Silver, Acanthite, Chlorargyrite (Var: Bromian Chlorargyrite)
Comstock Lode, Comstock District, Storey Co., Nevada, USA
Miniature, 3.5 x 2.7 x 2.1 cm
Mineral specimens from the famous Comstock Lode at Virginia City, Nevada are RARE today, even in museums. The remoteness of the locality and lack of "showy" specimens precluded high-graders, other than for rich ore. The bonanza silver ores were depleted by 1878. This OLD-TIME, very RICH silver ore consists of bright, wire to hackly silver crystals in a matrix that is nearly SOLID bromian chlorargyrite! A free-standing, 4 mm, gemmy, yellow-green chlorargyrite crystal jumps out on the back of the piece. There are even dark blebs of acanthite scattered about. According to the label, this CLASSIC and RARE specimen was mined in 1885 (according to a more modern label with it) and comes from the Carl Stentz Collection of Laguna Hills, California.