Thumbnail, 2.7 x 1.8 x 0.4 cm
Farncomb Hill, French Gulch, Breckenridge District, Summit Co., Colorado, USA

A fabulously crystallized leaf gold thumbnail from the historic Farncomb Hill of the Breckenridge District. Both sides of this rich golden, dentritic piece consist mainly of elongated, hoppered octahedrons along with a few spinel-twins. I like the way the largest crystals are at the tips of the piece. The large, distinctive, hoppered octahedron is 4 mm. These are generally historic specimens, with most having been found prior to 1900. However, some have trickled out over the years to intrepid diggers. No way to say when this one came out, in other words, but it likely is an older specimen. Note the unusual, elongated octahedrons to this specimen indicate that this piece is quite obviously from Breckenridge.