Municipio de Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico
5.3x 3.0 cm
Ex. Robert Nowakowski
A beautiful and exceptionally rich silver specimen
from the classic Batopilas locality, known for producing some of the
finest mexican silver crystals. This example is particularly
rich and well crystallized; with the largest
crystal measuring approximately 3 cm.
It comes with handwritten and typed Robert
Nowakowski labels, indicating that he paid $250 for this specimen in
1972. That would be around $1200 in today's dollars, and it was
purchased at a time when these things were more plentiful.
This piece also has a couple bits of matrix-- as
with all Batopilas silvers, the silver is etched out of silver-bearing
calcite veins. In this case, some of the rock attached to the
calcite is still present, again, very unusual for these silvers.
Better looking in person... the pictures make the
crystals look somewhat jumbled.