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Was doing some rock hunting/Mding and got a sound off on some copper ore..It has a bit of peacock copper in it and was wondering if that was what set my detector off. The rock I busted out is very heavy and shows some what I believe is silver as well..I wonder if there may be some gold hidden in it also and how would you seperate the ores?

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Sklybones-

It looks like you have either bournite or chalcopyrite from your description. Both of these ores can contain minor amounts of silver and gold but I doubt you actually be able to see them and it would take a lot of that ore to be worth anything. I have found some suphides like these with my detector along with galena. I think the colors you are describing is the iridescence found in those specimens. Nice find anyway you look at it.

Steve

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My detector will certainly sound off on bornite I tested it on. From what you describe this could be a VERY high grade copper deposit and worth really looking into existing claims and land ownership. Also worth having it assayed for copper, silver and gold too. From my mining days it is not something I would just chalk up as a neat find but a potentially valuable deposit worth some research. Now, if you found it at an old mining dump then forget all that stuff I just said.

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These are from the vein they are not from a tailings pile sorry for the bad pics all I have is my cellphone right now And I was using a minelab xt18000

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