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Freibergite

Sulfosalt mineral

Freibergite is a complex sulfosalt , copper with formula (Ag,Cu,Fe) 12(Sb,As) 4S 13. It has cubic crystals and is formed in hydrothermal series with tetrahedrite and another with argentotennantite. Freibergite is an opaque, metallic steel grey to black and leaves a reddish-black streak. It has a Mohs hardness of 3.5 to 4.0 and a specific gravity of 4.85 - 5. It is typically massive to granular in habit with no cleavage and an irregular fracture.

The mineral was first described in 1853 from an occurrence in the silver mines of the type locality at Freiberg, Saxony.

Identification

Color of mineral

Grey
Black

The streak

Red
Black

Luster ( interacts light )

Metallic

Crystal ( diaphaneity )

Cubic