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Krennerite from the Cresson Mine, Cripple Creek, Colorado (about 5 mm).
Category Telluride mineral
(repeating unit)
Strunz classification 2.EA.15
Crystal system Orthorhombic
Crystal class Pyramidal (mm2)
Formula mass 453.2 g/mol
Color White to blackish yellow
Crystal habit Massive to crystalline
Crystal symmetry Orthorhombic
H-M symbol: (mm2)
Space group: Pma2
Cleavage Perfect
Fracture Conchoidal
Mohs scale hardness 2.5
Luster Metallic
Streak greenish grey
Diaphaneity opaque
Density 8.53
Optical properties Anisotrophic
Pleochroism weak
Ultraviolet fluorescence None
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Krennerite is an orthorhombic gold telluride mineral which can contain a relatively small amount of silver in the structure. The formula is AuTe2 varying to (Au0.8,Ag0.2)Te2. Both of the chemically similar gold-silver tellurides, calaverite and sylvanite, are in the monoclinic crystal system, whereas krennerite is orthorhombic.

The color varies from silver-white to brass-yellow. It has a specific gravity of 8.53 and a hardness of 2.5. It occurs in high temperature, hydrothermal environments.

Krennerite was discovered in 1878 near the village of Săcărâmb, Romania, and first described by the Hungarian mineralogist Joseph Krenner (1839–1920).

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Krennerite in a quartz vein, Cresson Mine, Cripple Creek, Colorado. Specimen size 3.0 x 2.7 x 2.5 cm. See infobox for detail photo.