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    Gold Telluride......

    I have access to tons of this stuff.....Calaverite/Telluride.... I posted a lot of pics in Todays Finds..... What is this one piece worth? It is a little over 2.5 inches wide and weighs 110 grams.... Thanks
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    If you're talking "tons" as in "thousands and thousands of pounds", then send a sample off for assay. If the results come back good, then either find a place that can process the ore and keep the majority of its worth, or learn how to break down the minerals to separate the gold. ...Seems like Sulfuric acid is used, but I could be mistaken.
    "...I've got silver in the stars and gold in the morning sun" - Don Williams

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    You could also try a few chunks on e-bay. Specimens might do well.

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    Looks like
    Fools gold
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    You'd be very rich if that is Calaverite,as Calaverite is about 40% gold.
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    Don't handle it too much or your hands will smell like garlic... I've been told.
    Chop wood..Carry water

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    Spec gravity is 9.1-9.3, so check that first. Calaverite/gold telluride can be dissolved in most acids and some alkalides, such as sulfuric acid. In hot sulfuric acid the mineral dissolves, leaving a spongy mass of gold in a red solution of tellurium.

    Do that outside, good luck and hope you found a bunch.
    Last edited by seekerGH; Sep 26, 2016 at 09:23 PM.
    the first 5 days after the weekend are the toughest...

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    Calaverite is often passed over because it resembles pyrite.
    Calaverite has a gold streak while pyrite is brown black to greenish black.
    You could try that.
    Chop wood..Carry water

 

 

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