🏵 Covellite 🏵
East Colusa Mine, Silver Bow Co., Montana
5.5 x 4 x 1 cm
Ex. George Holloway collection Ex. Paul Patchick collection
A multitude of colors gleam from the surface of this iridescent covellite. Stunning in its form, this is a perfect hexagonal wheel. Every angle offers a different hue in an everchanging cascade of color against this otherwise brassy mineral.
The tragedy of beautiful ore minerals. Butte, Montana hosts a plethora of mining operations, pumping out tons of copper, gold, and silver. For a while, the area was called "The Richest Hill on the Earth" as the material produced was worth an estimated 48 billion dollars. Yep, that's billion with a B. East Colusa was one of the copper mines in this hill. Miners would come out with gorgeous covellite specimens and then immediately toss them in the smelter. As a copper sulfide, these pieces were more valuable as copper ore than as collectors items. Thankfully, this perfect specimen was one of the few survivors, allowing us to enjoy this American classic.
Available by auction on August 26th through @heritageauctions in Dallas, Texas.
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