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Bastnasite-(Ce) (Rob Sielecki Coll.) viewBack to PRE-TUCSON SPECIAL MINERAL COLLECTION LIQUIDATION AUCTION:
featuring OLD CLASSICS - ends Thursday Feb 7, 2019

Zagi Mountain, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
  • Starting Time:2/1/2019 06:30:00 PM(CST)
  • Ending Time:2/7/2019 06:30:00 PM(CST)
  • Time Left:Auction Is Closed

  • Size:8.4 x 6.8 x 4.4 cm
  • Size Description:Small Cabinet

Description:A 1.0 cm, sharp, lustrous, translucent, tabular, honey-brown Bastnasite crystal is aesthetically set on the gneiss matrix. Bastnasite is an uncommon, hexagonal rare earth Cesium carbonate with easily the world's finest and largest examples coming from Zagi Moutain. These fairly new specimens from here have simply redefined the species for size and quality of crystals. It seems as though this locality has produced less and less of these outstanding specimens over the last few years (the ongoing nearby Afghanistan conflict has much to do with this), and if you don't have one in your collection, just keep in mind that these crystals are superb for what they are. Ex Rob Sielecki Collection, a prominent Australian dealer and collector. An uncommon and uncommonly large matrix specimen valued at $1000-1250.

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