Cripple Creek, Teller Co., Colorado, USA
Mention of the name "Cripple Creek" almost always elicits recognition among the public, yet few people can link the name to anything specific. For most, the name conjures up images of "The West" of the 1800s- gunfighters and gold, trappers and gambling halls. The truth is that the legend born in the fevered search for gold has yet to expire; either in popular dramas or books set in the Rocky Mountains. Another reason that the legend has yet to die revolves around the continuing operation of Cripple Creek up until the present. Cripple Creek is the largest gold district in Colorado, having so far produced 23.5 million ounces. It is estimated that another 3 million or so ounces of recoverable gold are left in the district. The early miners followed narrow, twisting veins of "high-grade": ore so rich that you could tell it from worthless rock - on sight. Those days are largely gone and most of the operating mines of the district process massive tonnages of ore so low in grade that only sophisticated assay techniques allow the miners to determine where and what to mine. This sample is a perfect example of the kind of ore the miners so avidly sought in the "old days". It is a complete cross-section of a high-grade vein showing gray and barren wall rock on each side of the piece, sandwiching a purple Fluorite vein shot through with brassy, bladed crystals of Calaverite: Gold Telluride, up to .75 of an inch (2.0 cm) in length.
Overall measurements: 4.5 x 2.5 x 1.5 inches (11.4 x 6.4 x 3.8 cm). Offered at no reserve.
Provenance: Dave Bunk [Hoppel Catalog # D0417]
[Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]
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