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Samsonite

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Formula:
Ag4MnSb2S6
System:
Monoclinic
Colour:
Black
Hardness:
Name:
Named after its discovery locality, the Samson vein, Andreasberg, Harz, Germany.
This page provides mineralogical data about Samsonite.

Classification of Samsonite

Valid - first described prior to 1959 (pre-IMA) - "Grandfathered"
2.GA.15

2 : SULFIDES and SULFOSALTS (sulfides, selenides, tellurides; arsenides, antimonides, bismuthides; sulfarsenites, sulfantimonites, sulfbismuthites, etc.)
G : Sulfarsenites, sulfantimonites, sulfbismuthites
A : Neso-sulfarsenites, etc. without additional S
3.4.12.1

3 : SULFOSALTS
4 : ø = 3
5.8.1

5 : Sulphosalts - Sulpharsenites and Sulphobismuthites (those containing Sn, Ge,or V are in Section 6)
8 : Sulpharsenites etc. of Mn, Fe, Co and Ni
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First Recorded Occurrence of Samsonite

Year of Discovery:
1910

Physical Properties of Samsonite

Metallic
Diaphaneity (Transparency):
Opaque
Colour:
Black
Hardness (Mohs):
Density:
5.461 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Crystallography of Samsonite

Crystal System:
Monoclinic
Class (H-M):
2/m - Prismatic
Space Group:
P21/m
Cell Parameters:
a = 10.3861(6) Å, b = 8.1108(7) Å, c = 6.663(7) Å
β = 92.639(12)°
Ratio:
a:b:c = 1.281 : 1 : 0.821
Unit Cell Volume:
V 560.69 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Z:
2
Comment:
P21/n setting

Crystallographic forms of Samsonite

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Samsonite - Short prismatic {110}
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Chemical Properties of Samsonite

Formula:
Ag4MnSb2S6
Essential elements:
All elements listed in formula:
Common Impurities:
Cu,Fe

Relationship of Samsonite to other Species

2.GA.05ProustiteAg3AsS3
2.GA.05PyrargyriteAg3SbS3
2.GA.10PyrostilpniteAg3SbS3
2.GA.10XanthoconiteAg3AsS3
2.GA.20SkinneriteCu3SbS3
2.GA.20WitticheniteCu3BiS3
2.GA.25LapieiteNiCuSbS3
2.GA.25MückeiteNiCu(Bi,Sb)S3
2.GA.25MalyshevitePdCuBiS3
2.GA.25LisiguangitePtCuBiS3
2.GA.30AktashiteCu6Hg3As4S12
2.GA.30GruzdeviteCu6Hg3Sb4S12
2.GA.30NowackiiteCu6Zn3As4S12
2.GA.35LaffittiteAgHgAsS3
2.GA.40RouthieriteTl(Cu,Ag)(Hg,Zn)2(As,Sb)2S6
2.GA.40StalderiteTl(Cu,Ag)(Zn,Fe,Hg)2(As,Sb)2S6
2.GA.45ErniggliiteTl2SnAs2S6
2.GA.50BournonitePbCuSbS3
2.GA.50SeligmannitePbCuAsS3
2.GA.50SoučekitePbCuBi(S,Se)3
5.8.2UchucchacuaiteAgMnPb3Sb5S12
5.8.3BenavidesitePb4(Mn,Fe)Sb6S14
5.8.4BerthieriteFeSb2S4
5.8.5JamesonitePb4FeSb6S14
5.8.6Parajamesonite
5.8.7GaravelliteFeSbBiS4
5.8.8IzoklakeitePb27(Cu,Fe,Ag)2(Sb,Bi)19S57
5.8.9MiharaiteCu4FePbBiS6
5.8.10Sakharovaite
5.8.11ArsenohauchecorniteNi18Bi3AsS16
5.8.12TučekiteNi9Sb2S8
5.8.13BismutohauchecorniteNi9Bi2S8
5.8.14ParkeriteNi3Bi2S2
5.8.15HauchecorniteNi9Bi(Sb,Bi)S8
5.8.16TellurohauchecorniteNi9Bi(Te,Bi)S8
5.8.17LapieiteNiCuSbS3
5.8.18MückeiteNiCu(Bi,Sb)S3
5.8.19Vozhminite(Ni,Co)4(As,Sb)S2

Other Names for Samsonite

Name in Other Languages:
German:Samsonit
Simplified Chinese:硫锑锰银矿
Spanish:Samsonita

Other Information

Health Risks:
No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

References for Samsonite

Reference List:
Werner and Fraatz (1910), Cbl. Min.: 331.

Palache, Charles (1934), Contributions to crystallography; claudetite, minasragrite, samsonite, native selenium, indium: American Mineralogist: 19: 194-205; …(abstract): American Mineralogist: 19: 128 (1934).

Frondel, C. (1941), American Mineralogist: 26: 25.

Palache, Charles, Harry Berman & Clifford Frondel (1944), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana Yale University 1837-1892, Volume I: Elements, Sulfides, Sulfosalts, Oxides. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York. 7th edition, revised and enlarged: 393-395.

Zeitschrift für Kristallographie: 140: 87-99.

Picot-Johan (1982): 334.

Bulletin of the National Museum, Prague (1997): 4-5, 172-176.

American Mineralogist, Volume 92, pages 886-891, 2007

Internet Links for Samsonite

Localities for Samsonite

map shows a selection of localities that have latitude and longitude coordinates recorded. Click on the symbol to view information about a locality. The symbol next to localities in the list can be used to jump to that position on the map.
(TL) indicates type locality for a valid mineral species. (FRL) indicates first recorded locality for everything else. ? indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. All other localities listed without reference should be considered as uncertain and unproven until references can be found.
Canada
 
  • Ontario
    • Timiskaming District
      • Cobalt-Gowganda region
        • Cobalt area
          • Coleman Township
Ramdohr, Paul, 1969, The Ore Minerals and their Intergrowths, Pergamon Press, p. 779.
China
 
  • Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
    • Ulanhad League (Chifeng Prefecture)
      • Linxi Co.
        • Guandi
Baisheng Zhang (1998): Mineral Resources and Geology 12(5), 318-323
Czech Republic
 
  • Bohemia (Böhmen; Boehmen)
    • Central Bohemia Region
      • Příbram
        • Dubenec
Litochleb et al. (1997) Bull. Nár. muz. (Praha)
Germany
 
  • Lower Saxony
    • Harz
      • St Andreasberg District
        • St Andreasberg
American Mineralogist, Volume 92, pages 886-891, 2007
Sweden
 
  • Dalarna
    • Hedemora
      • Garpenberg
[GFF 118, A53; MinRec 33:168]; American Mineralogist (1998): 83: 1117.
USA
 
  • Nevada
    • Mineral Co.
NBMG Spec. Pub. 31 Minerals of Nevada
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