Species: Native Copper
Locality: Phoenix mine, Phoenix, Keweenaw County, Michigan USA
Dimensions: 5.5 x 4.5 x 3.4 cm.
The Phoenix mine, perhaps more than any other single locality in the northern half of the fabled Michigan Copper Country, is known as THE specimen producer, in terms of quantity but certainly in terms of quality for crystallized copper specimens. This is a very fine large miniature-sized specimen which features complex, multi-generational, very sharp twinned copper crystals showing a lovely reddish-black cuprite/tenorite patina. Showing a combination of cubic, twinned tetrahexehedral, and dodecahdral crystal forms, this undamaged, complete “floater” specimen is a joy to study from multiple perspectives, and has great overall aesthetics and form. From the noted collection of Michigan Copper Country specialist William “Bill” Severance of West Grove, Pennsylvania. Annette Slade photo. Classic!