Silver with Copper "Halfbreed" Houghton County, Michigan, USA   2.6 X 2.1 X 0.8cm

The truest "halfbreed" I've ever acquired, with one side comprising a large Silver crystal, showing some crystal faces, with terminated Silver crystals on one end wrapped around a weakly crystallized Copper nugget. There is minor glacial- and/or water/wear on the piece, but it has no damage whatsoever.

                                                                                                                         #DGS-009         SOLD

SOLD

SOLD

Gold - Electrum

Lokel Mine, Central District, Eugene Mountains, Humboldt County, Nevada, USA

 2.1 X 1.3 X 1.0cm   5.2g

One of the best crystallized Gold thumbnails from the famous 1994 find, with hoppered spinel-twinned crystals rising from a base of mostly spinel and octahedral crystals (photo on far center-right). No damage, and not chemically altered to change its original patina. Ex. Gene Baum Gold Specimen Collection.

                 #DGS-007          SOLD

Silver with Acanthite

Highland Bell Mine, Beaverdell, Greenwood Mining District, British Columbia, Canada

 1.9 X 1.4 X 0.5cm

Collected more than 20 years ago, this piece features Silver wires partially coated by dark gray Acanthite, with a unique patina, ranging from essentially none to a copper color on much of the Silver, to a true electric blue locally, especially toward the base of the piece. Ex. Babet Collection #10251.

                    #DGS-008         $200

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Silver with Acanthite and Calcite

                    Highland Bell Mine, Beaverdell, Greenwood Mining District,                            British Columbia, Canada

‚Äč3.3 X 1.7 X 0.8cm

Thick Silver ropes epimorphed by tiny, bluish silver Acanthite crystals, with a couple of larger, sharp Acanthites, all set-off by a white grouping of Calcite crystals. The best of the 20-30 pieces I saw from the collection; I think this statement and the photos say everything needed for this exceptional and undamaged piece. Ex. Babet Collection #10326.                                        #DGS-004          $725

Acanthite with Silver

Highland Bell Mine, Beaverdell, Greenwood Mining District, British Columbia, Canada

 2.1 X 1.8 X 1.3cm

A hefty floater group of Acanthite crystals to cm, collected by the Mine Manager (Mr. Babet) more than 20 years ago. The luster on the silvery black Acanthites is excellent while still maintaining the original patina. There is a thick ropey silver wire protruding from the Acanthite cluster (from the top in the right-center photo), which has been mostly epimorphed (possibly entirely pseudomorphed) by Acanthite. The Acanthite crystals are fairly sharp, and some show hoppered growth patterns. No damage. Ex. Babet Collection #10315.

                                  #DGS-002          $500

Gold with Coloradoite

Bessie G Mine, La Plata District, La Plata County, Colorado, USA

 1.8 X 1.7 X 1.5cm

Very rich gold coverage for a specimen from Bessie G! This thumbnail shows one side of a lode-gold vein, with bands of Quartz, Pyrite, and Coloradoite (biggest grain is on the back, shown in the bottom-right photo), giving way to a centerline of crystalline Gold. From well-known collector/dealer Dave Shannon, who holds the other half in his personal collection.

                 #DGS-006          SOLD

Gold - Electrum

Lokel Mine, Central District, Eugene Mountains, Humboldt County, Nevada, USA

 1.9 X 2.2 X 1.1cm   5.6g

From a famous 1994 find made initially with a metal detector just on the outskirts of the mining town of Winnemucca, Nevada, this piece is characteristic with lustrous crystals of Electrum (also called "green gold," the silver values from the vein here typically exceed 20%, but local pockets produced specimens of nearly pure gold). There are numerous crystal forms present (mostly spinels and octahedra), but the significance of this piece (relative to hundreds of others from the find I've seen) is in its sculptural presentation, rather than the typically dense hackly groupings, providing a much stronger presence than other specimens of equal weight from the find. Note: most pieces from here are bathed in nitric acid, etc. prior to being offered for sale, a process that brings out a very strong gold color by removing a bit of the silver from the surface. I do not remove the original patinas from any piece I touch, as they are typically characteristic for a given deposit, and provide a true range of golden colors in the case. Ex. Gene Baum Gold Specimen Collection.

                            #DGS-003          SOLD

SOLD

Silver with Acanthite

Highland Bell Mine, Beaverdell, Greenwood Mining District, British Columbia, Canada

 2.0 X 1.1 X 0.5cm

Collected by the Mine Manager (Mr. Babet) more than 20 years ago, this graceful piece comprises a thick Silver wire with a base of Silver crystals on bluish-silver Acanthite. No damage; this was found at the surface, and shows a tiny bit of glacial and/or water-wear in the form of rounding of the Acanthite and some of the Silver crystals. Ex. Babet Collection #10263.

                         #DGS-001          $325

Acanthite on Silver with Calcite

Highland Bell Mine, Beaverdell, Greenwood Mining District, British Columbia, Canada

 2.6 X 1.9 X  0.7cm

Collected by the Mine Manager more than 20 years ago, this piece features Silver wires entirely coated by tiny blackish silver Acanthite crystals, with lustrous white Calcite crystals. The Acanthite on Silver would make a great thumbnail alone, but the Calcites provide a sharply contrasting "pop" that makes this specimen, like every other selection in this Gallery, competition-quality. Ex. Babet Collection #10261.

                            #DGS-010         $350

Silver

Highland Bell Mine, Beaverdell, Greenwood Mining District, British Columbia, Canada

2.3 X 1.0 X 0.4cm

One of the only pure Silver wires collected by the Mine Manager (Mr. Babet) more than 20 years ago; almost all the Silver wires are at least partially coated by Acanthite. These thick wires will hold their own with any comparable piece from Colorado, Mexico, Germany, and even Kongsberg! No damage, and outstanding patina. Ex. Babet Collection #10305.

                        #DGS-005          $175

10 Specimens added October 4, 2016