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About KupčíkiteHide

Specific Gravity:
Crystal System:
Named in honor of Vladimir Kupčík (1934-1990), former Professor of Crystallography in the universities of Göttingen, Germany and Bratislava, Slovak Republic. It is pronounced k-ou-p-tch-ee-kite.
Structurally closely related to cuprobismutite and hodrušite.

Classification of KupčíkiteHide

Approval Year:

2 : SULFIDES and SULFOSALTS (sulfides, selenides, tellurides; arsenides, antimonides, bismuthides; sulfarsenites, sulfantimonites, sulfbismuthites, etc.)
J : Sulfosalts of PbS archetype
A : Galena derivatives with little or no Pb

Physical Properties of KupčíkiteHide

None Observed
6.42 g/cm3 (Measured)    

Chemical Properties of KupčíkiteHide

IMA Formula:
Idealised Formula:

Crystallography of KupčíkiteHide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
2/m - Prismatic
Space Group:
Cell Parameters:
a = 17.512 Å, b = 3.91 Å, c = 12.869 Å
β = 108.56°
a:b:c = 4.479 : 1 : 3.291
Unit Cell V:
835.33 ų

X-Ray Powder DiffractionHide

Powder Diffraction Data:
3.596 Å(60)
3.518 Å(30)
3.239 Å(40)
3.213 Å(40)
3.128 Å(100)
3.070 Å(70)
2.683 Å(60)
2.531 Å(40)

Type Occurrence of KupčíkiteHide

General Appearance of Type Material:
elongated grains to 1 mm
Geological Setting of Type Material:
sulphosalt bearing quartz veins, hosted by paleozoic amphibolites, hornblendites and granite gneisses
Associated Minerals at Type Locality:

Other Language Names for KupčíkiteHide

Simplified Chinese:库铋硫铁铜矿
Traditional Chinese:庫鉍硫鐵銅礦

Relationship of Kupčíkite to other SpeciesHide

Other Members of this group:
CuprobismutiteCu8AgBi13S24Mon. 2/m : B2/m

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
4 photos of Kupčíkite associated with BismuthiniteBi2S3
4 photos of Kupčíkite associated with QuartzSiO2
4 photos of Kupčíkite associated with Feldspar Group
4 photos of Kupčíkite associated with Mica Group
1 photo of Kupčíkite associated with Garnet GroupX3Z2(SiO4)3

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

2.JA.05eBenjaminiteAg3Bi7S12Mon. 2/m : B2/m
2.JA.05aCupropavoniteCu0.9Ag0.5Pb0.6Bi2.5S5Mon. 2/m : B2/m
2.JA.05iLivingstoniteHgSb4S6(S2)Mon. 2/m : B2/b
2.JA.05dMakovickyiteCu1.12Ag0.81Pb0.27Bi5.35S9Mon. 2/m
2.JA.05aPavoniteAgBi3S5Mon. 2/m : B2/m
2.JA.05bGrumipluciteHgBi2S4Mon. 2/m : B2/m
2.JA.05dCupromakovickyiteCu4AgPb2Bi9S18Mon. 2/m : B2/m
2.JA.05cKudriavite(Cd,Pb)Bi2S4Mon. 2/m : B2/m
2.JA.05aCupromakopavoniteAg3Cu8Pb4Bi19S38Mon. 2/m : B2/m
2.JA.05DantopaiteAg5Bi13S22Mon. 2/m : B2/m
2.JA.10aCuprobismutiteCu8AgBi13S24Mon. 2/m : B2/m
2.JA.10dPizgrischite(Cu,Fe)Cu14PbBi17S35Mon. 2/m : B2/m
2.JA.15CuboargyriteAgSbS2Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m)
2.JA.20BohdanowicziteAgBiSe2Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : P3m1
2.JA.20MatilditeAgBiS2Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : P3m1

Other InformationHide

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 KupčíkiteHide

Reference List:
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Topa, D., Makovicky, E., Paar, W.H. (2002) Composition ranges and exsolution pairs for the members of the bismuthinite-aikinite series from Felbertal, Salzburg. Canadian Mineralogist: 40: 849-869.
Topa, D., Makovicky, E., Balić-Žunić, T., Paar, W. H. (2003) Kupčíkite, Cu3.4Fe0.6Bi5S10, a new Cu–Bi sulfosalt from Felbertal, Austria, and its crystal structure. Canadian Mineralogist: 41: 1155-1166.
Lapis (2004): 29(5): 42.
Pieczka, A., Golebiowska, B. (2012) Cuprobismutite homologues in granitic pegmatites from Szklarska Poreba, Karkonosze Massif, southwestern Poland. Canadian Mineralogist: 50: 313-324.

Internet Links for KupčíkiteHide

Localities for KupčíkiteHide

This 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.

Locality ListHide

- This locality has map coordinates listed. - This locality has estimated coordinates. ⓘ - Click for further information on this occurrence. ? - Indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. - Good crystals or important locality for species. - World class for species or very significant. (TL) - Type Locality for a valid mineral species. (FRL) - First Recorded Locality for everything else (eg varieties). Struck out - Mineral was erroneously reported from this locality. Faded * - Never found at this locality but inferred to have existed at some point in the past (eg from pseudomorphs.)

All localities listed without proper references should be considered as questionable.
Austria (TL)
  • Salzburg
    • Hohe Tauern
      • Felber valley
        • Scheelite deposit
D. Topa et al.: Can. Mineral. 40:849-869 (2002); D. Topa et al.: Can. Mineral. 41:1155-1166 (2003)
  • Québec
    • Abitibi-Témiscamingue
      • Abitibi RCM
        • La Motte
Canadian Museum of Nature specimens XRD confirmed
  • Yamagata
Izumino, Y., Nakashima, K., & Nagashima, M. (2014). Cuprobismutite group minerals (cuprobismutite, hodrušhite, kupčíkite and padĕraite), other Bi–sulfosalts and Bi–tellurides from the Obari mine, Yamagata Prefecture, Japan. Journal of Mineralogical and Petrological Sciences, 109(4), 177-190.
  • Lower Silesian Voivodeship
    • Jelenia Góra Co.
      • Szklarska Poręba
        • Szklarska Poręba-Huta
Pieczka, A. & Golebiowska, B. (2012): Cuprobismutite homologues in granitic pegmatites from Szklarska Poręba, Karkonosze Massif, southwestern Poland. Canadian Mineralogist 50, 313-324.; Kozłowski, A., & Matyszczak, W. (2018). Oxygenic bismuth minerals in the NE part of the Karkonosze pluton (West Sudetes, SW Poland). Acta Geologica Polonica, 68(4).; Mochnacka, K., Oberc-Dziedzic, T., Mayer, W., & Pieczka, A. (2015). Ore mineralization related to geological evolution of the Karkonosze–Izera Massif (the Sudetes, Poland)—Towards a model. Ore Geology Reviews, 64, 215-238.
  • Bihor
    • Nucet
Cook, N. J., Ciobanu, C. L., & Bogdanov, K. (2002) Trace mineralogy of the Upper Cretaceous banatitic Magmatic and metallogenetic Belt, SE Europe. In 11th Quadrennial IAGOD symposium–Geocongress 2002, Windhoek, Namibia, July 2002. CD Volume of extended abstracts.
  • Caraş-Severin
    • Banat Mts
Cook, N. J., Ciobanu, C. L., & Bogdanov, K. (2002) Trace mineralogy of the Upper Cretaceous banatitic Magmatic and metallogenetic Belt, SE Europe. In 11th Quadrennial IAGOD symposium–Geocongress 2002, Windhoek, Namibia, July 2002. CD Volume of extended abstracts.
  • Banská Bystrica Region
    • Banská Bystrica Co.
      • Ľubietová
Luptáková, J., Milovská, S., Jeleň, S., Mikuš, T., Milovský, R., & Biroň, A. (2016). Primary ore Cu mineralization at the Ľubietová-Podlipa locality (Slovakia). Acta Geol. Slovaca., 8, 175-194.
Martin Števko-unpublished, EMPA-WDS confirmed
    • Žarnovica Co.
      • Hodruša-Hámre (Hodritsch)
Jeleň, S., Pršek, J., Kovalenker, V. A., Topa, D., Sejkora, J., Števko, M., & Ozdín, D. (2012). Bismuth Sulfosalts Of The Cuprobismutite, Pavonite And Aikinite Series From The Rozália Mine, Hodruša–Hámre, Slovakia. The Canadian Mineralogist, 50(2), 325-340.
  • Trenčín Region
    • Bánovce nad Bebravou Co.
      • Čierna Lehota
Pršek J., Mikuš T., Makovicky E., Chovan M., 2005: Cuprobismutite, kupčíkite, hodrushite and associated sulfosalts from the black shale hosted Ni-Bi-As mineralization at Čierna Lehota, Slovakia. Eur. J. Mineral., 17, 155-162.
  • Västmanland County
    • Skinnskatteberg
      • Riddarhyttan
Öhman, L. , Nysten, P. and Langhof, J. (2005): Nya Bastnäs i Riddarhytte malmfält. Litiofilen, 22 (1): 14-38
  • Valais
    • Anniviers Valley
      • Ayer
Ansermet, S. (2012): Mines et minéraux du Valais - II. Anniviers et Tourtemagne. With contributions by N. Meisser, Ed. Porte-plumes (Ayer)
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