Small Cabinet, 6.8 x 3.5 x 1.4 cm
Diltz Mine, Whitlock, Bear Valley, Mariposa Co., California, USA
Ex. University of Arizona
A spread-eagled, flattish but very robust crystallized gold specimen from this classic old US locale. The Diltz mine was famous for these platy, hefty gold crystals. The surface area to weight ratio here is great in terms of getting a big and showy gold for the price! The mine is now long closed and specimens with this attribution turn up only in old collections. It is complete all around and has a beautiful patina, nice from either side. Mass is 77 grams, or nearly 2.5 ounces of gold, here. From the collection of Hubert De Monmonier (1919-2007), donated by bequest to the University of Arizona Museum to add to their displays and to provide specimens for sale to establish an endowment fund for museum operations, in perpetuity.