Chuquicamata Mine, Calama, El Loa Province, Antofagasta Region, Chile
Large Cabinet, 24.6 x 14.3 x 7.5 cm
Ex. Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences
A HUGE plate of antlerite from the best locality for the species, with lots of color splash and display value. Although the crystals seem small, there are 3 fine core areas, with sharp crystals to 3 or 4mm. The rest is flatlaying, acrystalline, or damaged but still colorful. The piece is about 10 inches in size...It probably should be trimmed into 3 core specimens, each of which would be worth $1000-1500 based on others I have seen for sale over the years. However, I have never seen such a large plate and it seems a shame to break it down to make more aesthetic, smaller specimens, when there is some significance to having the preservation of size here.