Jardinera No. 1 Mine, Inca de Oro, Copiapo, Atacama Province, Chile (TYPE and ONLY LOCALITY)
Miniature, 4.0 x 3.9 x 2.2 cm
Ex. Terry 'Skip' Szenics
Extremely sharp, brilliant green crystals of this very rare molybdate species in an unusually fine 3-dimensional cluster, make this a SUPERB miniature for the species. It comes from the collection of the discoverer and namesake. It is truly amazing to discover a beautiful new mineral species in today's world, in crystals that can reach several centimeters. Most new species are micros or smears in rocks. But, this is exactly what happened in the January 1993 with the discovery and naming of Szenicsite, a one-locality, one-find, copper molybdate with ELECTRIC GREEN COLOR. This was the ONLY major find of the species, and not even a trickle of good specimens followed the first few pockets collected by Terry Szenics. All good specimens came through him, this one included. However, this was not sold in the 1990s like most of them but was kept in his collection and only sold recently; and it bears his signed label, dated 2007, when he released it from his personal collection and sold it to me at the Springfield Show. Incredible, world class miniature of a phenomenally interesting species and find. (TYPE and ONLY LOCALITY)