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About Argentotennantite-(Zn)Hide

Grey black
Specific Gravity:
5.05 (Calculated)
Crystal System:
For its silver content and relation to tennantite.
Tetrahedrite Group. Argentotennantite-Freibergite Series.
The Zn analogue of Unnamed (Fe-analogue of Argentotennantite-(Zn)).
A very rare member of the fahlore group.

Compare the Ag-richer Unnamed (As-analogue of Rozhdestvenskayaite-(Zn)).
Compare also the chemically similar keutschite.

Classification of Argentotennantite-(Zn)Hide


2 : SULFIDES and SULFOSALTS (sulfides, selenides, tellurides; arsenides, antimonides, bismuthides; sulfarsenites, sulfantimonites, sulfbismuthites, etc.)
G : Sulfarsenites, sulfantimonites, sulfbismuthites
B : Neso-sulfarsenites, etc. with additional S

3 : 3 <ø < 4

5 : Sulphosalts - Sulpharsenites and Sulphobismuthites (those containing Sn, Ge,or V are in Section 6)
2 : Sulpharsenites etc. of Ag

Physical Properties of Argentotennantite-(Zn)Hide

Grey black
Red-Brown to black
3½ on Mohs scale
VHN100=285 - 320 - Vickers
5.05 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of Argentotennantite-(Zn)Hide


Reflectance graph
Graph shows reflectance levels at different wavelengths (in nm). Top of box is 100%. Peak reflectance is 30.9%.
Colour in reflected light:
Light grey to greenish grey with a faint bluish tint

Chemical Properties of Argentotennantite-(Zn)Hide

IMA Formula:
Emperical Formula (of original material):
Common Impurities:

Crystallography of Argentotennantite-(Zn)Hide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
4 3m - Hextetrahedral
Space Group:
I4 3m
Cell Parameters:
a = 10.584(3) Å
Unit Cell V:
1,185.63 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Small grains, coating on tennantite.
Space group I-43m by analogy to tetrahedrite-tennantite.

X-Ray Powder DiffractionHide

Powder Diffraction Data:
3.06 Å(100)
2.65 Å(30)
2.073 Å(20)
1.869 Å(80)
1.595 Å(40)
1.230 Å(20)
1.214 Å(20)
Kvartsitoviye Gorki deposit, Kazakhstan.

Geological EnvironmentHide

Geological Setting:
Polymetallic deposits

Type Occurrence of Argentotennantite-(Zn)Hide

Place of Conservation of Type Material:
A.E. Fersman Mineralogical Museum, Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia: 84396.
Geological Setting of Type Material:
In a polymetallic deposit.
Associated Minerals at Type Locality:

Synonyms of Argentotennantite-(Zn)Hide

Other Language Names for Argentotennantite-(Zn)Hide

Relationship of Argentotennantite-(Zn) to other SpeciesHide

Common AssociatesHide

Freibergite Subgroup([Ag6]4+,(Ag,Cu)6)((Cu,Ag)4C2+2)Sb4S12S0-1
Tennantite SubgroupCu6(Cu4C2+2)As4S12S
Tetrahedrite SubgroupCu6(Cu4C2+2)Sb4S12S

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

2.GB.05Freibergite Subgroup([Ag6]4+,(Ag,Cu)6)((Cu,Ag)4C2+2)Sb4S12S0-1Iso. 4 3m : I4 3m
2.GB.05Giraudite-(Zn)Cu6(Cu4Zn2)As4Se12SeIso. 4 3m : I4 3m
2.GB.05Goldfieldite(Cu42)(Cu4Cu+2)Te4S12SIso. 4 3m : I4 3m
2.GB.05Hakite-(Hg)Cu6(Cu4Hg2)Sb4Se12SeIso. 4 3m : I4 3m
2.GB.05Tennantite SubgroupCu6(Cu4C2+2)As4S12SIso. 4 3m : I4 3m
2.GB.05Tetrahedrite SubgroupCu6(Cu4C2+2)Sb4S12SIso. 4 3m : I4 3m
2.GB.05Argentotetrahedrite-(Fe)Ag6(Cu4Fe2)Sb4S12SIso. 4 3m : I4 3m
2.GB.10StephaniteAg5SbS4Orth. mm2 : Cmc21
2.GB.15Pearceite[Ag9CuS4][(Ag,Cu)6(As,Sb)2S7]Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : P3m1
2.GB.15Polybasite[(Ag,Cu)6(Sb,As)2S7][Ag9CuS4]Mon. 2/m : B2/m
2.GB.15Selenopolybasite[(Ag,Cu)6(Sb,As)2(S,Se)7][Ag9Cu(S,Se)2Se2]Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : P3m1
2.GB.15Cupropearceite[Cu6As2S7][Ag9CuS4]Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : P3m1
2.GB.15Cupropolybasite[Cu6Sb2S7][Ag9CuS4]Trig. 3m : P3 1m
2.GB.20Galkhaite(Cs,Tl)(Hg,Cu,Zn)6(As,Sb)4S12Iso. 4 3m : I4 3m

Related Minerals - Dana Grouping (8th Ed.)Hide SubgroupCu6(Cu4C2+2)Sb4S12SIso. 4 3m : I4 3m SubgroupCu6(Cu4C2+2)As4S12SIso. 4 3m : I4 3m Subgroup([Ag6]4+,(Ag,Cu)6)((Cu,Ag)4C2+2)Sb4S12S0-1Iso. 4 3m : I4 3m 4 3m : I4 3m 4 3m : I4 3m 4 3m : I4 3m

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

5.2.1SmithiteAgAsS2Mon. 2/m
5.2.3ProustiteAg3AsS3Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3c
5.2.4XanthoconiteAg3AsS3Mon. 2/m : B2/b
5.2.5Pearceite[Ag9CuS4][(Ag,Cu)6(As,Sb)2S7]Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : P3m1
5.2.6Pearceite-T2acTrig. 3 2 : P3 2 1
5.2.8MiargyriteAgSbS2Mon. 2/m : B2/b
5.2.9PyrargyriteAg3SbS3Trig. 3m : R3c
5.2.10PyrostilpniteAg3SbS3Mon. 2/m : P21/b
5.2.11StephaniteAg5SbS4Orth. mm2 : Cmc21
5.2.12Polybasite[(Ag,Cu)6(Sb,As)2S7][Ag9CuS4]Mon. 2/m : B2/m
5.2.13BillingsleyiteAg7AsS6Iso. 2 3 : P21 3
5.2.14Polybasite-TacTrig. 3m (3 2/m) : P3m1
5.2.15Freibergite Subgroup([Ag6]4+,(Ag,Cu)6)((Cu,Ag)4C2+2)Sb4S12S0-1Iso. 4 3m : I4 3m
5.2.16AramayoiteAg3Sb2(Bi,Sb)S6Tric. 1 : P1
5.2.17MatilditeAgBiS2Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : P3m1
5.2.19PavoniteAgBi3S5Mon. 2/m : B2/m
5.2.21BohdanowicziteAgBiSe2Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : P3m1
5.2.23Benleonardite[Ag6(Sb,As)2S6Te][Ag9Cu(S,Te)2Te2]Trig. 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 Argentotennantite-(Zn)Hide

Reference List:
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Spiridonov, E.M., Sokolova, N.F., Gapeev, A.K., Dashevskaya, D.M., Evstigneeva, T.L., Chvileva, T.N., Demidov, V.G., Balashov, E.P., Shul’ga, V.I. (1986) A new mineral — argentotennantite. Doklady Akademii Nauk SSSR, 290, 206–210. [in Russian]
Jambor, J.L., Grew, E.S., Puziewics, J., Vanko, D.A. (1988) New mineral names. American Mineralogist: 73: 439-445.
Zakrzewski, M.A. (1989) Members of the freibergite-argentotennantite series and associated minerals from Silvermines, County Tipperary, Ireland. Mineralogical Magazine: 53: 293–298.
Rozhdestvenskaya, I.V., Zayakina, N.V., Samusikov, V.P. (1993) Crystal structure features of minerals from a series of tetrahedrite-freibergite. Mineralogiceskij Zhurnal: 15: 9-17.
King, R.J. (2001) Minerals explained 32: The tetrahedrite group. Geology Today: 17: 77-80.
Moëlo, Y., Makovicky, E., Mozgova, N.N., Jambor, J.L., Cook, N., Pring, A., Paar, W., Nickel, E.H., Graeser, S., Karup-Møller, S., Balić-Žunić, T., Mumme, W.G., Vurro, F., Topa, D., Bindi, L., Bente, K., Shimizu, M. (2008) Sulfosalt systematics: a review. Report of the sulfosalt sub-committee of the IMA Commission on Ore Mineralogy. European Journal of Mineralogy: 20: 7-46. [on relation to freibergite]
IMA 18-K: Nomenclature and classification of the tetrahedrite group
Biagioni, C., George, L.L., Cook, N.J., Makovicky, E., Moëlo, Y., Pasero, M., Sejkora, J., Stanley, C.J., Welch, M.D., Bosi, F. (2020): The tetrahedrite group: nomenclature and classification. American Mineralogist 105, 109-122.

Internet Links for Argentotennantite-(Zn)Hide

Localities for Argentotennantite-(Zn)Hide

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.
Arctic Ocean
  • Kolbeinsey Ridge
    • North Kolbeinsey Ridge
Marques, A.F.A., Roerdink, D.L., Baumberger, T., de Ronde, C.E.J., Ditchburn, R.G., Denny, A., Thorseth, I.H., Okland, I., Lilley, M.D., Whitehouse, M.J., Pedersen, R.B. (2020) The Seven Sisters Hydrothermal System: First Record of Shallow Hybrid Mineralization Hosted in Mafic Volcaniclasts on the Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge. Minerals 10, 439.
  • Santa Cruz Province
    • Deseado department
      • Deseado massif
        • Tres Cerros
Jovic, S.M., Guido, D.M., Schalamuk, I.B., Ríos, F.J., Tassinari, C.C.G., Recio. C. (2011): Pingüino In-bearing polymetallic vein deposit, Deseado Massif, Patagonia, Argentina: characteristics of mineralization and ore-forming fluids. Mineralium Deposita, 46, 257-271.
  • Manitoba
    • Snow Lake District
2007 Manitoba Geological Survey Report of Field Activities; Alexandre, P., Heine, T., Fayek, M., Potter, E., & Sharpe, R. (2019). Ore mineralogy of the Chisel Lake Zn-Cu-Ag (+ Au) VMS deposit in the Flin Flon–Snow Lake Domain, Manitoba, Canada. The Canadian Mineralogist, 57(6), 925-945.
  • Atacama
    • Huasco Province
      • Carrizo district
Tartakowsky A.(1928): "Descubridora o Carrizo, Departamento de Huasco"; informe preliminar": Caja de Crédito Minero, Vallenar, Chile.
  • Tarapacá
    • Tamarugal Province
      • Huara
Chinchilla, D., Rodriguez Pinzón, A., Piña, R., Ortega, L., Lunar, R., Quesada, C., & Valverde, A. (2013, August). A mineralogical and fluid inclusion study of the Patricia Zn-Pb-Ag Deposit (Paguanta, NE Chile). In 12th SGA biennial meeting–Uppsala, Suecia.
  • Lower Saxony
    • Göttingen District
      • Bad Lauterberg
Koch, H.-P. & Heider, K.-J. (2018): Die Selenid-Mineralisation der Grube "Frische Lutter" bei Bad Lauterbach, Harz. Der Aufschluss, 69, 1-21 (in German).
  • Saxony
    • Mittelsachsen
  • Munster
    • Tipperary County
      • Silvermines District
Moreton, S. (1999) Mineralogical Record, 30, 99-106. Colin Andrew (Personal Communication)
  • Lombardy
    • Sondrio Province
      • Valfurva
Bedognè,F,,Montrasio; A. & Sciesa;E. (2006): I minerali della media-alta Valtellina delle Orobie valtellinesi e della Val Poschiavo. Bettini, Sondrio, Italia, 255.
Kazakhstan (TL)
  • Akmola Region
    • Stepnogorsk
      • Aksu (Aqsu)
Pekov, I. (1998) Minerals First discovered on the territory of the former Soviet Union 369p. Ocean Pictures, Moscow
  • Mexico
    • Temascaltepec Municipality
      • Temascaltepec de González (Temascaltepec)
Camprubi, A., Canals, A., Cardellach, E., Prol-Ledesma, R.M., Rivera, R., 2001, The La Guitarra Ag-Au low-sulfidation epithermal deposit, Temascaltepec district, Mexico: vein structure, mineralogy, and sulfide-sulfosalt chemistry. Society of Economic Geologists Special Publication, v. 8, p. 133-158.
  • Huancavelica
    • Huancavelica Province
      • Huachocolpa District
Pérez-Puig Obieta, C.R., Yparraguirre Calderón, J.A. (2013) El distrito Polimetálico de Huachocolpa (Huancavelica, Perú) [The Polymetallic Mining District of Huachocolpa (Huancavelica, Peru)]. Acopios, 4: 1-57.
  • Lima
    • Oyon Province
new species keutschite and not argentotennantite
  • Khabarovsk Krai
Alekseev, V. I., & Marin, Y. B. (2015). Composition and evolution of accessory mineralization of Li–F granites in the Far East as indicators of their ore potential. Geology of Ore Deposits, 57(8), 635-644.
  • Magadan Oblast
    • Engteri ore cluster
Palyanova, G.A., Savva, N.E., Zhuravkova, T.V., Kolova, E.E. (2016): Gold and silver minerals in low-sulfidaton ores of the Julietta deposit (northeastern Russia). Russian Geology and Geophysics: 57: 1171-1190; (2016)
  • Banská Bystrica Region
    • Žiar nad Hronom District
Števko M., Sejkora J., Dolníček Z., Škácha P. (2018): Selenium-Rich Ag–Au Mineralization at the Kremnica Au–Ag Epithermal Deposit, Slovak Republic. Minerals 8, 12, 572.
  • Andalusia
    • Córdoba
      • Alcaracejos
Carmona Ruiz, A., Ramos Márquez, I. y Jiménez Martínez, R. (2018). Paragénesis. Revista de Mineralogía. Editor: Grup Mineralògic Català (GMC). Vol. I, Núm. 5, 2018-1. Barcelona. Pag. 7-52.
  • Valais
    • Goms
      • Binn
        • Fäld
EDXS Analyses in Dec. 2016, Philippe Roth
  • Colorado
    • La Plata Co.
      • La Plata Mining District (California Mining District)
Josef Vajdak (2008) Mineral News, 24, #3, 15.
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