El Cobre Mine, Santiago de Cuba, Sierra Maestra Mts, Oriente Province, Cuba
Toenail, 3.1 x 2.8 x 1.9 cm
Ex. Roland and Kathy Sherman; Robert Hesse
An old piece dating back to the 1800s when these came out. Then, it went into well-known Tom Mckee collection of superb specimens of all size ranges. Then, it was lost for years and turned up in 2004 when I bought it. This is a superb Cuban cuprite, said by all who have seen it to be the best they know of (but I have never even seen another good one). Dave Wilber said in 1970, at the Tucson show that it was the best he knew of in all his own time, and offered $1500 for it according to previous owner card (and confirmed by Dave himself when I asked him at Tucson 2011!). 360 degree display quality and aesthetics, though with no red color per se, makes this a stunning specimen and an important locality piece. ex Robert Hesse collection to me, to the Shermans. Copper mining here dates to the early 1800s.. For what its worth, the previous owners valued this at $4500 and I have amortised it down in the collection purchase. From the Roland and Kathy Sherman thumbnail collection: they are competitive thumbnail exhibitors from Southern California, specializing in copper species. Joe Budd Photos