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Lautite - Sold

Lautite is a copper arsenic sulfide mineral named for its occurrence near Lauta (Frenzel, 1881). Although the Vater Abraham mine is near Lauta, the type locality is a nearby but different mine. Lautite here forms bladed crystals in radiating masses. There is later duller arsenic and some very late arsenolite octahedra. Some of the lautite cleavage planes reach 1.2 cm long. This is a good piece of a rare sulfide. Confirmed by SEM-EDS analysis. There is a vintage Krantz label that accompanies this piece. This specimen was part of the personal collection of Ralph Merrill, proprietor of the prolific mail order business Minerals Unlimited. Merrill's collection card and label also ship with the specimen.