Millerite on Galena - classic German
Pfaffenberg Mine, Neudorf, Harzgerode, Harz Mts.
11.9 x 9.6 x 6.8 CM (cabinet)
New Year 22
A large crystalline mass of Galena is host to several cavities filled with brassy Millerite needles. A fine old German specimen from the Pfaffenberg Mine which is best known as a classic source of Galena, and rarely of Millerite. A druse of Quartz adds some contrast and sparkle as well, but the real attraction is the nests of radiating Millerites on several faces of the matrix. This mine was operated for Iron and was a major operation by the mid 1800's, though mining in the zone can be traced as far back as 1400. This was operated until 1962, the Millerites from here are uncommon on the market and are German classics.