Gold



Gold, an exceedingly rare mineral locally, was reported from Sterling Hill by Frondel (1972), who noted the original verification by Paul Chorney of the New Jersey Zinc Company in 1940. Gold occurs as bright yellow microscopic flakes, commonly untarnished. One such flake, of exceedingly bright yellow color, was examined by this writer, using energy-dispersive X-ray analysis, and found to have Au > > Ag. Gold has not been verified from Franklin, but small amounts likely occur there unobserved. At Sterling Hill, gold occurs interstitially in chalcocite-rich ore. On casual visual observation, gold may be confused with kittatinnyite and can be distinguished by its sectility. As noted by Frondel (1972), many specimens are labeled fictitiously. (Dunn, 1995)

 Location Found: Ogdensburg
     
 
     
 Formula: Au
 Essential Elements: Gold
 All Elements in Formula: Gold
     
 IMA Status: Valid - first described prior to 1959 (pre-IMA) - "Grandfathered"
     
     
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 References:
Dunn, Pete J. (1995). Franklin and Sterling Hill New Jersey: the world's most magnificent mineral deposits. Franklin, NJ.: The Franklin-Ogdensburg Mineralogical Society. p.520

Frondel, Clifford (1972). The minerals of Franklin and Sterling Hill, a checklist. NY.: John Willey & Sons. p.58


The Picking Table References
 PT Issue and PageDescription / Comment
View IssueV. 28, No. 1 - Spring 1987, pg. 20A Fist-sized Piece of Ore, Helen U. and Joseph D. Warinsky, Gold
View IssueV. 17, No. 2 - September 1976, pg. 4Mineral Notes - Rutile/Gold (small article)
View IssueV. 7, No. 2 - August 1966, pg. 9The Minerals of Sterling Hill 1962-65 by Frank Z. Edwards - Gold
     
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