Nininger Canyon Diablo Meteorite and Meteor Crater Exploration Certificate. A huge iron octahedrite meteorite from the famous Barringer crater, Coconino county, Arizona. A beautiful fragment dating to the formation of our Solar System, around 4.57 billion years ago. Around 50,000 years ago, a 160-foot-wide piece of iron shattered off an asteroid between Mars and Jupiter and hurled 8 miles a second towards the Earth, creating one of the largest and best preserved impact craters. In 1903 the rights to mine the crater were acquired by Daniel Barringer, who calculated that the main mass of the meteorite must weigh millions of tons, a fortune in iron and nickel. Barringer spent 30 years searching, eventually running out of funds and in 1926 issued shares in his company to raise further capital. Barringer never did find the main mass, which we now know vaporised on impact, leaving just remnants behind. This is one of the largest fragments of this famous meteorite in private hands and is accompanied by an original Meteor Crater Exploration & Mining Company common stock certificate, dated 15th July 1928.
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