Uranium Mineral Museum

The minerals below are from some of the most notable Uranium deposits in North America, Europe, Australia and Africa that are a significant part of the history of Uranium mining. Some of the specimens below are for sale, with prices beginning around $2,000. Please contact us for more information. 

Two very heavy Uraninite with Becquerelite specimens Shinkolobwe Mine in The Congo

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Each of these beautiful specimens weighs over 250 grams. They consist of a Uraninite matrix, with  stunning crystals of Becquerelite and other secondary uranium minerals. From the Bill Pinch collection.  Not for sale. 


Absolutely One-of-a-Kind Polished Slab from Shinkolobwe Mine in The Congo

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This incredibly beautiful specimen was collected in the 1960’s and was preserved in a private collection in Europe. It weighs a whopping 1395 grams. It consists of a mixture of Cuprosklodowskite, Uranophane, Vandenbrandeite, Kasolite, Gummite and of course Uraninite.  Not for sale. 


Huge Uraninite Specimen Possibly Collected by Martin Klaproth in the late 1700’s

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Martin Klaproth discovered Uranium in 1789. This is a large specimen of Pitchblende that dates to Martin Klaproth and the location where he collected the mineral. It also has a label from the museum that purchased Klaproth’s meteorite and Uranium-bearing mineral specimens. The history on the label for this specimen is that it uses an old obscure term for pitchblende, “Uranpecherz" that was discontinued around 1820. Thus, this specimen may have been collected by Martin Klaproth, as he died in 1817 and his collection was acquired by the museum prior to his death. 


Extremely Rare Uraninite Specimen from Shinkolobwe Mine in The Congo

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The sharp cubic crystals of black Uraninite on this specimen from Shinkolobwe mine in The Congo are exceedingly rare. This piece feels incredibly heavy, and indeed while it is only 4.5 x 4.5 x 3.5 cm in size, it weighs over 237 grams - over half a pound. 


Beautiful, Rich and Super Active Torbernite Specimen from The Congo

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This specimen of Torbernite is one of the most active and colorful specimens we’ve ever seen.  Mined at Shinkolobwe mine in The Congo, the specimen measures 10 x 9 x 7 cm. The crystals completely cover one side of the specimen and part of another side. 


Huge Radian-Barite Specimen from the Czech Republic

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Radian-Barite (aka Radiobarite) is is comprised of radium and barium sulfate.  This large specimen (over 2700 grams) came from Lahošť (Jeníkov), Duchcov (Dux), Ústí Region, Bohemia (Böhmen; Boehmen) in the Czech Republic. This location is known for its Radium-Barite deposits. A specimen of this extraordinary size is rarely seen on the market


The Congo

It was from the Shinkolobwe mine in the Katanga province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo that the United States acquired Uranium to supply the Manhattan Project. This area, considered a freak of nature, has some of the richest, most beautiful and hottest Uranium minerals to be found anywhere in the world. Each of the Uranium minerals below are from this region of the Congo and are from old collections that were put together before the mines were officially closed, flooded and sealed. As shown in the photos below, the colors and activity levels of these specimens are truly unique. 

Curite, Uraninite and other Uranium alteration minerals. 70 grams. 


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Becquerelite, Curite, Uraninite, Uranophane. 188 grams.


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Uraninite, Curite and Soddyite. 88 grams. 


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Curite. 72 grams. 


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Sklodowskite. 105 grams. 


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Vandenbrandeite, Schoepite and Cuprosklodowskite. 65 grams. 


Torbernite. 652 grams.


Cuprosklodowskite with Malachite: 120 grams. 


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Torbernite: 54 grams. 


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Rutherfordine and Schoepite: 58 grams. 


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 Vandenbrandeite from Zaire: 33 grams.


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Kasolite: 18 grams. 


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Parsonite: 35 grams. 


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Torbernite: 140 grams. 


Canada

Bags of Uranium ore were ferried by  miners working at  Port Radium from the Eldorado mine across Great Bear Lake. The crushed ore was refined in Port Hope, Ontario. This ore also fed the Manhattan project.  As shown in the photos below,  these specimens are incredibly high grade examples of essentially pure Pitchblende / Uraninite.  The last two photos from the January 14, 1946 issues of “Life Magazine” show the the mines in the area after the end of World War II.

Pitchblende with Slight Botryoidal Texture from Great Bear Lake. 156 grams. 


Pitchblende from Great Bear Lake. 112 grams. 


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Uraninite with Gold from Great Bear Lake. 65 grams. 


Huge Uraninite from Dennison Mine at Elliott Lake Ontario. Over 3,600 grams (8 pounds). 


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Thorite from Bancroft Ontario. 554 grams. 

 


Germany

Classic example of pure, rich, heavy and dense Uraninite from Saxony Germany.  Wismut was a uranium mining company active in Saxony during the cold war. It produced a total of 230,400 tons of uranium between 1947 and 1990 and made East Germany the fourth largest producer of uranium ore in the world at the time.

Uraninite from Schlema, Germany. 240,000 CPM and 80 mR/hr. 



The Czech Republic

This region of the world in considered the birthplace of large-scale Uranium mining. The botryoidal specimens from these locations are incredibly active. Several localities in Czechoslovakia were mined by the former Soviet Union during the cold war. The largest deposits were in Pribram and these locations yielded about 50,000 tons of Uranium.

Botryoidal Pitchblende from Bukov, Rozzna Deposit in the Czech Republic: 93 grams. 


Uraninite from Mine #3, Kamenna Shaft, Pribram, Czech Republic: 86 grams. 


Uraninite from Mine #3, Kamenna Shaft, Pribram, Czech Republic: 147 grams. 


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Botryoidal Pitchblende / Uraninite from Pribram in the Czech Republic: 125 grams. 


Pitchblende from Pribram in the Czech Republic: 115 grams. 


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Botryoidal Uraninite from Pribram in the Czech Republic: 148 grams. 


Radianbaryte from Lahost in the Czech Republic: 362 grams. 


England

Pitchblende from Cornwall England. 107 grams. 


Pitchblende from Cornwall England. 178 grams. 



The United States

The first three photos show a a stunningly beautiful and superbly active historical specimen of Schoepite, Gummite and dendritic Uraninite from the Ruggles Mine in Grafton New Hampshire. This specimen was collected by the well-known geologist Benjamin Shaub in 1938 (see photos for additional details). These are followed by two photos of a super dense 12 centimeter slab of solid Pitchblende from Happy Jack mine in Utah. 

The next two photos are from the famous Mi Vida mine. On July 6, 1952, Charlie Steen found an extremely large and very high grade deposit of Pitchblende in Lisbon Valley, southeast of Moab, Utah. His story was one of incredible perseverance through hardship until he found what he was looking for. He named it the "Mi Vida" mine (My Life), and it was the first big strike of the uranium boom. Steen made millions off his claims, which prompted a "Uranium Rush" of prospectors into the Four Corners region. Those who knew him describe him as a very generous man who gave back to the community in terms of education and housing for workers. He died in 2006 with most of his fortune lost to various investments. The ashes of Charlie Steen and his wife Minnie Lee were scattered at the Mi Vida site. The mine is no longer active. The Mi Vida specimens are followed by a very rare high grade drill core sample is from the Hack #2 mine Coconino, Arizona. The sample was taken in 1965.

Finally, the photo at the bottom of the page shows an enormous 105 pound piece of petrified wood with Carnotite from the Anaconda mine in New Mexico. Note the penny in the first photo for size reference. This piece was collected decades ago by a mine foreman working in the Uranium mine. The piece looks like a recent piece of tree trunk until you touch it and then try to lift it. It is SOLID rock - and replete with Carnotite and perhaps some Uraninite too in a particularly hot area of the specimen (the last photo in the series).

Polished Slab of Schoepite, Gummite and Uraninite. 722 grams. 


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Pitchblende from Happy Jack mine in San Juan Co. Utah: 500 grams. 

Pitchblende from Charlie Steen's Mi Vida mine: 93 grams. 

Pitchblende from Charlie Steen's Mi Vida Mine: 477 grams. 


Drill Core Sample of High Grade Uraninite from the Hack #2 Mine in Arizona. 92 grams. 


Pitchblende from Schwartzwalder Mine in Colorado: 210 grams. 


Pitchblende with Autunite from Crooks Gap Wyoming: 321 grams. 


Pitchblende with Autunite from Crooks Gap Wyoming: 268 grams. 

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