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Ultra Rare 27.3 Gram Gold In Quartz Croagh Patrick: St. Patrick's Mt. Ireland For Sale

Ultra Rare 27.3 Gram Gold In Quartz Croagh Patrick: St. Patrick's Mt. Ireland

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Folks, if you are a serious worldwide gold specimen collector, take a very good look at this piece, you will not find another like it available anywhere!Nearly two years ago I was fortunate enough to pick up an incredible Irish, English and Scottish collection that had some truly wonderful pieces from both old time classic localities and a few localities that are just plain impossible to obtain from anywhere today. This is by far the very best and last (I always save the best for last!) of a small number of pieces that were included in the collection of Irish gold from perhaps the most rare gold locality on the planet with surely the most historical significance. This is a specimen of gold in quartz from the "B" Vein, Lecanvey Prospect, Croagh Patrick, County Mayo, Ireland. It weighs 27.3 grams (0.88 Troy ounce) including the quartz matrix, it measures 3.5 x 2.9 x 2.3 cm in size, and is composed of rich mini gold crystals growing on and through a white quartz matrix. It comes professionally labeled and mounted to a 4 x 4 x 2 cm square acrylic base and ready for immediate display with both our label and the original collection label!

What makes this specimen so special and rare is that it comes from the slopes of Croagh Patrick, a 2,500 foot mountain in Ireland that was the site that Saint Patrick (yes, THE St. Patrick that the famed day is named after) spent 40 days fasting on in about the year 460 and subsequently reportedly cast all snakes and reptiles out of Ireland, which helped him to Sainthood. The site is one of the most holy sites in the Christian world, and the holiest in Ireland, and more than a million people take pilgrimages to the site each year (many walk barefoot or crawl up its 2,500 foot slopes).

I've included a condensed narrative of this location and its history below for those that want to read on, but in short it has been a holy site for over 5,000 years and predates Christianity by some 3,000 years, being a renown holy site for the Celts prior to their conversion by St. Patrick to Christianity. Back in the 1980's, gold was discovered (or perhaps better described as rediscovered as anthropologists believe gold was mined here by the Celtic people thousands of years ago and it may be the source of the gold found in ancient Celtic artifacts now housed in museums in the country). The discovery and exploration mining caused a huge public outcry with concerns over the potential desecration of this most holy of sites, and was subsequently stopped in the exploration stage. I've never seen anyone else with one of these specimens, and was unable to find a single one offered for sale anywhere on the Internet. I'm sure there were very few of these that ever came out and there will likely never be any more.

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Croagh Patrick (which comes from the Irish Cruach Phádraig, meaning "(Saint Patrick's stack"), and nicknamed the Reek, is a 764 meter (2,507ft) tall mountain and the most important Christian pilgrimage site in Ireland located in County Mayo. In pagan times it was known as Cruachán Aigle, being mentioned by that name in numerous sources including the Annuals of Ulster entry for the year 1113.

Croagh Patrick has been a site of pilgrimage, especially at the summer solstace since before the arrival of Celtic Christianity. Saint Patrick (for whom St. Patrick’s Day is named) reputedly fasted on the summit of Croagh Patrick for forty days in the fifth century (sometime around the year 460) and built a church there. Popular legend says that at the end of Patrick's 40-day fast, he threw a silver bell down the side of the mountain, knocking the she-demon Corra fom the sky and banishing all the snakes and reptiles from Ireland.

On Reek Sunday, the last Sunday of July every year, people come in the thousands to climb its slopes, some to look, but most to pray. Individuals and groups come from all over the world. Up until 1974 the pilgrims climbed right through the night to watch the morning sunrise at the summit. This was a wondrous sight of moving lights over an ascending distance of almost 3 miles. Currently it is estimated that nearly one million pilgrims climb to the summit each year. In the Irish Christian tradition the ascent is undertaken as an act of penance for wrongdoing, and many of the pilgrims climb barefoot, or even on their knees. The tradition of pilgrimage to this holy mountain stretches back over 5,000 years from the Stone Age to the present day without interruption. Neolithic foundations have been found on the summit, and Neolithic art has been discovered on a natural rock outcrop (known as "St. Patrick’s Chair") along the pilgrimage route to the summit. A hill fort and at least thirty hut sites have been found with artifacts dating from the 3rd century B.C.

By the seventh century the holy mountain had become one of the two most important Christian pilgrimage sites in all Ireland . Prior to AD 1113 the pilgrims came to the mountain during Lent, but following a wild storm in which thirty people died upon the peak, the pilgrimage period was changed to summer, with the most popular days being the last Friday and Sunday of July.

In the 1980’s, Ireland was involved in a systematic program of mineral exploration that led to the discovery of visible gold in quartz veins in Silurian quartzites at Lecanvey on the slopes of Croagh Patrick in 1984. Drilling outlined a geological reserve estimated at as much as 700,000 tons of ore with an overall grade of up to 14 grams of gold per ton in at least 12 different small quartz veins. Many archeologists believe that the gold that was used to form the numerous ancient Celtic artifacts found and housed in museums in the country likely came from these gold seams on the slopes of Croagh Patrick.

The potential development of mining on the slopes of Croagh Patrick caused a significant issue with local communities, environmentalists, and the Catholic Church, and led to huge protests against mining on this sacred mountain. The protesters said the rush to extract gold, a process that commonly employs cyanide and strip mining, could gravely threaten the sacred mountain and also undermine farming, fishing and tourism, western Ireland's economic pillars. "Sometimes a balance has to be struck between beauty and material gain," wrote Joseph Cassidy, Archbishop of Tuam in a letter in the Irish Times. "Beautiful places are gifts from God," he wrote. "As such, it is not just a local preserve, but a national, even international, inheritance." "Croagh Patrick doesn't just occupy space, it straddles history. For Irish Christianity it is our foundation mountain. Digging into the Reek is digging deep into the religious sensibilities of our religion, " Cassidy said

Due to these protests and strong support from the citizens of the County, Ireland, and Christians around the world to save the historical, religious, and environmental nature of this most sacred place, the Mayo County Council stopped further mining of the area after the initial exploration work, and the area of the deposit has since been excluded from Prospecting Licenses due to its location near the summit of this mountain of pilgrimage, Croagh Patrick.




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