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GALENA (LEAD ORE) - Machen Quarry, Caerphilly, Wales

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GALENA

Machen Quarry, Caerphilly, Wales

A small but good example of galena (lead ore) with a brilliant metallic lustre on the broken surface. This specimen is almost all galena.


Galena has been mined in Britain since Roman times, mostly from the Pennines, but also in Wales. The area around the village of Machen in Mid Glamorgan has seen several episodes of lead mining. The large road stone quarry at Machen is working dolomitic limestone and lead veins are frequently encountered.  This lustrous specimen of galena is from an old collection.              

Please note: Because it is an ore of lead, galena is very heavy for its size. 

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Size: 7 x 4.5 x 2.5 centimetres
Weight: 362 grams

PRICE: £10.00