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|Dimensions||45 × 28 × 15 mm|
As RARE as it gets!!!
This is a lode Gold specimen from the oxidation zone of the Gultha Mine in Guadalcanal prov. Solomon Islands. The mineralization is pyrite, arsenopyrite, sphalerite, marcasite? with a quartz-kaolinite matrix. The Gold is tending to Electrum which is typical for the area. The specimen was mined in 1956 in the “Kuber area” of Gold Ridge by Gultha Development. Technically it is from the Kuber’s Creek (Gultha) Mine, Gold Ridge Mine, Guadalcanal Province, Solomon Islands. This area today is non existent since it is part of the large open pit of the Gold Ridge Mine. This is Similar to what happened to the Golden Mile Mines in Kalgoorlie in WA. This specimen was not brought out in a Lunch Box since all the miners were local or New Guinea natives. This high visible Gold vein area of the mine was discovered by the Foreman of the workers and he took a “sample” for the “office” which ended up back in Australia after the mine closed. Then sold again in 1984 and now to me. This was originally a larger piece that I split down into 2 specimens, one I sold to a private collector and I am now offering this other half for sale. Myself along with a colleague researched this piece and we have failed to find any other hard rock specimens in any museum in Australia, USA or the UK and are unaware of any others to exist in private collections (although it is not out of the realms of possibility).
I am happy to provide videos and extra photos upon request.
Measures 55 x 50 x 42mm and weighs 93.18 grams.