Noche Buena mine, Mazapil, Zacatecas, Mexico.
BOURNONITE, a superb, very important, old-time historic, group of terminated crystals. No matrix.Noche Buena mine, Mazapil, Zacatecas, Mexico.Measures 2 x 1-1/2 x 1 inches.This is an extremely old, important and historic specimen and although the paper documentation is now lost, it came from the collection of Robert Ferguson of Raith (1770-1840) for whom fergusonite was named. According to Brian Lloyd, who dispersed the Ferguson mineral collection, this specimen entered Ferguson's collection before 1810 and it could easily have been collected from the mine in the 18th century; thereby making it one of the earliest collected North American specimens to survive until today.From Herbert Obodda by exchange on 9-30-04.
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