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Cerussite from Tsumeb

Posted by Zach Berghorst  
Zach Berghorst July 12, 2012 06:50PM
This is a cerussite from the Tsumeb Mine, Namibia. It measures 2 x 1.5 x 1 inches and appears to have little damage. How much would this specimen be worth retail? I bought it at a mineral shop and am wondering if I made a good deal or not.
Any help is apreciated.
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Rock Currier July 12, 2012 10:15PM
Probably worth $100 or less.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
Zach Berghorst July 13, 2012 06:05AM
Well, that's double what I paid for it thanks.
Reiner Mielke July 16, 2012 11:49PM
Come on Rock you can do better than that, at least give a lower limit! My lower limit would be $40, so say somewhere between $40 and $100
Rock Currier July 17, 2012 09:37AM
OK you forced me into it. My lower limit is $1.06 when the guy finds it as part of a bunch of rocks at a yard sale by someone who doesn't no what it was. The six cents was the gas to get him to the yard sale which was 150 feet from his house.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
Jolyon & Katya Ralph July 17, 2012 09:56AM
It's certainly worth less than $13,500
Debbie Woolf July 17, 2012 10:09AM
I think you paid to much.
Jolyon & Katya Ralph July 17, 2012 10:18AM
I don't think it's too bad. I'd say the $50 was about right.
John Stolz July 18, 2012 06:12PM

I think you're asking the wrong question. Your question should be "what is it worth to me?" Obviously you don't want to overpay for something--but even if you do, why would that diminish your ability to enjoy it? Unless you're trying to get a sense of relative value so you can make money as a dealer, I wouldn't sweat it. The reality is that something could be worth more if someone was available that wanted to pay it.

To make things worse, you yourself can have different ideas of what stuff is worth at different points in time. I remember bidding an online auction for a piece that I was willing to go up to $100. The price was around $50 or so, but I wanted to wait until the last minute. Well, I never got the chance--the next time I checked it was above $100, and it closed at $250. A few months later, I saw the same piece resurface at auction--turns out the winner didn't pay on close of auction. I ended up getting it for around $50. So tell me, what's it worth? And, does it really matter?

Zach Berghorst July 23, 2012 12:20AM
I think you're absolutely right. The only reason I ask is because I sell my low-end stuff to fund a better collection (though I am far from professional considering I usually have a budget for under $100 per piece, which can limit the quality of my collection). So when I get better pieces in the future, I want to make sure that I can sell pieces, like this, further down the road for at least what I got for it or more. Maybe it isn't worth that much to any serious collector right now, but I find it interesting and worth it so I guess that's all that really matters. And who knows, as Tsumeb pieces become fewer and fewer, it might be worth more in the future (certainly not $13,500, but worth getting my money back once I'm done admiring it).
John Stolz August 13, 2012 05:05AM
Well, I don't know if my opinion is worth anything, because we have different styles: I like to hold off buying, but then get the best I can. If that means going into the 4 figures, then so be it. But regardless, there's something that attracts your eye to the specimen that you want. Maybe it's a coolness factor; maybe a locality; or whatever. But it would appear that price is a serious consideration--which doesn't give you a lot of wiggle room because it's kind of tough to wiggle at $100 or less. Consider how Rock responded to your requests--and how he responds to many such questions. I think he's right to give an upper value. If it were me, and you were just unloading stuff that you got a better specimen of, then I'd try to recover what you paid for it, remembering that dealer stock can sit on the shelf for years. Of course, the $20 Sweet Home Mine Rhodo you bought 30 years ago for $75 might be worth a hell of a lot more now... But I got to think you can trust your judgement when you price it. For what it's worth, when I started out collecting, I bought lots of cheaper stuff pretty indiscriminately and got tired quickly of the stuff I have. I also am quite sure I paid too much for it.

Regards, John
Leor Goldberg May 03, 2013 09:15PM
Its a pretty nice piece.. I'd say $150. Little to no damage that I can see, and simply because it's a nice piece from Tsumeb, means it's worth a bit more. I think $100-$150
Simone Citon May 06, 2013 07:58AM
Common, but well twinned, aesthetically sculptural, associated with Linarite...mmmh 75 € is my valuation.

Simone Citon
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