IRON METEORITES

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The most visually intriguing of meteorites are also the heaviest and the most recognisable. They come to us from large asteroids with molten cores that once orbited the sun between Mars and Jupiter. Extremely slow cooling of those cores, over millions of years, allowed nickel-iron alloys to crystallise into fantastic geometric structures knows as Widmanstätten Patterns. Much like snowflakes, the pattern of every iron meteorite is unique. Catastrophic collisions within the Asteroid Belt shattered some asteroids, sending pieces in all directions. Some of them eventually encountered Earth’s gravitational pull, resulting in a fiery journey through our atmosphere at speeds up to 100,000 miles per hour. Superheated to thousands of degrees Fahrenheit, the surfaces of these fragments melted to form beautiful sculptural indentations called regmaglypts or thumbprints — features that are unique to meteorites.

Our catalog of iron meteorites for sale is presented here, in alphabetical order. Click on any image for additional photographs. All specimens are fully guaranteed and we pride ourselves on outstanding customer service. Please contact us for additional information. And we hope you enjoy this look at the remnants of the hearts of ancient asteroids.

AGOUDAL

Iron IIAB, Found in Morocco, 2000

Agoudal is a recrystallized mystery. At some point, after the molten core of the asteroid from which this meteorite originated cooled, this material was reheated, probably by asteroidal collision occurring millions of years ago in space, that resulted in a ghostly and alluring speckled, snowflake-like frosting appearance to the surface of the sliced specimens. What calamity happened to Agoudal to melt its asteroidal core a second time? The vast majority of recovered pieces are far too small to cut in the laboratory, but a single, unusually large mass produced remarkable sliced specimens. Agoudal individuals display a beautiful natural patina, when cleaned some reveal orientation and flow lines with tiny regmaglypts! 

CAMPO DEL CIELO

AN IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING THE LEGALITY AND AVAILABILITY OF CAMPO DEL CIELO

On January 1, 2008 Argentina implemented a law prohibiting the exportation of meteorites. All of our Campo del Cielo specimens were legally obtained prior to the enactment of that law. We do not trade in illegally exported meteorite specimens. The Campo del Cielo irons we currently have in stock are all we will ever have. Experienced collectors know that prices on this excellent, historic meteorite have risen dramatically during the past year, so if you are thinking of acquiring one for your collection, now is the time.

CAMPO/LAS PALMAS

Unclassified Iron

Discovered by a close friend and colleague of ours, this little-known iron meteorite was found in a tiny strewn field in South America. Never officially offered to the public, it has undergone analysis by UCLA, the Center for Meteorite Studies at ASU, and the University of Arizona. Our provisional name for this meteorite is “Las Palmas.” In our professional opinion, Las Palmas is not only a different meteorite from Campo del Cielo, but is one of the loveliest irons we have ever had the pleasure of offering.

We are determined to pursue the official naming issue until we receive a definitive answer, but — in the meantime — you can collect these exceptionally beautiful irons, at a discounted price.

CANYON DIABLO

Iron IAB-MG, Found in United States, 1891

50,000 years ago a giant meteorite traveling at 26,000 mph struck the forming a massive crater 0.74 miles in diameter and 550 feet deep, now knows as Arizona’s celebrated Meteorite Crater. These amazing iron meteorites are part of the cosmic impactor. The groundbreaking meteoriticist H.H. Nininger studied Meteor Crater for many years during the 1940s and 50s and found specimens miles from the point of impact. Ancient Native Americans are also believed to have used and transported fragments of the meteorite, and may have regarded them as sacred objects which fell from the sky. The crater is not a national park, but a privately owned feature. A ban on meteorite hunting is now strictly enforced by the owners and specimens of this historic and important meteorite are difficult to obtain, these pieces come out of an old collection and were legally collected before the ban. Meteor Crater was the world’s first recognized meteorite crater and was also a training ground for Apollo astronauts who went to the moon in the 1960s and 70s.

CHINGA

Iron Ungrouped, Found in Russia 1913

German chemist Justus von Liebig is credited with inventing the modern mirror in the 19th century. Today, meteorite collectors will refer to their trusty ataxites, such as Chinga. An ataxite is a meteorite with no internal structure, such as Widmanstätten patterns or Neumann Lines. This meteoritical marvel displays a rich abundance of the mineral taenite which is often seen in harmonious geometrical Widmanstätten patterns within other types of iron meteorites. As a result, Chinga produces a heterogenous, mirror-like surface when it is cut and polished. Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the shiniest meteorite fall?

DRONINO

Iron Ungrouped, Found in Russia, 2000

Dronino is named after the village in which is was found by a mushroom collector. Scientists later embarked on an exploration of the area and 600 fragments were recovered. It is thought due to the distribution of fragments found that the meteorite impact formed a now-buried crater. Unlike most iron meteorites, Dronino does not display a Widmansatten Pattern when etched. Rather, it reveals remarkable iron sulfide inclusions with an ameboid shape on a mirror finish background. Prepared in the lab in a special manner, the slices have an unusual and very attractive silver/grey color. Full individuals are gnarled and are a clear reminder of their extraterrestrial origin!

GEBEL KAMIL INDIVIDUALS

Iron Ungrouped, Found in Egypt, 2009

While searching for ancient Egyptian settlements on Google Earth, Italian scientist Vincenzo De Michele, a former curator of the Milan Natural History Museum, accidentally discovered a new meteorite crater! An expedition to the remote site determined that the crater was, indeed, of meteoritic origin and probably about 5,000 years old. 800 kilos of material was recovered by academics and much of that is curated at the Egyptian Geological Museum in Cairo. Despite languishing in the deep desert for fifty centuries and acquiring a bronze-colored patina, Gebel Kamil irons are very well preserved due, no doubt, to the area’s dry climate. Its angular shapes are typical of crater-forming irons, but the “lizard skin” texture is unique to this meteorite. When sliced open Gebel Kamil reveals a surprising interior, a brilliant mirror finish when polished and no Widmanstatten pattern! Gebel Kamil is an ungrouped iron, meaning it does not fit into any existing classification.

GEBEL KAMIL SLICES

When sliced open Gebel Kamil reveals a surprising interior, a brilliant mirror finish when polished and no Widmanstatten pattern! Gebel Kamil is an ungrouped iron, meaning it does not fit into any existing classification.

GIBEON

Iron IVA, Found in Namibia, 1836

The Gibeon iron, from the Namib Desert, has long been a favorite of collectors because of its sculpted appearance, stability, attractive etch pattern, and lovely, rich desert patina. Some years ago, Gibeon meteorites were relatively common in the marketplace, but a ban on collecting in, and exporting from, Namibia has made these excellent irons almost impossible to obtain. Gibeons make outstanding display pieces and this desirable iron continues to increase in value as available pieces become more and more rare.

HENBURY

Iron IIAB, Found in Australia, 1931

The Henbury iron was discovered in 1931 and is associated with fifteen impact craters in central Australia. Henbury irons display one of the most attractive desert patinas of any meteorite — a reddish-crimson color slowly acquired over hundreds of years. The crater field is now a protected area and collecting is prohibited. As a result Henburys have all but disappeared from the marketplace and these are our last specimens of any size. We filmed an episode of our multi award-winning TV series Meteorite Men at Henbury in 2010 and Henbury remains one of our all-time favorite meteorites. An absolute must for collectors of iron meteorites.

All of our Henbury meteorites have legal export permits from Australia.

MORASKO

Iron IAB, Found in Poland, 1914

Morasko is associated with the exquisite field of impact features in Poland, near the city of Poznan. The site is protected and some of the larger craters, lying deep in lush woodland, are filled with water and green algae giving them an otherworldly feel. We filmed an episode of our multi award-winning TV series Meteorite Men at Morasko in 2011 and discovered a 75-lb complete iron which was, at the time, the second-largest meteorite ever found in Poland (and the most deeply buried). Morasko irons are very rarely seen on the collectors’ market and these fine, full slices were prepared by an expert iron meteorite cutter and show a lovely etch. Note the arresting, angular shapes and crisscrossing schriebersite inclusions. The Morasko craters lie in a battlefield that saw multiple conflicts during WWI, WWII and the Napoleonic era. A real prize for collectors of crater-forming meteorites.

MUNDRABILLA

Iron IAB-ung, Found in Australia, 1911

A remarkable Australian iron, Mundrabillas are known for their unusual zoomorphic shapes. During it’s long flight through our atmosphere, soft areas of the meteorite melted away leaving behind a weird and wonderful animal-like resemblance. We lovingly refer to them at alien animal crackers. Mundrabilla displays an attractive etch pattern and is found in a very remote part of Western Australia, known as the Nullarbor Plain. It is such an unusual iron meteorite that it does not fit with any know class as is described as ungrouped (UNG). All specimens are as-found, with an orange/ochre patina.  

All of our Mundrabilla meteorites have legal export permits from Australia.

NWA 8370

Iron IIIAB, Found in Morocco, 2012

Only one piece on NWA 8370 was recovered, these spectacular slices are from that mass. This full and part slices showcase a phenomenal Widmanstätten pattern. The Meteoritic Bulletin describes the single whole iron meteorite as a, “Complete specimen with regmaglypts. Minor weathering. No oxidation on the outer surface, probably reflecting natural sandblasting; the buried surface possesses a deep ocher patina.” Lovely!

ODESSA

Iron IAB-MG, Found in United States, 1922

Odessa is one of the most famous craters in the world. It was where some of the very first metal detecting for meteorites took place during the 1940s and also the site of the fan-favorite “Odessa Crater” episode of Meteorite Men. These outstanding individuals come from the collection of the University of New Mexico. Each piece carries a hand painted collection number and is accompanied by an original UNM Collection card. A rare opportunity to acquire an example of this historic meteorite, with institutional provenance.

SEYMCHAN

Pallasite, Found in Russia, 1967

Though Seymchan was originally classified as an iron (IIE), newer Seymchan finds produced fabulous ballistic material with an abundance of colorful olivine clusters. The majority of Seymchan material is ballistic and most are familiar with slices containing those lovely olivine crystals. However, Seymchan as an iron is an exceptionally attractive meteorite and features a spectacular etch pattern. We are pleased to offer iron siderite part and full slices.

SIKHOTE-ALIN

Iron IIAB, Witnessed fall in Russia, 1947

The Sikhote-Alin shower of 1947 took place in a remote area of eastern Russia and was the largest single meteoric event documented in modern times. It is an extremely rare witnessed fall iron, and many individuals display the classic characteristics of meteorites: regmaglypts, orientation, rollover lips, and even impact pits from in-flight collisions with other meteorites! Sikhote-Alin is an extremely stable meteorite. Once relatively available in the marketplace, intensive hunting at the fall site has resulted in the area being completely hunted out, and no new specimens now make it into collectors’ hands. This outstanding individuals have truly extraordinary shape and are of the highest quality. 

SIKHOTE-ALIN ORIENTED SPECIMENS

Most incoming potential meteorites spin and tumble as they plummet through the atmosphere. Occasionally, one will maintain a fixed orientation towards the surface of our planet, causing the leading edge to ablate into a shield, nose cone, or bullet shape. When meteorites ablate, some of their mass is removed as a result of vaporization. Meteorites which display such features are quite rare, highly collectible, and are described as oriented. Oriented meteorites were studied by early NASA spacecraft designers and the leading edges of such meteorites are reminiscent of the heat shields on Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo space capsules.

SIKHOTE-ALIN FLOWLINE SPECIMENS

As a meteoroid hurtles through our atmosphere, its surface may melt and flow in tiny rivulets known as flow lines. The patterns formed by flow lines can be minute, often thinner than a strand of human hair, and they are one of the most unique and intriguing surface characteristics of meteorites.

SIKHOTE-ALIN MUSEUM GRADE SPECIMENS

When we say “museum quality,” we mean it. The meteorites featured on this page are among the best of the best and will add spice to any major collection. Layaways and payment plans available, please inquire.

SIKHOTE-ALIN SHRAPNEL SPECIMENS

These meteorite specimens acquired their unique surface characteristic during flight through our own atmosphere. They are known as a shrapnel specimen; a fragment which exploded during flight, due to atmospheric pressure or collision with another meteorite.

TAZA (NWA 859)

Iron Ungrouped, Found in Northwest Africa, 2001

A colleague of ours in Europe calls this gorgeous meteorite “The Princess of the Irons” and the title is well deserved. Found near the Moroccan town of Taza in 2001, this rare desert iron is an ungrouped (UNGR) plessitic octahedrite and is also known as Northwest Africa 859. Taza irons display a lovely caramel colored patina; many specimens retain some original blue-grey fusion crust, and many also show features of orientation. Although similar in appearance to Sikhote-Alin individuals, the Taza shower was tiny in comparison, with a total known weight of approximately 100 kg. The majority of Taza irons are very small — less than 20 grams. The popularity of this iron has increased recently, significantly depleting our available inventory. We have a few 200 gram or less specimens available.

TOLUCA

Iron IAB-sLL, Found in Mexico, 1776

First discovered in 1776 in Mexico, Toluca, as known as Xiqipilco, is one of the oldest-known meteorites on Earth. Found in the hills west of Mexico City, there are numerous documented instances of Toluca being used in colonial times (and possibly earlier) as natural source material for making weapons and tools. The Toluca strewnfield was also the site of meteorite pioneer H.H. Nininger’s first great expedition, making it an historic and collectible iron on two counts.

WABAR

Iron IIIAB, Found in Saudi Arabia, 1863

The Wabar crater field in the Empty Quarter of Saudi Arabia is one of the most elusive and mysterious impact sites on Earth. The world’s only known sand craters of significant size were formed by the impact of a IIIAB iron meteorite weighing many tons. It has a possible fall date of 1863, although some estimates put the age in the thousands of years. The heat and pressure generated by the event formed a diverse and remarkable collection of impactites, including exquisite black glass spheres known as Wabar Pearls. The site has always been nearly inaccessible and has only been visited a few times in history. Shifting sands have slowly filled in the craters over time and they are, today, almost obliterated. First discovered in 1932, differing reports place the number of craters between three and five.

Political events in the Middle East have made the area extremely dangerous and we have been advised by local experts that it is now impossible to reach under any circumstances. As such, we are extremely fortunate to be able to offer this rare and beautiful material, acquired directly from the son of the finder.

Rare as Wabar impactites are, pieces of the actual meteorite are so uncommon as to almost be a thing of legend. These exceedingly rare specimens came from the collection of the son of an oil company geologist, Mr. Edward L. Elberg, who worked in the empty quarter between 1947 and the early 1960s, preparing maps and seeking drilling locations. In 1951, Mr. Elberg visited the Wabar craters (in the area locally known as Al-Hadida) and personally collected these specimens. He returned to the United States in 1967 and donated some of his collection to an American museum. We acquired all the remaining pieces.

In more than twenty years in the meteorite business we have only once offered Wabar for sale and that was in the form of a single slice. This is the first time we have ever presented individuals and fragments and this is likely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire material from this fascinating and now-unreachable meteorite site. Travel in the region is now so hazardous — and as the craters continue to experience in-filling — we never expect to see such examples again.

Most of these meteorites appear to be small individuals and a couple even show traces of faint thumbprinting and orientation! These are well-preserved iron meteorites, not weathered shale!

WHITECOURT

Iron IIIAB, Found in Canada 2007

The identification of a new crater in northern Alberta, and its attendant shrapnel fragments in 2007, was one of the most significant meteorite discoveries in recent years. The area surrounding the crater is a national preserve and there is a $50,000 fine for removing meteorite fragments. Two episodes of Meteorite Men were filmed at Whitecourt, and these specimens from outside the preserve were found by one of my friends and hunting partners, and have been granted official export permits from the Canadian Government. An attractive color copy of that permit accompanies each of these specimens. Intensive hunting at Whitecourt by the experienced Canadian team means there are almost no pieces left to be found, and we are delighted to be able to offer a small number of these highly collectible crater-forming meteorites.

WOLF CREEK

Iron IIIAB, Found in Australia, 1947

Australia’s largest meteorite crater is also one of the most spectacular and best preserved on Earth. The impactor is thought to have hit our planet at least 300,000 years ago. Wolf Creek specimens are weathered into strange and intriguing amorphous shapes, display an attractive rose and ginger patina, and are one of our planet’s oldest known meteorites. Hunting at the crater is now illegal, and this extremely difficult-to-acquire meteorite is a must for collectors of crater-forming irons.

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