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Steinbach   contributed by Oliver Sachs, IMCA 5758   MetBul Link

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Copyright (c) Dr. Oliver Sachs / Mirko Graul.
20.193 grams.   Iron IVA-an

TKW 98 kg. Fall not observed. Found 1724, Sachsen, Germany.


Oliver writes:
This is the new key slice of my collection: The Steinbach Meteorite. Steinbach was first found in 1724. Filled with radiant silicate inclusions, Steinbach is classified as an anomalous iron - it is a rare meteorite with the scientific designation IVA-an. The Meteorite Magazine issues of August 2002 and February 2003 show the former slice (92.5 grams) as cover picture. The slice has an interesting provenance: The former slice (92.5 grams) was part of the collection of The Natural History Museum (the former British Museum of Natural History) and was auctioned by the Macovich Collection at Bonham's in 2007. After the sale at Bonham's the former piece was cut into three more slices. And my slice is the middle one. It has a maximum height of 50.8 mm, a width of 47.7 mm and a thickness of 2.5 mm. The weight is 20.193 grams. Mirko Graul (Germany) took the three fantastic photos (Steinbach - backlit; Steinbach - normal; Steinbach - detail with nice green enstatite inclusion) for me.

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twink monrad
 12/16/2017 12:30:51 PM
what a beautiful job of photography!
 12/16/2017 11:21:56 AM
Wonderful specimen of a meteorite with great history. This iron couldn't have been found at a better place, close to the famous Bergakademie in Freiberg.
Mirko Graul
 12/16/2017 9:26:54 AM
Very nice and fantastic large slice of Steinbach !!
John Hope
 12/16/2017 12:13:44 AM
This is one very,very special specimen Oliver.You are blessed to own such a piece.

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