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    Stephanite

    Stephanite & Polybasite
    Chispas Mine, Arizpe, Mun. de Arizpe, Sonora, Mexico

    "A cluster of black stephanite crystals to about 1.5 inches in diameter with smaller wheels of polybasite in association. Traded from Yale University with Dr. Horis [sic] Winchel [sic]. When I opened the drawer that had the stephanite specimens I was blown away. I knew about the little European crystals that all the advanced collectors venerated so much, but the Arizpe stephanites in Yale's collection was a whole new dimension in the collection. I decided to see if I could trade one out of them. I eventually got a magnificent datolite and apophyllite specimen from Granby, Connecticut and abut [sic] a half dozen other specimens and offered them all to him for one stephanite. I wanted one of the other larger ones than the one he traded me, but those all had stars on them which he explained meant that they were all figured in the American Journal of Science article in the late 1800s [sic] and that they had a policy of never trading that material. So I settled for this little specimen. All the collectors of silver and Mexican minerals drool then [sic] they see it. One other dealer I know who has seen the Yale stephanites said he thought my specimen was the best one because it had less damage than the ones in their collection but I still think they have bigger and better than my specimen which may be the best one in private hands in the world."
    - Rock H. Currier

    Not much to add to the narrative provided by Rock. Read it and lust in your heart of hearts, or just bid on it. Accompanied by the Miguel Romero trophy, label from the Peabody Museum of Yale, and a custom acrylic base.
    Overall Measurements: 3.9 x 2.4 x 2.0 inches (10.0 x 6.0 x 5.0 cm)

    Provenance: Ex. Yale University Peabody Museum Collection [RHC #1864, acquired 1976], TMGS 2016 Romero Award Winner
    Publication: Ford, William E. "Stephanite Crystals from Arizpe, Sonora, Mexico," American Journal of Science, 4th Ser., XXV, 244-248, 1908.
    MinID 78P-YAD

    [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]




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    Auction Dates
    August, 2019
    26th Monday
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