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Auricupride

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Formula:
Cu
 
3
Au
System:OrthorhombicColour:Pink
Lustre:MetallicHardness:
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

IMA status:Valid - first described prior to 1959 (pre-IMA) - "Grandfathered"
Strunz 8th edition ID:1/A.01-50
Nickel-Strunz 10th (pending) edition ID: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 edition ID:1.1.2.1
Dana 8th edition ID:1.1.2.1

1 : NATIVE ELEMENTS AND ALLOYS
1 : Metals, other than the Platinum Group
Hey's CIM Ref.: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

Type Locality:Zolotaya Gora Au deposit (Zlataya Gora; Zlatoya Gora), Soimon Valley, Karabash (Karabasch), Chelyabinsk Oblast', Southern Urals, Urals Region, Russia
Year of Discovery:1950

Occurrences of Auricupride

Geological Setting:Serpentinites

Physical Properties of Auricupride

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

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:
Cu
 
3
Au
Simplified for copy/paste:Cu3Au
Essential elements:Au, Cu
All elements listed in formula:Au, Cu

Relationship of Auricupride to other Species

Common Associates:
GoldCopper
Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz Grouping):

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1.AA.05Aluminium
Al
1.AA.05Copper
Cu
1.AA.05Electrum
(Au, Ag)
1.AA.05Gold
Au
1.AA.05Lead
Pb
1.AA.05Nickel
Ni
1.AA.05Silver
Ag
1.AA.05UM2004-08-E:AuCuPd
(Cu,Pd,Au)
1.AA.05UM1991-06-E:AuCu
Au
 
3
Cu
1.AA.10bTetra-auricupride
AuCu
1.AA.10aCuproauride
Cu
 
3
Au
1.AA.15Anyuiite
Au(Pb,Sb)
 
2
1.AA.15Khatyrkite
(Cu,Zn)Al
 
2
1.AA.15Iodine
I
 
2
1.AA.15Novodneprite
AuPb
 
3
1.AA.15UM1985-02-E:AlZn
ZnAl
 
2
1.AA.20Cupalite
(Cu,Zn)Al
1.AA.25Hunchunite
Au
 
2
Pb
Related Minerals - Hey's Index Grouping:

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1.1Copper
Cu
1.2Silver
Ag
1.5Gold
Au
1.7Tetra-auricupride
AuCu
1.8Zinc
Zn
1.9Cadmium
Cd
1.10Danbaite
CuZn
 
2
1.11Zhanghengite
CuZn
1.12Mercury
Hg
1.13Kolymite
Cu
 
7
Hg
 
6
1.14Moschellandsbergite
Ag
 
2
Hg
 
3
1.15Eugenite
Ag
 
11
Hg
 
2
1.16Schachnerite
Ag
 
1.1
Hg
 
0.9
1.17Paraschachnerite
Ag
 
3
Hg
 
2
1.18Luanheite
Ag
 
3
Hg
1.19Weishanite
(Au,Ag)
 
3
Hg
 
2
1.20Indium
In
1.21Aluminium
Al
1.22Khatyrkite
(Cu,Zn)Al
 
2
1.23Cupalite
(Cu,Zn)Al
1.24Diamond
C
1.25Graphite
C
1.26Chaoite
C
1.27Lonsdaleite
C
1.28Silicon
Si
1.29Tin
Sn
1.30Lead
Pb
1.31Anyuiite
Au(Pb,Sb)
 
2
1.31Novodneprite
AuPb
 
3
1.32Leadamalgam
Pb
 
0.7
Hg
 
0.3
1.33Arsenic
As
1.34Arsenolamprite
As
1.35Paxite
CuAs
 
2
1.36Koutekite
Cu
 
5
As
 
2
1.37Domeykite
Cu
 
3
As
1.38Algodonite
(Cu
 
1-x
As
 
x
)
1.39Novakite
Cu
 
20
AgAs
 
10
1.40Kutinaite
Ag
 
6
Cu
 
14
As
 
7
1.41Antimony
Sb
1.42Stibarsen
AsSb
1.43Paradocrasite
Sb
 
3
As
1.44Horsfordite
Cu, Sb
1.45Cuprostibite
Cu
 
2
(Sb,Tl)
1.46Allargentum
(Ag
 
1-x
Sb
 
x
)
1.47Aurostibite
AuSb
 
2
1.48Dyscrasite
Ag
 
3
Sb
1.49Bismuth
Bi
1.50Maldonite
Au
 
2
Bi
1.51Sulphur
S
 
8
1.52Rosickýite
S
1.53Selenium
Se
1.54Tellurium
Te
1.55Chromium
Cr
1.56Rhenium
Re
1.57Iron
Fe
1.58Chromferide
Fe
 
3
Cr
 
1-x
(x=0.6)
1.59Ferchromide
Cr
 
3
Fe
 
1-x
1.60Wairauite
CoFe
1.61Nickel
Ni
1.62Kamacite
(Fe,Ni)
1.63Taenite
(Fe,Ni)
1.64Tetrataenite
FeNi
1.65Awaruite
Ni
 
3
Fe
1.66Palladium
(Pd,Pt)
1.67Potarite
PdHg
1.68Paolovite
Pd
 
2
Sn
1.69Stannopalladinite
(Pd,Cu)
 
3
Sn
 
2
1.70Cabriite
Pd
 
2
CuSn
1.71Taimyrite-I
(Pd,Cu,Pt)
 
3
Sn
1.72Atokite
(Pd,Pt)
 
3
Sn
1.73Rustenburgite
(Pt,Pd)
 
3
Sn
1.74Zvyagintsevite
(Pd,Pt,Au)
 
3
(Pb,Sn)
1.75Plumbopalladinite
Pd
 
3
Pb
 
2
1.76Osmium
(Os,Ir,Ru)
1.77Iridium
(Ir,Os,Ru)
1.82Platinum
Pt
1.83Hongshiite
PtCu
1.84Niggliite
PtSn
1.85Isoferroplatinum
Pt
 
3
Fe
1.86Tetraferroplatinum
PtFe
1.87Tulameenite
Pt
 
2
CuFe
1.88Ferronickelplatinum
Pt
 
2
FeNi
1.89Rhodium
(Rh,Pt)
Related Minerals - Dana Grouping):

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Other Names for Auricupride

Other Languages:
German:Auricuprid
Japanese:オーリキュプライド
Simplified Chinese:斜方金铜矿
斜方铜金矿
Varieties:
ArgentocuproaurideRozhkovite

Other Information

Health Warning: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:

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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.

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  • Localities for Auricupride

    The 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. ? 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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