GOLD ORE, Homestake mine, South Dakota (db2002-6)


GOLD ORE with visible gold leaf on chlorite/quartz matrix from the famous Homestake Mine near Lead, South Dakota. From the collection of Gene LaBerge.

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GOLD ORE with visible gold leaf on chlorite/quartz matrix from the famous Homestake Mine near Lead, South Dakota. From the collection of Gene LaBerge.

GOLD is a native element and precious metal. It occurs in three main types of deposits: in hydrothermal quartz veins in igneous and metamorphic rocks; in volcanic-exhalative sulfide deposits; and, in placer deposits. Gold belongs to the Isometric crystal system. Hardness is 2.5 – 3 on the Mohs scale.

LocationHomestake Mine, Lead, Lead Mining District, Lawrence Co., South Dakota, USA

The Homestake Mine was a major gold/silver mine some 0.5 miles NE of Lead, South Dakota. Discovered in 1875 by Moses Manuel and Frank Harney. The original claim was filed in April 1876. Owned by the Homestake Mining Company. Closed in 2002. Produced 1.7 million tons of ore in 1984. Ore from the Homestake usually consists of masses of chlorite and quartz with leaves, rods of irregular masses of free gold attached.

Specimen size: 2.0 x 1.6 x 1.4 inches

Specimen weight: 60 grams (2.1 ounces)


Weight 10 oz
Dimensions 5 × 5 × 5 in


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