Pyrite & Galena on Quartz


This neat Galena, Pyrite & Quartz specimen likely came from the Commodore Mine, near Creede, Colorado? It also somewhat looks like there may even be a little bit of Gold on this rock (but it hasn’t been confirmed nor denied with any tests or assays)!

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It was stated “likely came from” above as it’s not guaranteed, but of all the mines in Colorado, it looks to have come from either Creede, or the San Juans near Silverton. Judging from pictures of the Amethyst Vein and other Quartz/Galena/Pyrite specimens to have come from there, this looks identical. With all certainty, however, it can be told to you that this was a part of a collection that was donated to, and then purchased from, the Grand Junction Gem and Mineral Club, and likely came from nearby following an estate liquidation. Therefore, it’s not 100% certain that this is from the Commodore Mine, or even Colorado, but it’s priced pretty cheap, anyway, especially if there is actually gold in this specimen!

This isn’t any exceptionally remarkable collector’s piece, but it’s old stock and a part of a collection that was clearly cherished since its original excavation. Regardless of whether there’s actually any visible gold or not, there’s likely some trace amounts, at least! In addition to that, there’s a chance there could be some Silver, as well, or possibly some Sphalerite, Greenockite, Chalcopyrite, Bornite, Tennantite, Manganite, or some other additional Sulfides, if it came from the Commodore Mine, or a mine which produced similar looking rocks and similar elements from the ore…


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