Con. Virginia Mine Ore Specimen #109466

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Con. Virginia Mine Ore Specimen  #109466
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Nice sized hand specimen of ore from the Consolidated Virginia Mine in the heart of the Comstock, Virginia City, Nevada. This ore specimen is a 1-1/2-pound chunk of the kind of rock that made the Comstock famous and accelerated statehood for Nevada before the turn of the 20th century. It is a highly siliceous rock, impregnated with silver sulfides and electrum (an alloy of gold and silver). The "Con Virginia" was the site of an incredibly rich discovery of high-grade ore that soon would put John Mackay among the "Silver Barons" and one of the richest men in the world at that time. On a tour of the underground workings with Mackay, Territorial Enterprise journalist Dan De Quille was left speechless but found his voice again in reporting what he eventually called "The Big Bonanza" to the world, and leading Mackay to become known as "The Bonanza King." The Con Virginia was located approximately along E Street between Union and Mill Streets where the Silverland Hotel is today. This specimen bears that legacy of wealth and history unique to the Comstock. State: Nevada City: Virginia City Date: