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/CT659d.jpg]

Cluster of pink Thomasite from an obscure Russian locality. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection acquired by Chuck in 1992.


CT682 - Tetrahedrite $ 1200
Peru
miniature - 4.5 x 3.5 x 3 cm


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Tetrahedrite from Peru [db_pics/pics/CT682a.jpg] Tetrahedrite from Peru [db_pics/pics/CT682b.jpg] Tetrahedrite from Peru [db_pics/pics/CT682c.jpg] Tetrahedrite from Peru [db_pics/pics/CT682d.jpg] Tetrahedrite from Peru [db_pics/pics/CT682e.jpg]

Large single Tetrahedrite, 3.5cm with some smaller attached crystals. Excellent size and undamaged with a slight coating of Chalcopyrite in areas. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


CT652 - Azurite (gem) $ 2000
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
miniature - 3.3 x 3 x 2.5 cm


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Azurite (gem) from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/CT652b.jpg] Azurite (gem) from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/CT652c.jpg] Azurite (gem) from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/CT652e.jpg] Azurite (gem) from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/CT652f.jpg]

The Milpillas Mine is well know as one of the most prolific Azurite specimen mines ever, and is now closed. This specimen is one of the rarer styles from the mine - flat, tabular and transparent enough to facet into a gemstone. from what is known as the 'Gem Pocket'  (or 'Jewel Pocket') from the 1100 level of the mine. The main crystal is 3cm wide but I also love the transparency of the smaller crystals jutting out from the base. Ex. Jon Sigerman.


CT664 - Smithsonite after Dolomite $ 125
Philadelpia Mine, Rush, Marion Co., Arkansas, USA
miniature - 3.5 x 2.5 x 1.5 cm


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Smithsonite after Dolomite from Philadelpia Mine, Rush, Marion Co., Arkansas, USA [db_pics/pics/CT664a.jpg] Smithsonite after Dolomite from Philadelpia Mine, Rush, Marion Co., Arkansas, USA [db_pics/pics/CT664b.jpg] Smithsonite after Dolomite from Philadelpia Mine, Rush, Marion Co., Arkansas, USA [db_pics/pics/CT664c.jpg] Smithsonite after Dolomite from Philadelpia Mine, Rush, Marion Co., Arkansas, USA [db_pics/pics/CT664d.jpg] Smithsonite after Dolomite from Philadelpia Mine, Rush, Marion Co., Arkansas, USA [db_pics/pics/CT664e.jpg]

Bright yellow crystals of Smithsonite replacing Dolomite, with the curving form of the former Dolomite crystal clearly evident. The bright color is caused by inclusions of Greenockite. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection acquired by Chuck in 1992.


CT739 - Mellite $ 275
Csordakúti Mine, Bicske-Csordakút, Bicskei District, Fejér County, Hungary
thumbnail - 3 x 2.7 x 2.2 cm


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Mellite from Csordakúti Mine, Bicske-Csordakút, Bicskei District, Fejér County, Hungary [db_pics/pics/CT739a.jpg] Mellite from Csordakúti Mine, Bicske-Csordakút, Bicskei District, Fejér County, Hungary [db_pics/pics/CT739b.jpg] Mellite from Csordakúti Mine, Bicske-Csordakút, Bicskei District, Fejér County, Hungary [db_pics/pics/CT739c.jpg] Mellite from Csordakúti Mine, Bicske-Csordakút, Bicskei District, Fejér County, Hungary [db_pics/pics/CT739d.jpg]

Fine single crystal of the unusual organic mineral Mellite, 2.7cm wide tip to tip, with smaller attached crystals. A seldom seen rarity that, according to Mindat, has been found in only 12 localities worldwide. It occurs as a secondary mineral in lignite deposits. The crystals are translucent, with light brown color and sharp form. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection acquired by Chuck in 1987.


A100 - Titanite with Melanite $ 150
MT Jeannes Pit No. 2, Clear Creek, San Benito Co., California, USA
small cabinet - 8 x 4.5 x 3 cm


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Titanite with Melanite from MT Jeannes Pit No. 2, Clear Creek, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/A100a.jpg] Titanite with Melanite from MT Jeannes Pit No. 2, Clear Creek, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/A100b.jpg] Titanite with Melanite from MT Jeannes Pit No. 2, Clear Creek, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/A100c.jpg] Titanite with Melanite from MT Jeannes Pit No. 2, Clear Creek, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/A100d.jpg]

Pink Titanite (Sphene) crystals associated with black Andradite var. Melanite. This is one of only a handful of specimens found decades ago and a true rarity for a California or San Benito Co. collector. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection, collected by Chuck and Al McGuinness in 1982.


CT712 - Titanite with Melanite $ 250
MT Jeannes Pit No. 2, Clear Creek, San Benito Co., California, USA
small cabinet - 7.5 x 7.5 x 2.5 cm


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Titanite with Melanite from MT Jeannes Pit No. 2, Clear Creek, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT712a.jpg] Titanite with Melanite from MT Jeannes Pit No. 2, Clear Creek, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT712b.jpg] Titanite with Melanite from MT Jeannes Pit No. 2, Clear Creek, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT712c.jpg] Titanite with Melanite from MT Jeannes Pit No. 2, Clear Creek, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT712d.jpg] Titanite with Melanite from MT Jeannes Pit No. 2, Clear Creek, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT712e.jpg]

Pink Titanite (Sphene) crystals associated with black Andradite var. Melanite. This is one of only a handful of specimens found decades ago and a true rarity for a California or San Benito Co. collector. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection, collected by Chuck and Al McGuinness in 1982.


CT174 - Rutile $ 180
Diamantina, Minas Gerais, Brazil
thumbnail - 2 x 1.1 x 0.8 cm


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Rutile from Diamantina, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/CT174a.jpg] Rutile from Diamantina, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/CT174b.jpg] Rutile from Diamantina, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/CT174c.jpg] Rutile from Diamantina, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/CT174d.jpg]

Double-terminated Rutile crystal attached to another terminated Rutile crystal. Undamaged fine crystal. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.
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