Find / Fall: Find – 1956
Location: Southern Tagalog, Philippines
Total Known Weight: 888.6 kg
The Bondoc Meteorite is a mesosiderite with a fascinating story surrounding its recovery. It may have been known for a long time but its formal recognition as a meteorite occurred approximately in 1956. It was then that H. H. Nininger realized that it was meteoritic and not low grade iron ore of some type as many individuals in the Philippines were reporting. It actually took 3 1/2 years for Nininger to acquire the 1955 pound stone from the jungle and get it to Sedona, Arizona. But, what a special meteorite it is. It has large metal nodules besides the normal mixture of metal and mineral common to mesosiderites. Some small pieces are nearly metal free while others are nearly solid metal. We are offering some finely prepared specimens with a high polish which makes the metal look fantastic. Bondoc is a must have for any collection given its history and Nininger connection.