Ancient and historic mining town, known since 1336 and in modern times extended up to its maximum by Ceausescu's mining policies.
Located 30 km east of Baia Mare and famous for its deposits of lead, zinc, manganese, as well as small quantities of gold, silver, barium and antimony.
From the mines of this locality have been extracted samples of exceptional beauty and value worldwide, in major collections.
In particular, the mines have produced the world's most beautiful tetrahedrites, by size, arrangement and lustre.
Current situation: since 2008 all the mines are closed; adits are sealed, water pumps are off and the external structures demolished or about to be demolished.
For several years rumours persist about foreign investors, but now are slow to manifest themselves in reality.
Formerly known as Kapnik, Hungary (during the Austro-Hungarian empire).
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58 valid minerals. 1 (TL) - type locality of valid minerals.
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0 - 66 Ma
|Cenozoic volcanic rocks|
Age: Cenozoic (0 - 66 Ma)
Lithology: Felsic volcanic rocks
Reference: Chorlton, L.B. Generalized geology of the world: bedrock domains and major faults in GIS format: a small-scale world geology map with an extended geological attribute database. doi: 10.4095/223767. Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 5529. 
2.588 - 23.03 Ma