Dragon Minerals - Update January 28, 2019

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RF351: Fluorite, Galena, Sphalerite, and Calcite - $450
Denton Mine, Harris Creek Sub-District, Hardin County, Illinois
Small cabinet - 9.3 x 7.1 x 4.8 cm (3.7 x 2.8 x 1.9 inches)
Weight - 486 grams (1.07 pounds)
ex Roy Foerster collection
Specimen status: Available     Send an email to order

A wonderful combination specimen, mined in 1993 from the southwest face of the Bahama Orebody on the Sub-Rosiclare level, featuring deep grape-jelly purple fluorite cubes (especially pretty when back lit), brilliantly lustrous galena, sparkling sphalerite, and gemmy calcite. The fluorites reach 3.7 cm in size, essentially transparent, and contain some dark inclusions (probably degraded chalcopyrite or marcasites). (Recall that fluorite color can be dependent on illumination. This specimen was photographed under white LED lighting, but its color may be slightly different in your mineral cabinet.) Individual galena cubes reach 2.4 cm and (according to a previous dealer label) consist of two generations, one primarily cubic and the second a cube/octahedron combination. Scattered brown sphalerites and colorless, gemmy calcites complete the association. This specimen has something to explore on all faces. Sits nicely for display on its naturally flat face. No damage is seen. Previous dealer labels with $1200 price, and recording previous ownership in the Ross Lillie, Rick and Deanna Russell, and Manslansky collections. Just a superb Illinois fluorite association specimen in this price range!

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