Cuprite - very fine vintage Cuban
Cuprite - very fine vintage Cuban Cuprite - very fine vintage Cuban Cuprite - very fine vintage Cuban
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Cuprite - very fine vintage Cuban (Ref: 0117-JM-4357)

Mina El Cobre, El Cobre, Santiago de Cuba Province, Cuba
62mm x 48mm x 31mm
minID: 2MC-QL4
An extraordinary Cuprite from Cuba that is well over 200 years old. Several very old labels including one from a museum in Sweden come with this piece. This mine is one of the oldest Copper mines in the new world, begun in 1532 under the Spanish. This is the only Copper mine of any note in the entire country, it has been flooded for some decades. The Cuprites fill a vug with sharp, lustrous crystals many of which are a gemmy red color. The crystals are tightly clustered and with magnification some small areas of native copper are seen. Very close magnification also shows what seem to be very tiny Cubanite crystals (not confirmed by x-ray) in two habits. Any Cuban Cubanite is very rare, the type locale is only about 80 KM to the east, though the specie is not listed by Mindat from Cobre. With or without Cubanite this is about as fine a specimen as exists, it is certainly larger and better than those we know of in US museums. Ex. John Marshall collection (and many others).
Data last checked on 20th Sep 2022 - specimen may no longer be available

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See Also

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65mm x 35mm x 15mm
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70mm x 60mm x 30mm
Mashamba West Mine, Kolwezi, Lualaba, DR Congo
27mm x 20mm x 13mm
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35mm x 27mm x 9mm
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60mm x 50mm x 35mm
Red Dome Mine, Mungana, Queensland, Australia
20mm x 10mm x 10mm
Malachite ps. after Cuprite
Andrassy Mines, Rudabanya, Rudabanyai Mountains, Hungary
50mm x 40mm x 20mm
Malachite Ps. After Cuprite
Andrassy I Mine, Rudabanya, Rudabanyai Mountains, Hungary
40mm x 30mm x 20mm
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
70mm x 60mm x 30mm
Henderson No. 2 mine, Chibougamou, Quebec, Canada
20mm x 10mm
Malachite psuedo after Cuprite -classic form, locale
Chessy Copper Mine, Chessy-les-Mines, Villefranche, Rhône, Rhône-Alpes, France
40mm x 36mm x 30mm
Cuprite with Copper
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60mm x 35mm x 20mm
Cubanite - classic twinned crystals
Henderson Number 2, Chibougamau, Quebec, Canada
20mm x 13mm x 10mm
Malachite ps. Cuprite
Nchanga Mine, Chingola, Copperbelt, Zambia
10mm x 10mm x 10mm
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