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About TintinaiteHide

May contain minor Fe replacing Cu.
Lead- to steel-gray
2½ - 3
Specific Gravity:
Crystal System:
Named after its discovery locality, the Tintina silver mines, Yukon Territory, Canada.
The antimony analogue of kobellite.
Compare the chemically similar jaskólskiite.

Classification of TintinaiteHide

Approval Year:

2 : SULFIDES and SULFOSALTS (sulfides, selenides, tellurides; arsenides, antimonides, bismuthides; sulfarsenites, sulfantimonites, sulfbismuthites, etc.)
H : Sulfosalts of SnS archetype
B : With Cu, Ag, Fe, Sn and Pb

6 : 2 < ø < 2.49

5 : Sulphosalts - Sulpharsenites and Sulphobismuthites (those containing Sn, Ge,or V are in Section 6)
7 : Sulpharsenites etc. of Pb and other metals

Physical Properties of TintinaiteHide

Lead- to steel-gray
2½ - 3 on Mohs scale
distinct on {010)
5.48 g/cm3 (Measured)    5.51 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Chemical Properties of TintinaiteHide


May contain minor Fe replacing Cu.
IMA Formula:
Common Impurities:

Crystallography of TintinaiteHide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) - Dipyramidal
Space Group:
Cell Parameters:
a = 22.23 Å, b = 34.15 Å, c = 4.04 Å
a:b:c = 0.651 : 1 : 0.118
Unit Cell V:
3,066.98 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)

X-Ray Powder DiffractionHide

Powder Diffraction Data:
3.96 (40)
3.51 (80)
3.40 (100)
3.27 (40)
2.87 (50)
2.71 (70)
2.022 (60)
Tintina mine, Canada

Type Occurrence of TintinaiteHide

Synonyms of TintinaiteHide

Other Language Names for TintinaiteHide

Simplified Chinese:丁硫铋锑铅矿

Relationship of Tintinaite to other SpeciesHide

Other Members of this group:
GiessenitePb27Cu2(Bi,Sb)19S57Mon. 2/m
KobellitePb22Cu4(Bi,Sb)30S69Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnnm
Forms a series with:

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Kobellite3 photos of Tintinaite associated with Kobellite on mindat.org.
Quartz1 photo of Tintinaite associated with Quartz on mindat.org.
Pillaite1 photo of Tintinaite associated with Pillaite on mindat.org.

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

2.HB.Carducciite(Ag2Sb2)Pb12(As,Sb)16S40Mon. 2/m : P21/b
2.HB.05aAikinitePbCuBiS3Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
2.HB.05aFriedrichitePb5Cu5Bi7S18Orth. mm2
2.HB.05aGladitePbCuBi5S9Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
2.HB.05cJaskólskiiteCuxPb2+x(Sb,Bi)2-xS5 (x ~ 0.15)Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
2.HB.05aLindströmitePb3Cu3Bi7S15Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
2.HB.05bMeneghinitePb13CuSb7S24Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
2.HB.05aEmilitePb2.7Cu2.7Bi5.3S12Orth. mm2
2.HB.05aSalzburgitePb1.6Cu1.6Bi6.4S12Orth. mm2
2.HB.05aPaaritePb1.7Cu1.7Bi6.3S12Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
2.HB.10cEclarite(Cu,Fe)Pb9Bi12S28Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
2.HB.10bGiessenitePb27Cu2(Bi,Sb)19S57Mon. 2/m
2.HB.10aKobellitePb22Cu4(Bi,Sb)30S69Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnnm
2.HB.15BenavidesitePb4MnSb6S14Mon. 2/m : P21/b
2.HB.15JamesonitePb4FeSb6S14Mon. 2/m : P21/b
2.HB.20dBerryiteCu3Ag2Pb3Bi7S16Mon. 2/m : P21/m
2.HB.20aNagyágite[Pb3(Pb,Sb)3S6](Au,Te)3Mon. 2/m : P21/m
2.HB.20cMuseumite[Pb2(Pb,Sb)2S8][(Te,Au)2]Mon. 2
2.HB.20eLitochlebiteAg2PbBi4Se8Mon. 2/m : P21/m

Related Minerals - Dana Grouping (8th Ed.)Hide,Sb)30S69Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnnm

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

5.7.1SeligmannitePbCuAsS3Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pmmn
5.7.2BournonitePbCuSbS3Orth. mm2 : Pmn21
5.7.3MeneghinitePb13CuSb7S24Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
5.7.4GladitePbCuBi5S9Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
5.7.5LindströmitePb3Cu3Bi7S15Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
5.7.8FriedrichitePb5Cu5Bi7S18Orth. mm2
5.7.9AikinitePbCuBiS3Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
5.7.11JaskólskiiteCuxPb2+x(Sb,Bi)2-xS5 (x ~ 0.15)Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
5.7.13KobellitePb22Cu4(Bi,Sb)30S69Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnnm
5.7.14ProuditeCuPb7.5Bi9.33(S,Se)22Mon. 2/m : B2/m
5.7.19Eclarite(Cu,Fe)Pb9Bi12S28Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
5.7.20MarriteAgPbAsS3Mon. 2/m : P21/b
5.7.21ArgentobaumhaueriteAg1.5Pb22As33.5S72Tric. 1 : P1
5.7.22AndoriteAgPbSb3S6Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
5.7.23RamdohritePb5.9Fe0.1Mn0.1In0.1Cd0.2Ag2.8Sb10.8S24Mon. 2/m
5.7.27FizélyiteAg5Pb14Sb21S48 Mon. 2/m
5.7.28OwyheeiteAg3+xPb10-2xSb11+xS28, -0.13 < x > +0.20Mon. 2/m : P21/b
5.7.29FreieslebeniteAgPbSbS3Mon. 2/m : P21/b
5.7.30DiaphoriteAg3Pb2Sb3S8Mon. 2/m : P21/b
5.7.31SterryiteCu(Ag,Cu)3Pb19(Sb,As)22(As-As)S56Mon. 2/m
5.7.32VikingiteAg5Pb8Bi13S30Mon. 2/m : B2/m
5.7.34SchirmeritePbAgBi3S6 - Pb3Ag1.5Bi3.5S9Orth.
5.7.36GustaviteAgPbBi3S6Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
5.7.39BenjaminiteAg3Bi7S12Mon. 2/m : B2/m
5.7.40Lengenbachite Ag4Cu2Pb18As12S39Tric.
5.7.41BerryiteCu3Ag2Pb3Bi7S16Mon. 2/m : P21/m
5.7.44CupropavoniteCu0.9Ag0.5Pb0.6Bi2.5S5 Mon. 2/m : B2/m
5.7.47RathiteAg2Pb12-xTlx/2As18+x/2S40Mon. 2/m : P21/b
5.7.48HatchiteAgTlPbAs2S5Tric. 1 : P1

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 TintinaiteHide

Reference List:
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HARRIS, D.C., JAMBOR, J.L., LACHANCE, G.R. & THORPE, R.I. (1968): Tintinaite, the antimony analogue of kobellite. Canadian Mineralogist 9, 371-382.
MOËLO, Y., JAMBOR, J.L. & HARRIS, D.C. (1984): Tintinaïte et sulfosels associés de Tintina (Yukon): Tintinaïte et sulfosels associés de Tintina (Yukon): la cristallochimie de la série de la kobellite. Canadian Mineralogist 22, 219-226.
Zakrzewski, M. A., Makovicky, E. (1986): Izoklakeite from Vena, Sweden, and the kobellite homologous series. Canadian Mineralogist, 24, 7-18.
Moëlo, Y., Roger, G., Maurel-Palacin, D., Marcoux, E., Laroussi, A. (1995): Chemistry of some Pb-(Cu,Fe)-(Sb,Bi) sulfosalts from France and Portugal. Implications for the crystal chemistry of lead sulfosalts in the Cu-poor part of the Pb2S2-Cu2S-Sb2S3-Bi2S3 system. Mineralogy and Petrology, 53, 229-250.
Pruseth, K.L., Mishra, B., Bernhardt, H.J. (1997): Phase relations in the Cu2S-PbS-Sb2S3 system: an experimental appraisal and application to natural polymetallic sulfide ores. Economic Geology 92, 720-732. [synth. tintinaite = "phase Z"]

Internet Links for TintinaiteHide

Localities for TintinaiteHide

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.

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All localities listed without proper references should be considered as questionable.
  • Western Australia
    • Perenjori Shire
      • Mount Mulgine
Mineralogy and Genesis of the Trench Tungsten Deposit, Mt Mulgine, Western Australia; CJR Migisha, RA BOTH; Mineralium Deposita; Vol 26, issue 4, pp247-256 1991.
  • Styria
    • Schladming
      • Schladminger Tauern
        • Giglach valley
          • Knappen lakes
Schachinger, T. and Paar, W.H. (2017): Antimon- und bismuthältige Sulfosalze aus dem Vetternbergbau bei Schladming, Steiermark. Carinthia II, 207./127., 691-698.
Canada (TL)
  • British Columbia
    • Trail Creek Mining Division
      • Rossland
Anthony, Bideaux, Bladh, Nichols: "Handbook of Mineralogy", Vol. 1, 1990; Harris D C, Jambor J L, Lachance G R, Thorpe R I (1968) Tintinaite, the antimony analogue of kobellite, The Canadian Mineralogist 9, 371-382
  • Yukon
    • Watson Lake mining district
      • Tintina
HARRIS, D.C., JAMBOR, J.L., LACHANCE, G.R. & THORPE, R.I. (1968): Tintinaite, the antimony analogue of kobellite. Canadian Mineralogist 9, 371-382. MOËLO, Y., JAMBOR, J.L. & HARRIS, D.C. (1984): Tintinaïte et sulfosels associés de Tintina (Yukon): la cristallochimie de la série de la kobellite. Canadian Mineralogist 22, 219-226.
  • Guangdong
    • Shaoguan
      • Shixing Co.
        • Shirenzhang-Meiziwo W-Sn deposit
Wenfeng Zhu, Guogao Yang, Longming Wei, Shaoqin Zhang, Debin Zhou, Guangyun Liu, and Fulin Gong (2009): Journal of Guilin University of Technology 29(3), 285-291
  • Guangxi
    • Hechi
      • Luocheng Mulao Autonomous County
Liu, J., Chen, W., & Liu, Q. (2018). Sb-Bi Alloys and Ag-Cu-Pb-Sb-Bi Sulphosalts in the Jialong Cu-Sn Deposit in North Guangxi, South China. Minerals, 8(1), 26.
      • Nandan County
        • Dachang Sn-polymetallic ore field
Yingchen Ren (1999): Contributions to Geology and Mineral Resources Research 14(1), 1-12, 38
Mineral Deposits 4(1), 74
  • Hunan
    • Chenzhou
      • Guiyang Co.
        • Baoshan ore field (Baoshan Mine)
Mengxiang Zhou (2006): Mining Technology 6(3), 580-582
      • Yizhang Co.
        • Dongpo ore field
Anthony, J.W. et al.: Handbook of Mineralogy
  • Yunnan
    • Honghe
      • Mengzi Co.
Xinpei Jiang (1994): Acta Petrologica et Mineralogica 13(5), 278-284
Czech Republic
  • Central Bohemian Region
    • Kutná Hora District
Sejkora, J., Litochleb, J., Zemek, V.: Příspěvek k chemickému složení rudních minerálů jižní části kutnohorského rudního revíru. Bulletin Mineralogicko-petrografického oddělení Národního muzea v Praze, 2002, roč. 10, s. 283-289.
  • Tuscany
    • Lucca Province
      • Stazzema
        • Ponte Stazzemese
Orlandi P., 2003. Buca della Vena: i solfosali aciculari di piombo e antimonio (Alpi Apuane, Toscana, Italia). Riv. Miner. Ital., 4: 224-229.
  • Ibaraki
    • Higashi-Ibaraki-gun
      • Shirosato-machi
Enjoji et al (1983) Ganseki-Koubutsu-Koshogaku Zasshi, 78, 137-138.
  • District of Kosovska Mitrovica
    • Kosovska Mitrovica
      • Trepča valley
        • Trepča complex
Kołodziejczyk, J., Pršek, J., Voudouris, P. C., & Melfos, V. (2017). Bi-sulphotellurides associated with Pb–Bi–(Sb±Ag, Cu, Fe) sulphosalts: an example from the Stan Terg deposit in Kosovo. Geologica Carpathica, 68(4), 366-381.
  • Chihuahua
    • Saucillo Municipality
      • Naica
Querol, F., 1986 Internal Penoles Mineralogical Report
  • Zabaykalsky Krai
    • Eastern Transbaikalia
Bortnikov, N.S., Tsepin, A.I. (1987): Antimony-bismuth sulfosalts of the Middle Golgotaish deposit (eastern Transbaikal). Izvestiya Akad. Nauk SSSR, Ser. Geol.: 1: 86-95; in: Jambor, J.L., Grew, E.S., Puziewicz, J., Vanko, D.A. (1988): New mineral Names. American Mineralogist: 73: 444
  • Banská Bystrica Region
    • Brezno Co.
      • Bystrá
Pršek J.,2004: Štruktžúra a kryštalochémia sulfosolí zo sulfidických mineralizácií Západných Karpát (Kandid. dizert. práca),Manuskript, archív Kated. miner. a petrológie PFUK Bratislava, 135 p.; - Pršek, J., Ozdín, D. & Sejkora, J. (2008): Eclarite and associated Bi sulfosalts from the Brezno-Hviezda occurrence (Nízke Tatry Mts, Slovak Republic). Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie - Abhandlungen, 185, 117-130.
  • Košice Region
    • Gelnica Co.
Pauliš P., Ďuďa R., 2002: Nejzajimavejší mineralogická nalezište Slovenska. Kuttna, Kutná Hora, 134p.
      • Úhorná (Ahorn)
Pršek, J., & Peterec, D. (2008). Bi-Se-Te mineralization from Úhorná (Spišsko Gemerské Rudohorie Mts., Słovakia): A preliminary report. Mineralogia, 39(3), 87-103.
    • Rožňava Co.
      • Betliar (Betler; Betlér)
Klimko, T., Chovan, M., Huraiová M. (2009): Hydrotermálna mineralizácia na antimonitových žilách Spišsko-gemerského rudohoria. Miner. Slov., 41, 2, 115-132.
Koděra, M. et al., 1986 a 1990 : Topografická mineralógia Slovenska, diel 1- 3, Veda – Vydavateľstvo SAV, Bratislava, 1990, 1 – 1590k
Martin Števko-unpublished, PXRD and EMPA-WDS confirmed
      • Rožňava (Rosenau; Rozsnyó)
- Pršek, J. (2008): Chemické zloženie a kryštalochémia Bi sulfosolí z hydrotermálnych mineralizícií kryštalinika Západných Karpát. Univerzita Komenského, 108 p.
  • Žilina Region
    • Liptovský Mikuláš Co.
Chovan, M., Majzlan, J., Ragan, M., Siman, P., Krištín, J. (1998): Pb-Sb and Pb-Sb-Bi sulfosalts and associated sulphides from Dúbrava antimony deposit, Nízké Tatry Mts. Acta Geologica Universitatis Comenianae, 53, 37-49.
        • Ludovít Mine
Mikuš, T., Kondela, J., Jacko, S., & Milovská, S. (2018). Garavellite and associated sulphosalts from the Strieborná vein in the Rožňava ore field (Western Carpathians). Geologica Carpathica, 69(3), 221-236.
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