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Crystalline gold is the rarest and most beautiful form of gold. Crystalline gold values are not based on weight but rather the shape and configuration of the piece.

Crystalline gold is very hard to photograph because it is so bright and flashy, the pictures cannot begin to do the specimens true justice.

Crystalline gold is very delicate and hard to extract due to very costly mining expenses.

Millions of years ago, gold was pushed up through the earth's crust but at this particular spot, there was thermo steam at over 4000 degrees F. which also came up. This forced crystallized gold into the quartz rock. To a collector, crystallized gold is worth as many times the value of gold nuggets of the same weight!

You probably know that Crystalline gold specimen nuggets like this one are basically classed as gemstones and such attract much higher values than the equivalent weight in bullion gold! This is good news both for the collector and investor.

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The leadville mining district is described in "Colorado Gold", an article by Ed Raines, and in 'Rocks and Minerals' magazine, Volume 72 September, 1997.
  "Leadville District:  3,250,000 ounces (of gold).  Gold occurs in quartz-pyrite veins, in disseminated mineralization in the porphyritic rocks of the stocks, and in replacement mantos along with zinc, lead, and silver ores.  More than one hundred quartz-pyrite-gold veins are known  in the Breece Hill area.  Most gold occurs as microscopic particles, but in the gold-rich areas of the stocks, gold flakes, leaves, wires, and spongy masses have been found (Emmons, Irving, and Loughlin 1927; Behre 1953; Thompson and Arehart 1990).

  Ibex mine (including the Little Jonny, Uncle Sam, Little Stella, and other mines).  Ibex is, by far, the district's best-known source of fine gold specimens.  Immons, Irving, and Loughlin (1927) mention that gold specimens were especially abundant in small seams within the oxidized ores of the third level, where sixteen sacks of ore were bagged with at least 50 percent gold.  A specimen that is probably from this location consists of a honeycombed quartz seam partially covered with crusts of limonite after pyrite.  Very fine flattened wires and nests of wires are scattered all over one surface of the seam.  The wires are quite small, measuring .1 to .2 mm across by 1-3 mm in length.

  These researchers also comment on gold found in the primary sulfide ores of the sixth level.  This deeper location was the source of several specimens displayed in the Ibex Company's office.  On one specimen, sphalerite crystals were partially coated by "films" of gold.  The other specimen consisted of both sphalerite and pyrite crystals on a quartz seam that was shot through with small vugs containing gold wires and leaves.

  A 5.5-ounce Ibex specimen at the Denver Museum of Natural History (#11203) consists of intergrown wires up to 5 cm in length.  The author has observed wires up to 8.5 cm long. Spongy crystalline masses of wires and flakes up to 8 cm across have also been observed."

  Another article on the Leadville district, "The mines and minerals of Leadville", written by John M. Shannon and Geraldine C. Shannon, in the 'Mineralogical Record', Volume 16, May-June, 1985, has some relevance. 

  "During Campion's days, miners found the 'golden stairs' and 'millionaire's chamber' on the third level between Numbers 1 and 2 shafts of the Ibex (Number 1 was the Little Jonny). The stairs, a steep fault, had wire and sheet gold; the chamber, a cave, was similarly inlaid.  'It (the gold) could be pried off with a chisel or screwdriver,' said one observer" (Gilfillan, 1964).  "The gold is pure yellow and 860 fine."

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Mini 5 nugget collection 1.9 Grams Total

Five examples of crystalline gold, from the Ibex mine, Leadville Colorado.  Lot weighs 1.9  grams, with minor amounts of matrix.  Both sides shown in respective photos. 

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Larger 4 nugget collection 4.1 Grams Total

Four pieces of hard-rock gold, from the Ibex mine, Leadville Colorado.  Lot weighs 4.1 grams, with quartz matrix (I estimate point two grams of quartz).  Quartz crystal impressions.  Both sides shown in respective photos. 

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Mini 13 nugget collection 2.9 Grams Total

Thirteen pieces of crystalline gold, from the Ibex mine, Leadville Colorado.  Lot weighs 2.9 grams, with little matrix.  Leaf, wire, and quartz impression crystalline forms.  Both sides shown in respective photos. 

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