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#75727, Cerussite and Quartz on
Galena, Wheatley Mine, Phoenixville District, Pennsylvania
Are you considering donating your mineral collection to a museum upon your
death or when you downsize your home late in life?
Choose the recipient museum wisely.
Large museums have collections so large that your mineral collection will
not be displayed to the public. These museums will bury your minerals in
storage, or sell them to generate funds for better acquisitions. And these
museums will not accept restrictions on your donated collection - so do not
expect to require they display the collection. They will decline the donation
in that instance.
But donating your collection to small regional museums is worthwhile. I recommend
Franklin (NJ) Mineral Museum
New York State Museum
Connecticut Mineral Museum
Maine Gem and Mineral Museum
Obviously the New York minerals should go to the New York State Museum, etc.
But do not donate to the Smithsonian or American Museum of Natural History
(NYC) or large universities like Harvard or Yale. They do not need more minerals.
Donate your collection to where they will actually be appreciated.
John Betts, 8/4/2020
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"Just an FYI. Received my 7 specimen mineral order today for the very reasonable
price of $240, after your multi specimen discount. That is a little more
than $30 per specimen on average. While these were all small miniatures,
I thought the quality was excellent from a lack of damage perspective, uniqueness
for location crystal morphology perspective. (and the price was great for
that). Any beginner or moderate-skilled collector would greatly benefit from
the addition of these specimens. I consider myself an advanced collector,
and this suite really made me happy and hit the mark with me for what they
are in size. I have spent very much more $$$ on high quality
larger specimens. These in their own way, in my opinion, hold their own in
the collection for reasons mentioned. Maybe I am over the top on this, but
I very much like what I received. Thanks. Dan M."
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Pledge to My Customers:
Customer satisfaction is my primary goal. I pledge:
New minerals will be added to this site every week.
All minerals offered will be naturally crystallized specimens - no fakes,
no dyes, no irradiation, no crystals glued on matrix.
Only the exact item pictured on the site will be shipped - no substitutes.
Photographs will accurately represent each item - no exaggeration, enhancement
or retouching flaws.
Mineral species and localities will be accurately listed on labels with each
All items will be shipped via US Postal Service, usually the next business
day after the order is finalized.
Each mineral will be individually wrapped and carefully packaged to prevent
damage during shipping.
All historic labeling, if available, will be included with each mineral.
Returns are gladly accepted. No questions asked, no explanation necessary.
All customer information will be kept confidential and never shared or sold.
I will continue to freely share my knowledge with others and contribute
to the study and appreciation of minerals.
All mineral specimens have a lifetime guarantee: if the mineral species was
incorrectly identified, I will refund the cost of the original purchase &
shipping, the cost return shipping and the cost for testing.
John H. Betts, owner
Mineral dealer since 1989, mineral collector since 1967
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