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The Pedro Goy Collection

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Carles Curto Text: Carles Curto (curator of the Geology Museum, Barcelona ) & Jordi Fabre
Assistance from John S. White (former Smithsonian curator) John S. White

 


Pedro Goy Benítez (1917-2000) was born in the town of Esparraguera, in the province of Barcelona, but lived most of his life in Oviedo and Madrid.

Pedro was a ‘hidden’ collector, and very few people in the Spanish world of minerals knew that he had assembled a good collection through his hard work and excellent aesthetic taste.

He was self taught, a close friend to those that knew him, pleasant, and well educated, so his presence at mineral shows in the 80s and 90s was absolutely synonymous with a good conversation. He was always hunting for the most attractive specimen at the show, then matching his wish for beauty with the need for scientific knowledge, which he demanded of the dealers or he found among the many mineral text books that he owned.

Pedro Goy


He was interested in botany, mycology, and medicine, just to give you an idea of the range of his interests he wrote material that developed into what he called
"An almost encyclopedic glossary of the physical cosmos and nuclear physics".

We hope that through this page we can share the Pedro Goy Collection with other mineral collectors. It is a collection that represents, in a very special way, the dawn of modern Spanish mineralogy as well as the type and form of collection that was typical in Madrid and the regions it influenced during the 1970s to 1990s.

 

Cinnabar
Cerussite
Azurite

 

The Pedro Goy Collection


Anhydrite with Calcite and Pyrite
Anhydrite with Calcite and Pyrite. Front
Front
Anhydrite with Calcite and Pyrite. Top
Top

GV96R9: A fanlike group of flat prismatic crystals. They have uniform sky blue color and good terminations.
Naica, Municipio Saucillo, Chihuahua  Mexico (±1987)

Specimen size: 14 × 7.7 × 3.6 cm = 5.5” × 3.0” × 1.4”

Former collection of Pedro Goy. Number 382



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Acanthite

GR96Q5: Very aerial parallel growths of cubic crystals with perfectly defined faces and edges and partially skeletal. The Acanthite has an excellent luster, a characteristic of the samples from this mine.
Rayas Mine, Guanajuato, Municipio Guanajuato  Mexico

Specimen size: 1.9 × 1.6 × 0.7 cm = 0.7” × 0.6” × 0.3”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.7 cm = 0.3” × 0.3”

Former collection of Pedro Goy. Number 180



Acanthite.
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Andradite (variety demantoid)
Andradite (variety demantoid). Andradite (variety demantoid).

GZ87R0: Group of crystals that combine the forms of a dominant trapezohedron with the dodecahedron. The crystals have a very deep color, green with slightly brownish shades. They are very bright and are partially coating a matrix of volcanic rock. The locality is very unusual for the species.
Cerro de la Concordia, Piedra Parada (Las Vigas), Municipio Tatatila, Veracruz (Veracruz de Ignacio de la Llave)  Mexico

Specimen size: 8.2 × 6 × 4.9 cm = 3.2” × 2.4” × 1.9”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.6 cm = 0.2” × 0.2”

Former collection of Pedro Goy. Number 53



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Tremolite

GB16R9: Sharp prismatic crystal with very well defined faces and edges. It is deep green and has a very good luster.
Miners Bay, Haliburton County, Ontario  Canada (±1984)

Specimen size: 3.6 × 1.5 × 1.1 cm = 1.4” × 0.6” × 0.4”

Former collection of Pedro Goy. Number 309



Tremolite. Front
Front
Tremolite. Top
Top
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Andradite with Clinochlore
Andradite with Clinochlore. Andradite with Clinochlore.

GM66R9: Group of dodecahedral crystals slightly beveled by trapezohedral faces and partially coated by Clinochlore.
Val di Vizze, Bolzano Province, Trentino-Alto Adige (Trentino-Sόdtirol)  Italy (±1984)

Specimen size: 7.8 × 5.2 × 3.8 cm = 3.1” × 2.0” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.4 cm = 0.3” × 0.2”

Former collection of Pedro Goy. Number 109



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Celestine with Sulfur

GQ47R9: Group of white prismatic crystals with very well defined faces and edges on a matrix of Sulfur. An Italian classic.
La Grasta Mine, Delia, Caltanissetta Province, Sicily  Italy

Specimen size: 11.4 × 6.6 × 5.4 cm = 4.5” × 2.6” × 2.1”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.6 cm = 0.4” × 0.2”

Former collection of Pedro Goy. Number 166



Celestine with Sulfur. Celestine with Sulfur.
Order
Colemanite
Colemanite. Colemanite.

GT47R6: Druse growth of crystals with very well defined faces and edges, transparent, bright and on matrix.
Bigadiη, Balikesir, Marmara Region,   Turkey

Specimen size: 11.2 × 9 × 6.5 cm = 4.4” × 3.5” × 2.6”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 1.3 cm = 0.5” × 0.5”

Former collection of Pedro Goy. Number 163

Very fluorescent and phosphorescent



Order
Vanadinite

GF36Q1: Very aerial group of doubly terminated crystals of good size, with parallel growths and deep color with orange-brown reflections.
Mibladen (Mibladen mining district), Midelt, Midelt Province, Meknθs-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (±1980)

Specimen size: 3 × 2.2 × 2.8 cm = 1.2” × 0.9” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 1 cm = 0.4” × 0.4”

Former collection of Pedro Goy. Number 269



Vanadinite. Front
Front
Vanadinite. Top
Top
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Erythrite with Skutterudite
Erythrite with Skutterudite. Erythrite with Skutterudite.

GC17Q5: Aggregate of bright crystals, very well defined and with good color, that fill in a cavity in a matrix of metallic sulphides.
Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draβ Region  Morocco (±1980)

Specimen size: 7.5 × 6.8 × 5.4 cm = 3.0” × 2.7” × 2.1”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.5 cm = 0.4” × 0.2”

Former collection of Pedro Goy. Number 105



Order
Topaz

GF27AD4: Floater and doubly terminated crystal. It is transparent and colorless, very bright and has polycrystalline forms on both terminations, suggesting that it must be from Teσfilo Otoni area, although we cannot be sure of the locality.
Minas Gerais,   Brazil

Specimen size: 6.2 × 2.7 × 1.5 cm = 2.4” × 1.1” × 0.6”

Former collection of Pedro Goy




Topaz. Front
Front
Topaz. Rear
Rear
Topaz. Top
Top
Order
Rutile with Hematite
Rutile with Hematite. Front
Front
Rutile with Hematite. Rear
Rear
Rutile with Hematite

GB52AD4: Epitaxial growths on platy Hematite crystals of thin Rutile crystals with finely striated prismatic faces and good terminations. They have a golden color and are very bright. The sample is from the first finds of this type of Rutile from the locality.
Caν bom Mine, Novo Horizonte, Bahia  Brazil

Specimen size: 4.5 × 3 × 0.9 cm = 1.8” × 1.2” × 0.4”

Former collection of Pedro Goy




Order
Scheelite with Calcite

GV46P9: An esthetic miniature from a locality already historic. Its crystals have the dark tones typical of Korean samples, they have very well defined faces and edges and are very bright, with small coatings of white rhombohedral crystals of Calcite.
Tae Hwa Mine, Neungam-ri, Angseong-myeon, Chungju, Chungcheongbukdo  South Korea (±1985)

Specimen size: 3.2 × 2.8 × 2.4 cm = 1.3” × 1.1” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 1.6 cm = 0.7” × 0.6”

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV

Former collection of Pedro Goy. Number 358



Scheelite with Calcite. Front
Front
Scheelite with Calcite. Side
Side
Order
Mimetite
Mimetite.

GH14W3: Very aerial group of short prismatic crystals beveled by the faces of a dipyramid. They are translucent, with yellow color and on matrix. An excellent miniature from a locality that is classic for this species.
Mount Bonnie Mine, Grove Hill, Victoria-Daley Shire, Northern Territory,   Australia (±1980)

Specimen size: 2 × 1.6 × 1.3 cm = 0.8” × 0.6” × 0.5”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.6 cm = 0.2” × 0.2”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of Pedro Goy. Number 207



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