SUPERB HEAVILY THUMBPRINTED SIKOTE-ALIN METAL METEORITE

SUPERB HEAVILY THUMBPRINTED SIKOTE-ALIN METAL METEORITE

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A SUPERB AND BEAUTIFUL PALM-SIZED CLASSIC IRON METEORITE

Dimensions

7.8 x 3.8 X 2.4 cm 395 GRAMS

Circa

ANCIENT

Country of manufacture

Other

Categories: Mineralogy & Gemmology, Natural history

Description

DESCRIPTION:
This is a superb fine Sikote-Aline meteorite weighing about 395 grams and measuring about 7.8 x 3.8 X 2.4 cm!. This palm-sized, heavy, class IIA metal meteorite is the largest and finest SA in my collection. You will not find a nicer example in this size!
Two different types of Sikhote-alin meteorites are available to the collector. The first type is torn, twisted, sharp edged pieces and are commonly referred to as shrapnel, since they are like twisted bomb fragments. The second, and more desirable type, are the strikingly beautiful regmaglyphted individuals like this exceptional example. This example is offered at an incredibly low price for such a fine example!

HISTORY AND IMPORTANCE OF THE SIKOTE-ALIN METEORITE:
This iron meteorite fell on Feb. 12, 1947 in the Sikhote-alin Mountains of Eastern Siberia, Russia. It is the largest observed meteorite fall in history with over 23000 kg leaving a smoke trail which could be seen in the sky for hours. A Russian artist, P.I. Medvedev was sitting in his window starting a sketch when the fireball appeared. He immediately began drawing what he saw. This painting was reproduced on a 1957 Russian postage stamp commemorating the 10th anniversary of the event; even that stamp has appreciated substantially in value over the years. The SA meteorite is probably the meteorite that looks most like what most people think a meteorite should look like and is one of my three favorite meteorites. It is classified as a class IIB coarsest iron octahedrite.

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US Scientique

I have been a scientific instrument collector and dealer for over twenty five years. I have a wide variety of instruments for sale, including globes, orreries, and microscopes. I also have a collection of meteorites for sale. I have a detailed knowledge of the history of many of my instruments and maintain an informational website (www.microscope-antiques.com) open to the public which, although it will include all types instruments, currently concentrates on microscopes. I am a member of the Quekett Microscopical Society and The Microscopical Society of Southern California. I have contributed numerous articles to the Journal of the latter, and have also written articles about orreries published in the Journal 'Rittenhouse,' the American Scientific Instrument Society Journal. Many other additional original articles I have written about microscopes and their history, can be found on my web site at www.microscope-antiques.com/articles.html. I have been a meteorite collector for decades and all of my meteorites are guaranteed to be absolutely authentic.

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