Dims: 11.0" x 9.2" x 1.0" (27.9 x 23.4 x 2.8 cm)
Wt: 3 lbs., 6.5 oz. (1.544 kg)
Sparta, Illinois, U.S.A.
This Pyrite sun specimen is still partially embedded in its shale matrix. The sun itself is not quite round in shape, measuring 4.0 x 3.4" (10.2 x 8.6 cm), and is rather thin, measuring 0.2" (0.5 cm) as far as I can tell. It shows a small amount of layering, and the one visible face is striated with lines that radiate out in a 360-degree arc from a central point. It has a rather deep golden color and shows hints of red and orange iridescence. It also has a slightly dull metallic luster. The black shale host rock on which it rests has been coated with a lacquer for protection and cosmetic purposes. It is a really neat speciemen that convinces the viewer that Pyrite suns are not fabricated by humans (this misconception is not uncommon).