David K. Joyce

Cobalt/Gowganda Area, Ontario -Silver Specimens

The Cobalt mining camp has been the source of incredible amounts of silver over the past century. The ore was, for the most part, native silver associated with cobalt-nickel and iron arsenides and antimonides. Over 600 million ounces have been produced from this amazing place. Here are a number of specimens of silver from Cobalt and the relatively nearby Gowganda.

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Silver, ArsenopyriteCobalt/Gowganda Area, Ontario -Silver Specimens
  • Item #13635
  • Silver, Arsenopyrite
  • 12.0x8.3x4.8 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: a-7mm
  • $150.00
  • Siscoe Mine
  • Cobalt
    Ontario, Canada
  • Interesting mineralogical texture here! This piece shows relatively large crystal sections of arsenopyrite thickly embedded in both calcite and wall rock. Of course there is lots of native silver in between the arsenopyrite crystals and in a peculiar line that runs diagonally through the specimen. Rough one side and sawn on the other so that you can see mineralogical texture from two perspectives. Nice!
SilverCobalt/Gowganda Area, Ontario -Silver Specimens
  • Item #15369
  • Silver
  • 9.4x6.5x3.0 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $85.00
  • Christopher Mine
  • Cobalt
    Ontario, Canada
  • A heavy specimen of silver in arsenides, sliced on one side to reveal the mineralization texture. Some of the silver is dendritic while some of it is in veinlets, apparently remobilized out of the arsenides. Rich!
SilverCobalt/Gowganda Area, Ontario -Silver Specimens
  • Item #16586
  • Silver
  • 13.7x11.8x0.6 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 18mm
  • $85.00
  • Beaver-Temiskaming mine
  • Cobalt
    Ontario, Canada
  • Exquisite dendritic silver is laced through the dolomite in this high grade. Beautiful dendrites up to 18mm or so are associated with a small amount of arsenide mineralization. Really nice!
Silver, ArsenidesCobalt/Gowganda Area, Ontario -Silver Specimens
  • Item #17054
  • Silver, Arsenides
  • 7.3x7.4x4.0 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $75.00
  • Castle Mine
  • Gowganda
    Ontario, Canada
  • This is a heavy vein section that has had most of the calcite removed to reveal a thick plate of calcite on both side of the vein. The top one is the thickest. The arsenides have not been analysed but appear to be, probably safflorite and skutterudite, although there appear to be others in the mix. Native silver is laced through the arsenides. Rich! Displays well!
Silver, ArsenidesCobalt/Gowganda Area, Ontario -Silver Specimens
  • Item #27096
  • Silver, Arsenides
  • 22.2x15.4x0.6 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $800.00
  • Cobalt
    Ontario, Canada
  • This slice of super-high grade silver mineralization shows a little associated dolomite and dark-grey arsenide. The silver is present as fine dendritic crystals, thick solid silver, in the center of the vein and veinlets cutting here and there. Really amazing high grade from the old days. Looks super!
Silver, ArsenidesCobalt/Gowganda Area, Ontario -Silver Specimens
  • Item #27097
  • Silver, Arsenides
  • 23.0x14.8x0.5 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $800.00
  • Cobalt
    Ontario, Canada
  • Mostly silver!! This incredible slice of high grade silver shows fine dendritic formation, thick, solid silver and veinlets cutting sparse carbonate and arsenide vein matrix. Quite something!
Silver, ArsenidesCobalt/Gowganda Area, Ontario -Silver Specimens
  • Item #27099
  • Silver, Arsenides
  • 20.5x14.2x0.8 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $950.00
  • Cobalt
    Ontario, Canada
  • A rather astonishing example of high grade silver-arsenide mineralization, mostly silver! It is a thick slize of high grade showing lots of fine dendritic silver formations along with just solid silver and veinlets. Amazing! From one of the largest concentrated areas of of silver in the world!
Silver, ArsenidesCobalt/Gowganda Area, Ontario -Silver Specimens
  • Item #27081
  • Silver, Arsenides
  • 7.6x5.7x4.5 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $65.00
  • Cobalt
    Ontario, Canada
  • This si a fragment of chalcite that has veinlets of silver cutting through it. It is an old piece and the silver leaves are tarnished black. The top of the specimen is an arsenide vein consisting of nickeline and a coupel of other more silvery arsenides. The old, antique label that accompanies it says "Glaucodot" but I don't know if that it true. Glaucodot is pretty rare at Cobalt and that may have been a fanciful determination by an early geologist or collector at Cobalt. There is one unusual arsenide in the vein, very dark with conchoidal fracture. It has not been analysed. An oldie!
Silver, ArsenidesCobalt/Gowganda Area, Ontario -Silver Specimens
  • Item #26740
  • Silver, Arsenides
  • 9.5x6.0x2.8 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $140.00
  • Bailey Mine
  • Cobalt
    Ontario, Canada
  • A heavy vein section of rich silver and a mixture of nickel and cobalt arsenides. Dense! Sawn on one end to expose the silver and arsenide structure. Very rich.
Silver, ArsenidesCobalt/Gowganda Area, Ontario -Silver Specimens
  • Item #26749
  • Silver, Arsenides
  • 9.4x8.5x2.2 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $85.00
  • Capitol Mine
  • Gowganda
    Ontario, Canada
  • Beautiful, curved aggregates of dendritic silver coated with arsenide mineralization is well exposed on the sawn sade of this calcite-silver vein. Very rich!
Silver, ArsenidesCobalt/Gowganda Area, Ontario -Silver Specimens
  • Item #28140
  • Silver, Arsenides
  • 9.6x7.1x2.9 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $65.00
  • Bailey Mine
  • Cobalt
    Ontario, Canada
  • The top portion of this sawn-one-side specimen is a carbonite-silver-arsenide vein showing rich native silver in veinlets, dendrites and as veinlets in the wall rock below the vein.
SilverCobalt/Gowganda Area, Ontario -Silver Specimens
  • Item #28141
  • Silver
  • 10.1x5.7x2.2 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $120.00
  • Cobalt Lode Mine
  • Cobalt
    Ontario, Canada
  • Not much arsenide in this one, just extremely rich veins, clots and dendrites of native silver in carbonate vein matrix.
Silver, ArsenidesCobalt/Gowganda Area, Ontario -Silver Specimens
  • Item #28145
  • Silver, Arsenides
  • 12.6x6.9x0.9 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $70.00
  • Lumsden Mine
  • Cobalt
    Ontario, Canada
  • A rich slice of high grade silver ore from the famous Cobalt Silver mining area. The Lumsden Mine was part of a mining complex beside Brady Lake that produced 7 million or so troy ounces of silver! This is why!
Silver, ArsenidesCobalt/Gowganda Area, Ontario -Silver Specimens
  • Item #28146
  • Silver, Arsenides
  • 14.4x9.6 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $160.00
  • Beaver Mine
  • Cobalt
    Ontario, Canada
  • This portion of silver vein is mostly silver with a coating of arsenide mineralization. The silver is in fine dendrites and very rich. Silver is also present as thick veins or clots. Very rich, high-grade!!
Silver, in Nipissing DiabaseCobalt/Gowganda Area, Ontario -Silver Specimens
  • Item #28147
  • Silver, in Nipissing Diabase
  • 7.6x7.0x3.9 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $75.00
  • Bailey Mine
  • Cobalt
    Ontario, Canada
  • This was a veinlet of silver cutting through very coarse diabase. It has been split to reveal the silver that is now a "plate" and has the impressions of the feldspar and amphibole crystals imprinted in the silver. The Nipissing Diabase is considered to be related to the genesis of the silver deposits at Cobalt, somehow. Interesting piece!