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Chollar and Chollar-Potosi Mines - Gold & Silver Specimens

Currency:USD Category:Collectibles / Rocks, Fossils & Minerals Start Price:450.00 USD Estimated At:900.00 - 1,400.00 USD
Chollar and Chollar-Potosi Mines - Gold & Silver Specimens
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This item SOLD at 2018 Mar 16 @ 09:27UTC-7 : PDT/MST
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Lot of 4 samples of silver-gold Comstock ore ranging in size from two to over 3 inches in dimension. Two are from the Chollar mine and two are from the Chollar-Potosi Mine. Minerals include Argentite, Mn minerals from the upper level of the Chollar-Potosi mine on the Comstock Lode. One sample lists Gold + Argentite + Psilomelane from the Chollar surface of the Comstock Lode. The latter minerals are black manganese oxides including hollandite and romanechite. Founded by William “Billy” Chollar in 1859, the original Chollar claim was 1,400 feet in length and 400 feet in width. In 1861, the nearby Potosi mine discovered an ore body that dipped into the Chollar and sued its neighbor. Later, the Chollar found rich ore that reached into the Potosi Mine and filed another suit. It started one of the costliest litigation cases in Comstock history, eventually spending 1.3 million dollars in prosecuting and defending their respective complaints. In April 1865 the two companies merged to form the Chollar–Potosi Mining Co. The mine yielded some $17 million from 1861 to the 1920’s, making it the 5th largest producer on the Comstock. Date: Location: Virginia City, Nevada HWAC# 60868