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Auricupride

Native elements

Auricupride is a natural alloy and gold is Cu3Au. The alloy crystallizes in the cubic crystal system in the L12 structure type and occurs as malleable grains or platey masses. It is an opaque yellow with a reddish tint. It has a hardness of 3.5 and a specific gravity of 11.5.

A variant called tetra-auricupride (CuAu) exists. Silver may be present resulting in the variety argentocuproauride (Cu3(Au,Ag)).

It was first described in 1950 for an occurrence in the Ural Mountains Russia. It occurs as low temperature unmixing product in serpentinites "halos" in redbed, Argentina, Switzerland

Identification

Color of mineral

Red
Yellow

The streak

Yellow

Luster ( interacts light )

Metallic

Crystal ( diaphaneity )

Cubic