Nantan Meteorites
Item # MEN11150181
Polished Nantan Meteorite 18.5g

$39.00
Beautiful 18.5 gram Nantan Crystalline Meteorite
measuring 1.3 x 0.9 x 0.62 inches (35 x 24 x 15.8 mm)
Originally retrieved from a recorded fall in a strewnfield near Nantan, China in 1516AD.
Nantan Meteorites are Octahedrite Coarse (IIICD) Iron Meteorites.
This meteorite is polished with no coatings.

Nantan Meteorites
(Also known as NanDan)
These are genuine Nantan meteorites that have been polished, sealed, or buffed with a steel brush to expose
the beautiful coarse crystalline octahedral structure hidden within.
Nantan meteorites make a very nice collector specimen just as they are, although they also could be polished
or sawn and then etched to show their amazing Widmanstatten octahedral pattern of inter grown crystallized
iron and nickel.
The Nantan meteorite fall is one of the very rare witnessed iron meteorite falls on Earth. It fell from the
northwest in May of 1516 during the reign of Chinese emperor Zhendge, with falling stars as bright as
lightning that "waved like snakes & dragons" and then disappeared in a few seconds. Centuries passed with
no further record until 1958 during the severe steel shortage of chairman Mao Tse Tung's "Great Leap
Forward" program when even the local farmer's cooking pots were melted down to produce steel. Some
farmers at Nantan then discovered heavy iron rich rocks that they were unable to melt. Government
investigators arrived and determined the "iron ore" to be meteorites!
Nantan Meteorites are a favorite of collectors. The market was flooded with Nantans a few years ago but they
are becoming more difficult to find .

These are classified as Type (IIICD) Iron Meteorites
Regmaglypts (or thumbprints) are a relief or depression commonly reported for the surface of
some meteorites (Fig. 1). The depressions originate from dynamic air pressure
and from selective erosion by material melting (ablation) off the surface of the
meteorite on its passage through the atmosphere. The
relief may show polygonal, spherical, rounded or elliptical shape, and a pattern
like fingerprints in wet clay is frequent.
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Item # MEN11150531
Polished Nantan Meteorite 10.5g

$34.00
Beautiful 10.5 gram Nantan Crystalline Meteorite
measuring 1.1 x 0.53 x 0.35 inches (28 x 13.6 x 9 mm)
Originally retrieved from a recorded fall in a strewnfield near Nantan, China in
1516AD. Nantan Meteorites are Octahedrite Coarse (IIICD) Iron Meteorites.
This meteorite is polished with no coatings.
Item # MEN11158561
Polished Nantan Meteorite 8.5g

$30.00
Beautiful 8.5 gram Nantan Crystalline Meteorite
measuring 0.9 x 0.47 x 0.26 inches (23 x 12 x 6.8 mm)
Originally retrieved from a recorded fall in a strewnfield near Nantan, China in
1516AD. Nantan Meteorites are Octahedrite Coarse (IIICD) Iron Meteorites.
This meteorite is polished with no coatings.
Item # MEN11158561
6 gram Set of 2 Polished
Nantan Meteorites

$22.00
Beautiful (6 gram Set) of 2each Nantan 3gram Crystalline Meteorites measuring
16 x 9.7 x 7 mm (left side photos) and13.8 x 9.6 x 6.4 mm (right Side photos)
Originally retrieved from a recorded fall in a strewnfield near Nantan, China in
1516AD. Nantan Meteorites are Octahedrite Coarse (IIICD) Iron Meteorites.
These meteorites are polished with no coatings.