THE DORIS NININGER BANKS COLLECTION OF MINERALS
A unique and beautiful offering with exceptional provenance

We recently had the extraordinary privilege of traveling to Sedona, AZ to view the estate of the late Doris Nininger Banks, daughter of the great meteorite pioneer H.H. Nininger. Doris followed in her famous father's footsteps and became a highly accomplished and experienced mineral collector and prospector.

When Dr. Nininger passed away in 1986, Doris remained in the Sedona family home and used it as a base to explore a multitude of mineral locations across North America. She unearthed fine specimens from a wealth of localities (some of which are now closed) and we were so impressed by the beauty and diversity of her collection that we purchased nearly all of it.

These superb pieces have a marvelous and unique provenance and will appeal to both mineral and meteorite collectors alike. An unprecedented opportunity to own an alluring piece of Nininger family history. Every piece is accompanied by a custom Nininger Banks Mineral Collection specimen identification card.

All of these specimens are one-of-a-kind and we do not have duplicates. Don't delay if you want one for your collection.


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AMETHYST WITH HEMATITE STAIN

This wonderful cabinet specimen of Hematite stained amethyst on matrix from the Thunder Bay area of Canada reminds us of a hedgehog all curled up. The majority of the crystals are well terminated, though there are some that are fractured. Both the purple of the amethyst and reddish-brown of the Hematite are clearly visible. Excellent!
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653.3 grams  122 mm x 90 mm x 77 mm
$175.00

 

AMAZONITE

A lovely, compact, terminated individual crystal with a strong blue color. From the Glacier Peak Mines, Crystal Creek Mining District, Teller County, Colorado.

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35.1 grams  35 mm x 31 mm x 29 mm
$45.00

 

APOPHYLLITE ON PREHNITE

A fantastic cabinet specimen of the palest mint green prehnite balls with just a smattering of well formed milky white to clear Apophyllite crystals decorating the specimen.

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374.4 grams  119 mm x 86 mm x 42 mm
$50.00

 

ARAGONITE

A spectacular specimen with excellent crystal growth. There is just a hint of natural staining on a few faces, giving the piece even more of a 3-D appearance. From the El Potosi Mine, Chihuahua, Mexico and accompanied by an original typed Nininger Banks label.

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496.9 grams  140 mm x 96 mm x 71 mm
$100.00

 

CALCITE

A spectacular large singular crystal of honey-orange calcite. There are white spots along some of the edges. A classic crystal from North Vernon, Indiana.

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82.1 grams  51 mm x 46 mm x 36 mm
$40.00

 

CALCITE WITH HEMATITE

A large cabinet specimen with clear calcite over a rusty-colored hematite. The piece reminds us of a coral cluster in shape. There are a few larger (10- 20 mm) calcite crystals dotting a surface of small ground mass like calcite, which gives the whole specimen has a drusy sheen. From the El Potosi Mine in Chihuahua, Mexico. Accompanied by the original Nininger Banks label and paper silhouette.
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772.4 grams  171 mm x 128 mm x 79 mm $125.00

 

CELESTITE

A surprisingly heavy geode with a large and stunning celestite crystal surrounded by a number of smaller well-terminated crystals. This specimen is from Sakoany, Majunga, Madagascar and will come with the original label.

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261.6 grams  66 mm x 63 mm x 47 mm
$75.00

 

DIOPTASE AND CALCITE

A display-sized specimen of smaller dioptase crystals with great blue-green color and a pocket of calcite crystals on matrix. From Malposa, Cordoba Province in Argentina. Accompanied by the original hand-written Nininger Banks label.


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113.8 grams  89 mm x 40 mm x 36 mm
$75.00

 

GALENA CRYSTAL CLUSTER

A cabinet sized display specimen with massive (one crystal is 56 mm long!) galena crystal cubes. The faces of which have a step-like pattern of additional crystals. Top all that off with an iridescent sheen and you get a spectacular piece. The location is unknown, however, we are speculating it may be from the Tri-States area, as there are many specimens from that area in her collection.
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852.8 grams  194 mm x 157 mm x 115 mm

$200.00

 

HEULANDITE

This pale peach heulandite crystal cluster features a number of small crystals rising from most every surface of the matrix. There are some locations where the crystals are not intact. Those crystals that are present are well-formed. From Aurangabad, India. Accompanied by the original label.

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338.7 grams  140 mm x 112 mm x 56 mm
$50.00

 

MALACHITE AND CALCITE

An unusual mineral specimen with malachite dotted through clear calcite crystals, giving the specimen just the palest green hue. Surprising. From Zacatecas, Mexico and accompanied by the original typed Nininger Banks label.

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32.8 grams  43 mm x 32 mm x 27 mm $45.00

 

MIMETITE

A significant crystal cluster of mimetite on matrix from Naica, Mexico, with well-formed, bunched crystals in a rich butterscotch color. Accompanied by the original hand-written Nininger Banks label, which reads "Mematite".

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206.8 grams  61 mm x 59 mm x 44 mm
$125.00

 

PREHNITE CASTS AFTER LAUMONITE

A fabulous cabinet specimen of the palest green prehnite after laumonite. This piece is absolutely spectacular with delicate intertwined straws of prehnite. There is just a touch of matrix. This fantastic specimen is from Poonah, India. Accompanied by the original Nininger Banks label. A fantastic display specimen.
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655.8 grams  200 mm x 184 mm x 163 mm
$350.00

 

PYRITE CRYSTAL CLUSTER
A solid cluster of pyrite crystals on a ground mass. The crystals are well-formed. Excellent. The location is unknown.

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842.6 grams  115 mm x 80 mm x 51 mm
$50.00

 

QUARTZ CLUSTER

A cabinet-sized milky Quartz crystal cluster from Crystal Hill, Quartzsite, Arizona. There are a number of well formed crystals as well as some that are fractured. Some of the sides of the crystals are a little scuffed.

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463.7 grams  122 mm x 99 mm x 64 mm
$30.00

 

QUARTZ ON SPHALERITE

A study in contrasts. The tiny, exceptionally delicate white and clear quartz crystals stand out against a darker, blocky, metallic looking sphalerite. Absolutely spectacular! From the Camp Bird Mine in Colorado. Accompanied by the original typed Nininger Banks label.

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228.3 grams  171 mm x 169 mm x 92 mm
$75.00

 

RAM'S HORN GYPSUM

This display-sized specimen of Ram's Horn Gypsum has wonderful character. The two 'horns' rising from a base are reminiscent of a sea horse. This specimen is adhered to the stand. Accompanied by the original hand-written Nininger Banks label. From Santa Eulalia, Mexico. Note: the weight includes the stand.

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27.0 grams  60 mm x 35 mm x 26 mm
$50.00

 

FISHTAIL SELENITE

So named due the resemblance of this version of selenite to a fish's tail. This specimen is a good sized, solid individual with a myriad of stepped faces. Excellent! The location is unknown.

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320.0 grams  91 mm x 77 mm x 40 mm
$50.00

 

SMITHSONITE

A classic example of light blue botryoidal smithsonite from the infamous Kelly Mine in New Mexico. The smithsonite is draped over a segment of dark matrix for the most part intact, with a few chips and one nickel sized segment missing. This piece is accompanied by the original hand-written Nininger Banks label.

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127.6 grams  63 mm x 39 mm x 30 mm $100.00

 

SMOKY QUARTZ

This significant single smoky quartz crystal is from the Glacier Peak Mines, Crystal Creek Mining District, in Teller County, Colorado and has a wonderful deep, rich color. This is a well formed, terminated crystal, with a chip on the reverse face which shows a classic conchoidal fracture pattern.

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458.9 grams  101 mm x 73 mm x 46 mm $125.00

 

SMOKY QUARTZ CLUSTER

A significant and heavy pale smoky quartz cluster with many terminated points. Most of the crystals have multiple twins along the sides. There are a few crystals not intact. From Monticello, Manti-La National Forest in Utah. The hand-written Nininger Banks label is a small sticker on the bottom.

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1,116.7 grams  134 mm x 121 mm x 76 mm
$200.00

 

VANADINITE

A large plate of bladed barite crystals sprinkled liberally with well-formed small red vanadinite crystals. From Morocco.

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347.1 grams  140 mm x 91 mm x 23 mm
$100.00


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