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    Gold & Arsenopyrite in Quartz
    Oriental Mine (Alta Mine), 16 to 1 Mine (Sixteen-to-One Mine; Original Sixteen-to-One Mine)
    Alleghany, Alleghany District (Forest District)
    Sierra Co., California, USA

    This large and complex specimen of Gold & Arsenopyrite is itself a very unique association of minerals, yet so much more beyond just the unusual combination. The Arsenopyrite exhibits crystal faces, while the Gold displays numerous modified octahedrons and dodecahedrons. Mined in 2019, this quite rare specimen is one of THE best combinations of Gold crystals "floating" in Arsenopyrite likely to be seen. The weighty example consists of a blocky white Quartz matrix, framing a silvery mass of Arsenopyrite that hosts elegant patches of crystallized Gold over the neutral colored backgrounds. From the famed Oriental Mine in California, the collector specimen contains nearly 15 troy ounces of net Gold content. This hefty offering comes mounted on a custom engraved acrylic base for elegant display in a cabinet.
    Overall Measurements: 3.32 x 2.22 x 2.46 inches (8.43 x 5.63 x 6.25 cm), total weight 908 grams (15 oz t)


    [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]


    Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000.

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    Auction Info

    Proxy Bidding Ends
    March
    19th Friday 6:50 pm CT
    Auction Dates
    March
    19th Friday
    Proxy Bidding Time Remaining
    20 Days 10h 30m 55s
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
    Lot Tracking Activity: 20
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    This lot is in: 1 - Signature® Floor Session (Live Floor, Live Phone, Mail, Fax, Internet, and Heritage Live):
    (Lots 72001-72050) - 7:00 PM Central Time, Friday, March 19, 2021.
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