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    PYRITE 'SUNS' IN BLACK SHALE
    Sparta, Randolph Co., Illinois
    A group of three radiating, flat crystallites found in the coal mines near Sparta, Illinois. These golden aggregates grow within shale layers that lie between minable coal seams. Originally, there were seven mines in the area that produced these along with the coal. Due to restrictions on high sulfur coal, the district is now down to one operating mine and probably that one will close in the not too distant future. Plates having more that two 'suns' are uncommon. This older specimen was probably from one of the now defunct mines, in fine condition, from the Gary Hanson collection. Displays on a custom, black acrylic base. 16 ½ x 14 x 1 inch thick.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2008
    8th Sunday
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