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Mineral Name: Cobaltite
Composition: Cobalt arsenic sulfide
Nomenclature: Named after cobalt, one of its constituent elements. The name cobalt is derived from the German kobold which means "goblin," a reference to the health problems experienced by old-time miners when they encountered cobalt ore.
Industrial Uses: Ore of cobalt.
Additional Notes: Cobaltite is similar to pyrite in terms of crystal shape, but is easily distinguished by color. Cobaltite is metallic grey. Pyrite is brassy yellow.

Norway Scott 1197
Scott 1197
5.20 krone
18 Jun 1998

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