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Although known for a century or more from Germany, American mineralogists Berman and Harcourt (1938) realized that the amalgam from Germany were not a random mixtures of silver and mercury, but rather crystals with a fixed ratio of silver to mercury. Using the newly discovered method of X-ray diffraction, they showed differences in the atomic structures of mercury-bearing silver and German amalgam crystals. They named the mineral moschellandsbergite after the locality.

This is a fine matrix moschellandsbergite with separate crystals to 6 mm scattered over a contrasting matrix. The crystals are a bit rounded, as is typical of the species. A Schortmann's Minerals label accompanies the specimen, with the note that is from the Leichtnur [sic] collection. That is likely a misspelling of the Lechner collection.