Agua de Castilla, Quijarro Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia
2.4x 1.1 cm
(From my personal
is a spectacular specimen for the locality, a rather thick silver wire
on an acanthite matrix, certainly one of the best (and very few)
matrix wires I've seen for sale from the locality.
mines at Porco have operated since the 1500's, and were among the the
primary sources of Spain's silver for hundreds of years.
all the ore that Porco has produced over the centuries, remarkably few
specimens exist from the mine. In fact, it seems that it is
easier to obtain antique Spanish coinage minted from Bolivian silver
than it is to obtain raw specimens, even though the mine operates to
all, this is an excellent specimen from a historic locality.