posted on Dec, 7 2011 @ 05:51 PM
Hi copperhead, finally got the pics up eh
In lieu of me flying over to the states and examining it, I'm going to stick with my original assesment. It is merely silver zinc copper ore
It is a mixture (i.e. not a molecule of the above elements) and therefore does not have a mineralogical name (it is too metallic looking for the
sphalerite I originally mentioned). I can see the copper in it myself and the blackness of the crust and the specific gravity tell me the 'silver'
component is indeed mainly silver with minor zinc. Also the region you found it in is known for having these deposits in it. I think the dept. of
mines assessment is about as accurate as you'll get. Those guys usually know what they're looking at.
It is not a meterorite for as much as everyone is led to believe, very very few meterorites are metallic on the inside and the texture on the outside
is wrong. I am also leaning away from coal slag for slag will not have the granular texture on the metallic core that your pics seem to have.
I also find it interesting your meteorite man says because the piece was not magnetic it is not a meteor. Very few meteors are magnetic as far as i
know. And most meterorites have a very small iron component to them anyway. Not even most iron ore minerals are magnetic. There are a few other weakly
magnetic minerals but as far as I know they are no more likely to end up in a meterorite than any of the non-magnetic ones.
Also I wouldn't expect to get too much for it if you were to sell it for the amount of work needed to get any usable silver out of it would be to
expensive on a piece that small. You'd probably make more money selling it as an interesting rock specimen than you would for the silver content.