Miniature, 5.2 x 2.9 x 2.0 cm
Minerva Mine, Cave In Rock, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA

A superb, elegantly tapered crystal of witherite the likes of which you seldom see in terms of form and perfection. It is 3-dimensional, equant and complete all around. It has just a minor contact point on the back, at the "pinch." Otherwise, it is a floater. The crystal is translucent: a quality that is seldom seen in the species for crystals of this size. This very old witherite specimen, from the 1940s or earlier, comes from the very early days of mining at the Minerva Mine. It was sold to Colorado collector E.M. Gunnell in 1951 and his label remains with the piece.

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