A rare specimen of Phosgenite from the Gibbas Mine of South Sardinia. This mine was active in 1851-1882 and flooded by 1890. Phosgenite is a rather uncommon Lead Chloride but specimens from this famous old locale are super rare (there are none on Mindat). Several milky white Phosgenite crystals from 1 to 2 CM across are clustered in a vug of altered Galena. This piece comes from the remarkable collection of Ruth and Andy Palmer and later William Hladysz. This was the study collection for Dr. Joe Mandarino's work and held many unusual and rare locality specimens. The Phosgenites are vividly fluorescent and are well-formed with a thin surface alteration. This is the only example from this location I have seen outside of a museum and is a quite a nice Phosgenite.
Phosgenite- complete complex crystal
Touissit, Touissit-Bou Beker Dist., Jerada Province
3.8 x 2.5 x 1.3 CM (miniature)
Worldwide mix summer
An excellent, well formed complex Phosgenite from Touissit, Morocco. Ex Charles Noll collection, this is crystalized all around, nearly all transparent gem clear and with an elaborate shape. Touissit Phosgenites are only rarely available, they are regarded as some of the worlds best. Much less common on the market than the Sardinian Phosgenites, these were only discovered shortly before the mine closed for good. This is in fine condition as seen, which is also very rare with this delicate and brittle mineral.
Monteponi Mine, Iglesias, Carbonia
4.4 x 2.8 CM (miniature)
A real prize winning miniature! (First Prize miniature category at MTL Mineral EXPO). It is impressive, esthetic gemmy and has classic form, from the most classic locality, Monteponi. An older specimen from this long closed mine, it is composed of 3 main intersecting crystals. Close exam finds very minor chipping mostly just on the base and backside, it can be displayed "eye clean". For this delicate mineral it is "virtually perfect". From an older collection, this quality is simply not for sale today. An older collection number is on the reverse side, it can be removed if that side is to be displayed. Choice!