From the type locality area for Wulfenite, this is a very choice, classic Lead secondary specimen. About a dozen distinct octahedrons of Galena are sparkling with hundreds of Cerussite crystals scattered on the faces. The spaces between the Galenas are full of orange to red Wulfenites in a blocky form. One of the great classic mineral localities, important since the early 14th century. In 1556 Agricola described the locality and methods in his famed "De re Metallica" . The mines closed for good in 1993, but left a great legacy of minerals and helped develop many methods in use today. This specimen is in remarkable condition, is far more attractive in person and a fine display quality Galena much better than most seen in collections from here.
stock #SOLD 19.1-056
Stefanie Mine, Bad Blieburg, Gailitaier Alpen and Karnish Alpen
9.3 x 6.8 x 5.4 CM (cabinet)
A very well crystalized Wulfenite from the area of the original discovery of the specie (Bad Blieburg). The area mining began in the 1500s and was extensive, producing a wide variety of habits and occasionally some extraordinary pieces. The Stefanie mine was the last to close and quite famous as a productive locale. This piece is well above average, the crystals to over 1.3 CM and most show sharp edge and or corner modifications. In fine condition overall, however a very close inspection can find some tiny edge bruises that are not really noticeable in normal display. The color and luster are excellent and stronger in person. A choice older specimen.
A large specimen from Bleiberg (Type locale) that is mostly Hydrozincite some formed over and with Smithsonite. Very well defined bothroids on a cast of Gossan that has additional layers of Hydrozincite seen on the underside. In fine condition, fluorescent and with some luster. One old label included mentions only the Smithsonite. For what is often an un attractive mineral specie, this is quite attractive and well composed.