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CT758 - Bindheimite $ 90 SOLD
Silver City, South Dakota, USA
small cabinet - 7.3 x 5 x 2.5 cm


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Bindheimite from Silver City, South Dakota, USA [db_pics/pics/CT758a.jpg] Bindheimite from Silver City, South Dakota, USA [db_pics/pics/CT758b.jpg] Bindheimite from Silver City, South Dakota, USA [db_pics/pics/CT758c.jpg] Bindheimite from Silver City, South Dakota, USA [db_pics/pics/CT758d.jpg] Bindheimite from Silver City, South Dakota, USA [db_pics/pics/CT758e.jpg]

Yellow, earthy Bindheimite, a rare Lead Antimony oxide mineral. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection, acquired from Steve Perry Minerals who acquired out of the Frank Edwards collection. An old label shows that Edwards acquired this in 1967 from Wards for a price of $3.


CT752 - Allophane $ 90
Laurium, Greece
small cabinet - 8 x 6 x 4 cm


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Allophane from Laurium, Greece [db_pics/pics/CT752a.jpg] Allophane from Laurium, Greece [db_pics/pics/CT752b.jpg] Allophane from Laurium, Greece [db_pics/pics/CT752c.jpg] Allophane from Laurium, Greece [db_pics/pics/CT752d.jpg]

Bubbly green Allophane on a vuggy dark brown matrix. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection, formerly out of the Frank Edwards collection. An old label shows that Edwards acquired this in 1967 from Shortmann's Minerals for a price of $2.


CT750 - Pharmacolite $ 90
Neurode, Harz, Germany
small cabinet - 9 x 5 x 4 cm


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Pharmacolite from Neurode, Harz, Germany [db_pics/pics/CT750a.jpg] Pharmacolite from Neurode, Harz, Germany [db_pics/pics/CT750b.jpg] Pharmacolite from Neurode, Harz, Germany [db_pics/pics/CT750c.jpg]

Small pink hemispheres of Pharmacolite, a rare calcium arsenate mineral, on matrix. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection, formerly out of the Frank Edwards collection and comes with an old Shortmann's Minerals label.


CT753 - Kimzeyite, Perovskite, Magnetite, Apatite $ 50
Kimsey Calcite Quarry, Magnet Cove, Arkansas, USA
small cabinet - 5.5 x 3.5 x 1.5 cm


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Kimzeyite, Perovskite, Magnetite, Apatite from Kimsey Calcite Quarry, Magnet Cove, Arkansas, USA [db_pics/pics/CT753a.jpg] Kimzeyite, Perovskite, Magnetite, Apatite from Kimsey Calcite Quarry, Magnet Cove, Arkansas, USA [db_pics/pics/CT753b.jpg] Kimzeyite, Perovskite, Magnetite, Apatite from Kimsey Calcite Quarry, Magnet Cove, Arkansas, USA [db_pics/pics/CT753c.jpg] Kimzeyite, Perovskite, Magnetite, Apatite from Kimsey Calcite Quarry, Magnet Cove, Arkansas, USA [db_pics/pics/CT753d.jpg]

Small black crystals of Kimzeyite, a rare Calcium and Zirconium nesosilicate mineral, in Calcite with other minerals (Perovskite, Magnetite, Monticellite, Apatite). Found at only a small number of localities worldwide. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


CT864 - Pascoite $ 120 SOLD
Blue Streak Mine, Montrose Co., Colorado, USA
miniature - 5 x 3 x 2 cm


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Pascoite from Blue Streak Mine, Montrose Co., Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/CT864a.jpg] Pascoite from Blue Streak Mine, Montrose Co., Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/CT864b.jpg] Pascoite from Blue Streak Mine, Montrose Co., Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/CT864c.jpg] Pascoite from Blue Streak Mine, Montrose Co., Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/CT864e.jpg]

Bright orange Pascoite on matrix. Pascoite was discovered in the Pasco Province of Peru, for which it is named, and described in 1914. Uncommon specimen from the Chuck Trantham collection.


CT899 - Parisite $ 150 SOLD
Snowbird Mine, Alberton, Mineral Co., Montana, USA
miniature - 4 x 2.5 x 2 cm


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Parisite from Snowbird Mine, Alberton, Mineral Co., Montana, USA [db_pics/pics/CT899a.jpg] Parisite from Snowbird Mine, Alberton, Mineral Co., Montana, USA [db_pics/pics/CT899b.jpg] Parisite from Snowbird Mine, Alberton, Mineral Co., Montana, USA [db_pics/pics/CT899c.jpg] Parisite from Snowbird Mine, Alberton, Mineral Co., Montana, USA [db_pics/pics/CT899d.jpg]

Unusual branch-like brown crystals of Parisite, an uncommon rare-earth carbonate mineral. The Snowbird Mine was a small mine active in the 1950s and has produced some of the world's best crystals for the species. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


CT926 - Ardennite $ 50
Salmchateau, Vielsalm, Luxembourg, Wallonia, Belgium
thumbnail - 2 x 1.1 x 0.8 cm


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Ardennite from Salmchateau, Vielsalm, Luxembourg, Wallonia, Belgium [db_pics/pics/CT926a.jpg] Ardennite from Salmchateau, Vielsalm, Luxembourg, Wallonia, Belgium [db_pics/pics/CT926b.jpg] Ardennite from Salmchateau, Vielsalm, Luxembourg, Wallonia, Belgium [db_pics/pics/CT926c.jpg] Ardennite from Salmchateau, Vielsalm, Luxembourg, Wallonia, Belgium [db_pics/pics/CT926d.jpg]

Yellow Ardennite, a rare and complex sorosilicate mineral, on Quartz. From the type locality. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


CT949 - Desautelsite $ 50 SOLD
Artinite Pit, Clear Creek Area, San Benito Co., California, USA
thumbnail - 2.5 x 2 x 1.5 cm


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Desautelsite from Artinite Pit, Clear Creek Area, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT949a.jpg] Desautelsite from Artinite Pit, Clear Creek Area, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT949b.jpg] Desautelsite from Artinite Pit, Clear Creek Area, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT949c.jpg] Desautelsite from Artinite Pit, Clear Creek Area, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT949d.jpg]

Drusy yellow orange microcrystals of Desautelsite with Hydromagnesite on a Serpentine matrix. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection. Self collected by Chuck in 1985.


CT938 - Sursassite $ 50 SOLD
Val d'Err, Graubunden, Switzerland
miniature - 3.5 x 3 x 2 cm


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Sursassite from Val d'Err, Graubunden, Switzerland [db_pics/pics/CT938a.jpg] Sursassite from Val d'Err, Graubunden, Switzerland [db_pics/pics/CT938b.jpg] Sursassite from Val d'Err, Graubunden, Switzerland [db_pics/pics/CT938c.jpg]

Red/orange Sursassite on matrix from the type locallity for the species. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


CT939 - Varlamoffite $ 50 SOLD
Hingston Down, Cornwall, England
miniature - 3.5 x 3 x 2 cm


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Varlamoffite from Hingston Down, Cornwall, England [db_pics/pics/CT939a.jpg] Varlamoffite from Hingston Down, Cornwall, England [db_pics/pics/CT939b.jpg] Varlamoffite from Hingston Down, Cornwall, England [db_pics/pics/CT939c.jpg] Varlamoffite from Hingston Down, Cornwall, England [db_pics/pics/CT939d.jpg]

Bright yellow Varlamoffite, a tine oxide mineral, on matrix. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


CT940 - Sylvialite $ 50 SOLD
Loitsch Quarry, Weida, Greiz District, Thuringia, Germany
thumbnail - 3 x 2 x 1 cm


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Sylvialite from Loitsch Quarry, Weida, Greiz District, Thuringia, Germany [db_pics/pics/CT940a.jpg] Sylvialite from Loitsch Quarry, Weida, Greiz District, Thuringia, Germany [db_pics/pics/CT940b.jpg] Sylvialite from Loitsch Quarry, Weida, Greiz District, Thuringia, Germany [db_pics/pics/CT940c.jpg]

Sylvialite in a dark Diabase matrix. Sylvialite is a rare mineral in the Scapolite group of minerals, known from only a handful of localities worldwide. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection. Purchased by Chuck at the Tucson show in 2001 for a cost of $40.


CT915 - Nissonite $ 50 SOLD
Panoche Valley, San Benito Co., California, USA
small cabinet - 6 x 4 x 1 cm


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Nissonite from Panoche Valley, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT915a.jpg] Nissonite from Panoche Valley, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT915b.jpg] Nissonite from Panoche Valley, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT915c.jpg] Nissonite from Panoche Valley, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT915d.jpg]

Blue//green Nissonite, a rare phosphate mineral, on matrix from the type locality. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection. From MINDAT: Named for William H. Nisson (1912–1965), amateur mineralogist, mineral collector and dealer, of Petaluma, California, USA, who first noted the mineral.


CT923 - Guitermanite with Zunyite $ 120 SOLD
Zuni Mine, Silverton, Colorado, USA
small cabinet - 7 x 5 x 2.5 cm


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Guitermanite with Zunyite from Zuni Mine, Silverton, Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/CT923a.jpg] Guitermanite with Zunyite from Zuni Mine, Silverton, Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/CT923b.jpg] Guitermanite with Zunyite from Zuni Mine, Silverton, Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/CT923c.jpg] Guitermanite with Zunyite from Zuni Mine, Silverton, Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/CT923d.jpg] Guitermanite with Zunyite from Zuni Mine, Silverton, Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/CT923e.jpg] Guitermanite with Zunyite from Zuni Mine, Silverton, Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/CT923f.jpg]

Guitermanite, a rare lead arsenic and sulfur mineral, from the only know locality for the species. The Zuni Mine is a former Cu-Pb-Ag occurrence/mine located on Anvil Mountain, about 3 miles north of Silverton. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


CT929 - Mooreite $ 50 SOLD
Sterling Hill, Franklin, New Jersey, USA
thumbnail - 3 x 3 x 2 cm


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Mooreite from Sterling Hill, Franklin, New Jersey, USA [db_pics/pics/CT929a.jpg] Mooreite from Sterling Hill, Franklin, New Jersey, USA [db_pics/pics/CT929b.jpg] Mooreite from Sterling Hill, Franklin, New Jersey, USA [db_pics/pics/CT929c.jpg] Mooreite from Sterling Hill, Franklin, New Jersey, USA [db_pics/pics/CT929d.jpg]

Mooreite on matrix from the type locality (and one of the only known localities) for the species. Named in honor of Gideon Emmet Moore who studied the minerals of Sterling Hill and Franklin, New Jersey and named the minerals brushite, chalcophanite, cryptokallite, and hetaerolite. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


CT935 - Luzonite $ 50 SOLD
Chinhuashi, Keelung, Taiwan
thumbnail - 1 x 1 x 0.5 cm


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Luzonite from Chinhuashi, Keelung, Taiwan [db_pics/pics/CT935a.jpg] Luzonite from Chinhuashi, Keelung, Taiwan [db_pics/pics/CT935b.jpg] Luzonite from Chinhuashi, Keelung, Taiwan [db_pics/pics/CT935c.jpg] Luzonite from Chinhuashi, Keelung, Taiwan [db_pics/pics/CT935d.jpg]

Black Luzonite crystals from a now closed locality. Luzonite is a rare Copper and Arsenic Sulfide mineral. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.

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