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Husky Mine, Elsa, Galena Hill, Mayo Mining District, Yukon Territory, Canada
It's hard to imagine a more aesthetic Polybasite than this specimen. The crystal form of overlapping hexagonal blades combined with a beautiful iridescent luster creates a stunning mineral specimen. Slight contact on the left side, but this is common in the specimens since they were pretty much all field-collected into a metal can on the day of the find (mid-1970s). Rare today on the market, and among the most beautiful of their species! These exceptional and uniquely colorful polybasite specimens were collected in 1977 by Joe Weinholtzner at this remote location. Rumour (and truth!) has it that nearly all were stored in a coffee can at the time and kept that way for, in some cases, decades til he sold them. The specimens feature a very attractive purple/blue/red/green iridescence, which sets them off from other worldwide localities for these species. The mine is defunct and despite searching, no more have been found here in 25-plus years now. 2.2 x 1.8 x .4 cm