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|Classification:||Lead Mine Silver Mine Iron Mine Copper Mine|
|Address:||Groupe Minéralogique "Potasse", Dr. Mary Bernard, 12 rue des moulins, 68700 Cernay, Tel: 0389-756508. E-mail:|
|As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
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|15th cty||first mining.|
|1633||mining destroyed by the Swedish occupants under the command of Bernard Saxe Weimar (Thirty Years War).|
|1695||mine St Nicolas ropened.|
|1871||Alsace annexed by Prussia.|
|1874||mine reopened by the German owners.|
|1902||first mine closed.|
|1904||end of mining.|
|1989||restauration of the mine.|
The rocks around Silberthal contain veins of polymetallic ores, mostly galena and chalcopyrite in quartz and barite. The veins were up to 60cm wide. The ore is of very good quality, typically "45 to 64 pounds of lead and 1/2 to 1 loth silver per quintal of ore". This means 45 to 64% lead and 0.03% to 0.06% silver content.
La mine St Nicolas (The mine of St Nicolas) is located at the mining dirstrict Steinbach. It was renovated since 1989 by the club minéralogique "POTASSE" (mineral club Potash). The entrance was collapsed, so a section of about seven meters had to be reopened.
The mine was operated from the 17th century to the early 20th century. The passages show the marks of their creation with a hammer and chisel, and they are trucated by later passages built with the use of explosives. During the 18th century ventilation shafts were created to provide better air.