Dims: 1.6 x 0.8 x 0.8" (4.1 x 2.0 x 2.0 cm)
Wt: 13.1 g
Childs-Alwinkle Mine, Copper Creek, Pinal County, Arizona, U.S.A.
This small thumbnail specimen consists of at least 12 hexagonal Molybdenite platelets that rest on a quartz-encrusted base rock. These platelets do not exceed 0.3" (8 mm) in diameter or 1 mm in thickness, and are in generally good condition, though a few of them show some damage in the form of bent crystals. Their form is generally fair, as many of the crystals do not show their characteristic hexagonal shape. All have a moderate gray color and a metallic luster, and are very soft and easy to bend. They rest on a bed of broken, rust-stained quartz crystals that coat a rusty, quartz-bearing base rock.