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Auricupride

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Formula:
Cu3Au
System:
Orthorhombic
Colour:
Pink
Lustre:
Metallic
Hardness:
Name:
Named after its chemical composition, being a natural alloy of Gold (Latin: aurum) and Copper (Latin: cuprum)
This page provides mineralogical data about Auricupride.

Classification of Auricupride

Valid - first described prior to 1959 (pre-IMA) - "Grandfathered"
1.AA.10a

1 : ELEMENTS (Metals and intermetallic alloys; metalloids and nonmetals; carbides, silicides, nitrides, phosphides)
A : Metals and Intermetallic Alloys
A : Copper-cupalite family
Dana 7th ed.:
1.1.2.1
1.1.2.1

1 : NATIVE ELEMENTS AND ALLOYS
1 : Metals, other than the Platinum Group
1.6

1 : Elements and Alloys (including the arsenides, antimonides and bismuthides of Cu, Ag and Au)
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Type Occurrence of Auricupride

Year of Discovery:
1950

Occurrences of Auricupride

Geological Setting:
Serpentinites

Physical Properties of Auricupride

Metallic
Diaphaneity (Transparency):
Opaque
Colour:
Pink
Hardness (Mohs):
Hardness (Vickers):
VHN10=54 kg/mm2
Density:
11.5 g/cm3 (Measured)    13.77 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Crystallography of Auricupride

Crystal System:
Orthorhombic
Cell Parameters:
a = 3.88Å, b = 42.68Å, c = 3.84Å
Ratio:
a:b:c = 0.091 : 1 : 0.09
Unit Cell Volume:
V 635.90 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Morphology:
Massive, rims, irregular patches

Chemical Properties of Auricupride

Formula:
Cu3Au
Essential elements:
All elements listed in formula:

Relationship of Auricupride to other Species

Common Associates:
1.AA.05AluminiumAl
1.AA.05CopperCu
1.AA.05Electrum(Au, Ag)
1.AA.05GoldAu
1.AA.05LeadPb
1.AA.05NickelNi
1.AA.05SilverAg
1.AA.05UM2004-08-E:AuCuPd(Cu,Pd,Au)
1.AA.05UM1991-06-E:AuCuAu3Cu
1.AA.10bTetra-auricuprideAuCu
1.AA.10aCuproaurideCu3Au
1.AA.15AnyuiiteAu(Pb,Sb)2
1.AA.15Khatyrkite(Cu,Zn)Al2
1.AA.15IodineI2
1.AA.15NovodnepriteAuPb3
1.AA.15UM1985-02-E:AlZnZnAl2
1.AA.20Cupalite(Cu,Zn)Al
1.AA.25HunchuniteAu2Pb
1.1CopperCu
1.2SilverAg
1.5GoldAu
1.7Tetra-auricuprideAuCu
1.8ZincZn
1.9CadmiumCd
1.10DanbaiteCuZn2
1.11ZhanghengiteCuZn
1.12MercuryHg
1.13KolymiteCu7Hg6
1.14MoschellandsbergiteAg2Hg3
1.15EugeniteAg11Hg2
1.16SchachneriteAg1.1Hg0.9
1.17ParaschachneriteAg3Hg2
1.18LuanheiteAg3Hg
1.19Weishanite(Au,Ag)3Hg2
1.20IndiumIn
1.21AluminiumAl
1.22Khatyrkite(Cu,Zn)Al2
1.23Cupalite(Cu,Zn)Al
1.24DiamondC
1.25GraphiteC
1.26ChaoiteC
1.27LonsdaleiteC
1.28SiliconSi
1.29TinSn
1.30LeadPb
1.31AnyuiiteAu(Pb,Sb)2
1.31NovodnepriteAuPb3
1.32LeadamalgamPb0.7Hg0.3
1.33ArsenicAs
1.34ArsenolampriteAs
1.35PaxiteCuAs2
1.36KoutekiteCu5As2
1.37DomeykiteCu3As
1.38Algodonite(Cu1-xAsx)
1.39NovákiteCu20AgAs10
1.40KutinaiteAg6Cu14As7
1.41AntimonySb
1.42StibarsenAsSb
1.43ParadocrasiteSb3As
1.44HorsforditeCu, Sb
1.45CuprostibiteCu2(Sb,Tl)
1.46Allargentum(Ag1-xSbx)
1.47AurostibiteAuSb2
1.48DyscrasiteAg3Sb
1.49BismuthBi
1.50MaldoniteAu2Bi
1.51SulphurS8
1.52RosickýiteS
1.53SeleniumSe
1.54TelluriumTe
1.55ChromiumCr
1.56RheniumRe
1.57IronFe
1.58ChromferideFe3Cr1-x (x=0.6)
1.59FerchromideCr3Fe1-x
1.60WairauiteCoFe
1.61NickelNi
1.62Kamacite(Fe,Ni)
1.63Taenite(Fe,Ni)
1.64TetrataeniteFeNi
1.65AwaruiteNi3Fe
1.66Palladium(Pd,Pt)
1.67PotaritePdHg
1.68PaolovitePd2Sn
1.69Stannopalladinite(Pd,Cu)3Sn2
1.70CabriitePd2CuSn
1.71Taimyrite-I(Pd,Cu,Pt)3Sn
1.72Atokite(Pd,Pt)3Sn
1.73Rustenburgite(Pt,Pd)3Sn
1.74Zvyagintsevite(Pd,Pt,Au)3(Pb,Sn)
1.75PlumbopalladinitePd3Pb2
1.76Osmium(Os,Ir,Ru)
1.77Iridium(Ir,Os,Ru)
1.82PlatinumPt
1.83HongshiitePtCu
1.84NiggliitePtSn
1.85IsoferroplatinumPt3Fe
1.86TetraferroplatinumPtFe
1.87TulameenitePt2CuFe
1.88FerronickelplatinumPt2FeNi
1.89Rhodium(Rh,Pt)

Other Names for Auricupride

Name in Other Languages:

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 Auricupride

Reference List:
American Mineralogist: 62: 595.

Trudy Ural’skogo Filiala AN SSSR: 4: 35-45.

Doklady Akademii Nauk SSSR: 24: 454-457.

Zapiski Vserossiyskogo Mineralogicheskogo Obshchestva: 106: 540-552.

Internet Links for Auricupride

Localities for Auricupride

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.
Argentina
 
  • Salta
Sureda, R.J., Galliski, M.A., Gorustovich, S.A. Los minerales de uranio y cobre en la manifestacion nuclear Cajoncillo, provincia de Salta. 9 Congreso Geologico Argentino, 7: 407-417 1984.
Australia
 
  • Tasmania
    • Rosebery district
Bottrill & Baker in press - Catalogue of Minerals of Tasmania
Chile
 
  • Coquimbo Region
    • Elqui Province
extraLapis no.2, 43
Cyprus
 
  • Limassol District (Lemesos District; Limasol District; Leymosun District)
Handbook of Mineralogy
  • Nicosia District (Lefkoşa District; Lefkosia District)
Handbook of Mineralogy
Czech Republic
 
  • Moravia (Mähren; Maehren)
    • Vysočina Region
      • Štěpánov nad Svratkou
Velebil, D., Kráčmar, L.: Ložisko Borovec u Štěpánova (štěpánovský revír). Minerál, 2002, roč. 10, č. 3, s. 163-181
Greece
 
  • Epirus Department (Ipeiros)
    • Pindos Mtn
      • Pindos ophiolite complex
Argyrios Kapsiotis, Tassos A. Grammatikopoulos, Basilios Tsikouras and Konstantinos Hatzipanagiotou (2010): Platinum-Group Mineral Characterization in Concentrates from High-Grade PGE Al-rich Chromitites of Korydallos Area in the Pindos Ophiolite Complex (NW Greece). Resource Geology 60, 178-191.
Romania
 
  • Mehedinti Co.
Udubaªa, S. S., Constantinescu, S., Popescu-pogrion, N., Grecu, N. M. & Udubaªa, G. (2006) Mössbauer (ngr), Xrd, Tem/saed And Esr Investigations On Some Sulphides From Costeªti, Valea Lui Stan And Jidoªtiþa Gold Ores (southern Carpathians, Romania). Acta Miner.-Petrograph.,Abstract Series 5, Szeged, p.123
  • Vâlcea Co.
Udubaªa, S. S., Constantinescu, S., Popescu-pogrion, N., Grecu, N. M. & Udubaªa, G. (2006) Mössbauer (ngr), Xrd, Tem/saed And Esr Investigations On Some Sulphides From Costeªti, Valea Lui Stan And Jidoªtiþa Gold Ores (southern Carpathians, Romania). Acta Miner.-Petrograph.,Abstract Series 5, Szeged, p.123
Russia
 
  • Eastern-Siberian Region
    • Taymyrskiy Autonomous Okrug
      • Taimyr Peninsula
        • Putoran Plateau
          • Noril'sk
Fleischer M, Cabri L J, Nickel E H, Pabst A (1977) New mineral names, American Mineralogist 62, 593-600
Handbook of Mineralogy
  • Urals Region
    • Southern Urals
      • Chelyabinsk Oblast'
        • Karabash (Karabasch)
          • Soimon Valley
Pekov, I. (1998) Minerals First discovered on the territory of the former Soviet Union 369p. Ocean Pictures, Moscow
Pekov, I. (1998) Minerals First discovered on the territory of the former Soviet Union 369p. Ocean Pictures, Moscow
South Africa
 
  • Eastern Cape Province
    • Alfred Nzo District
      • Insizwa
extraLapis no. 2, Gold, 43
  • Limpopo Province
    • Bushveld Complex
      • Waterberg District
        • Mokopane (Potgietersrus)
Holwell, D. A., McDonald, I., & Armitage, P. E. B. (2006). Platinum-group mineral assemblages in the Platreef at the Sandsloot Mine, northern Bushveld Complex, South Africa. Mineralogical Magazine, 70(1), 83-101.
  • Mpumalanga Province
    • Eastern Bushveld Complex
      • Lydenburg
extraLapis 2:43
Switzerland
 
  • Aargau
    • Rheinfelden
Stalder, H. A., Wagner, A., Graeser, S. and Stuker, P. (1998): "Mineralienlexikon der Schweiz", Verlag Wepf & Co. (Basel), p. 57
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