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    Sale 12052

    Science & Natural History

    19 October 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 132



    Price Realised  


    from Choix, Sinaloa Province, of natural form
    3¾in. (9.5cm.) wide

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    These old smithsonites from a small artisanal (hand tool worked) mine in Choix, once worked for lead, have produced some of the world's most beautiful specimens of smithsonite, a lead carbonate mineral species. Collectors today still treasure these old classics, though they only turn up on the market out of old collections. The present specimen has a particularly nice display face with rolling hillocks of natural pastel colour, and no damage at all. It would date before 2000, when the last finds came out. Smithsonite of this particular colour and shape combination is unique to this location.

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