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    NATIVE SILVER ON QUARTZ
    Silver Islet mine, Silver Islet, Sibley Township, Thunder Bay District, Ontario, Canada
    While the great majority of mines and mineral locations are remote and often constitute hardship postings for the miners that work them; some localities can be hair-raisingly dangerous places just to be at. Silver Islet is one of those charming and occasionally exciting places to be stuck on. 'Islet' is a term that hints of a rather small amount of land above the high tide line. In this case the term is somewhat misleading. When first discovered in 1868, the 'Silver Islet' was nothing more than a minor exposure of rock some 25 meters across that extended up only a couple of meters above the frigid, storm-tossed waters of Lake Superior. Specimens recovered at that time, subsequently assayed over 2000 ounces of Silver to the ton. That was the good news. The bad news was that the frequent, devastating storms on the lake would often wash completely over the islet; destroying equipment and threatening to drown anyone foolhardy to be on the islet under those conditions. Nevertheless, assay returns as high as $17,257 per ton kept the miners coming back for more. At prevailing prices of the time, this meant that the ore was just about one-half pure Silver. This matrix specimen from that exotic locale consists of a number of massive crudely bladed fins of Native Silver with some included white Quartz in the basal area. The Silver is lustrous and metallic in appearance with a warm golden patina. Condition is excellent. A piece of exotic mining history on a custom labeled base that measures 4 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 2 inches. Ex. Charles Leavitt collection, ex. Kevin Ward collection.


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    May, 2009
    17th Sunday
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