Silver



Silver was first reported from Franklin by Palache (1935) and from Sterling Hill by Frondel (1972); it may be relatively more abundant at Sterling Hill, but, in general, it is an exceedingly rare mineral locally. It occurs as wires, sheets, and thin films and is commonly surficially altered to a dull brown or black color. Silver is identified by its sectility and color. No chemical analyses exist.
Palache reported silver, found in 1909 on the 1050 level, 400 feet south of the Parker Shaft at Franklin, as interrupted thin films between octahedral magnetite crystals and massive chalcocite, associated with quartz. The assemblage was preserved in systematic collections, but has not been studied in detail. An occurrence of silver below the 700 level at Sterling Hill was reported by Jenkins and Misiur (1994). (Dunn, 1995)


 Location Found: Franklin and Ogdensburg
     
 
     
 Formula: Ag
 Essential Elements: Silver
 All Elements in Formula: Silver
     
 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.523

Frondel, Clifford (1972). The minerals of Franklin and Sterling Hill, a checklist. NY.: John Willey & Sons. p.76


The Picking Table References
 PT Issue and PageDescription / Comment
View IssueV. 35, No. 2 - Fall 1994, pg. 21A Complex Base-Metal Assemblage From the Sterling Mine New Jersey - Silver
View IssueV. 17, No. 1 - March 1976, pg. 5Sterling Hill Minerals - Native Silver
View IssueV. 10, No. 2 - August 1969, pg. 7Mineral Notes - Native Wire Silver from Sterling Hill
View IssueV. 3, No. 1 - February 1962, pg. 6Silver in New Jersey
     
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