Calcite on Fluorite, Bethel Level, Annabel Lee Mine, Ozark-Mahoning Company, Harris Creek District, Southern Illinois, Mined c. 1985-1990, Tolonen Collection, Medium Cabinet 7.0 x 11.0 x 14.0 cm $2500. SOLD
Group of fluorite crystals to 9.5 cm on edge. Note: Intense butterscotch orange fluorite center (6.5 cm) overlaid with rich lemon yellow and a light pastel blue rim, localized 'dusting' of purple color as 'halos' around micro chalcopyrite and association with lustrous, prismatic modified calcite all hallmarks from the Bethel Level. Unusually large crystals from mine and superlative color. Tolonen Collection. Provenance: Les Tolonen collection (acquired in district ca. 1985-1988); sold to Ross Lillie November 2015. Tiny edge chip on long edge of main crystal and small cleaves on lesser edge crystals. Entered into Ross C. Lillie Collection database as RCL2556.