Radioactive Things

We sell high quality radioactive minerals, antique Radium devices, Trinitite, spinthariscopes and artifacts from the early atomic era. We also buy some of these items too, so if you find something hidden away in an attic or a drawer that was handed down to you - please contact us. 

Believed to have originated in supernova explosions, Uranium is the heaviest natural element on earth, and it continually decays over time with a half-life of 4.5 billion years. It was discovered by Klaproth in 1789 in the black mineral Pitchblende and in 1896 Becquerel demonstrated that Uranium was radioactive.

In 1898 Marie Curie discovered a new element in Pitchblende that she named Radium which is 2 million times more radioactive than Uranium itself. Fission was discovered in 1938 by Otto Hahn and explained theoretically in 1939 by Lise Meitner. U235, the raw material for fission, is only 0.7% of natural Uranium (99% is U-238, and a trace amount is U-234)

At the peak of the Uranium boom, the U.S. Atomic Energy Agency offered up to $30,000 for discovery of high grade Uranium ore in the United States.  Here is a photo of an old abandoned Uranium mine in the Yellow Cat area of southeastern Utah.

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