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EXTRAORDINARY Native Lead & Minium MINERAL HILL, IDAHO


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   Native Lead with MiniumMineral Hill Mining District, Blaine Co., Idaho, USA9.45cm x 6.3cm x 3.2cm274 gramsEx. Bill Kelly Collection       
Description/Interesting Notes: An absolutely incredible example of native lead from this seldom referenced Idaho locale!!!  Native lead is quite rare in nature, as it so readily alters to secondary species, and specimens are only found in a handful of localities worldwide!!!  Most people have never even... seen or heard of native lead coming from Idaho, however there were a small number of significant specimens recovered from the area around Mineral Hill in Idaho, most of which were collected over 100 years ago and have long since disappeared into museums and institutions!!!  This large and impressive specimen consists of a robust, sculptural, subhedral mass of native lead that hosts a rich showing of intense orange to reddish-orange minium!!!  There is a coating of whitish secondaries in areas as well!!!  This specimen is much more three dimensional in person and displays quite handsomely indeed!!!  The complex forms, combined with the intense color and richness of the minium makes for an amazing specimen all around!!!  This specimen was most recently in the collection of Bill Kelly has numerous affixed and overwritten catalog numbers, showing what was clearly a long history in multiple collections!!!  Interestingly, the 1892 Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution shows a donation of a native lead with minium specimen (23629) from the area around Mineral Hill being donated by  Dr. Walter P. Jenney of the U.S. Geological Survey!!!  Don't miss out on this rare and incredible specimen - you may never see another one!!!  The pics hardly do it justice!!!  Must be seen in person to be fully appreciated!!!Good luck and be sure to check out my other exciting mineral auctions on ebay!!! 
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