MUN13-1175/HO1078
Bastnaesite
$8,500.00
Small Cabinet, 6.0 x 3.9 x 2.7 cm
Zagi Mountain, Kafoor Dheri, near Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

This is a HUGE single crystal of the rare earth element species Bastnaesite. Seldom do we see them so large from any locale. This piece has a rich leather-brown color and waxy luster, making it a rare large display-quality specimen. The upwards-splaying shape is natural, although odd for the species. It is complete, though contacted where it grew against other minerals or host rock. A major example of the species in display size, from the noted collection of dealer Herb Obodda, who brought so many of them out. Joe Budd photos.

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