- Meteorite Type: Stone (H5)
- Weight: 1,350 grams
- Approximate Measurements: 122 mm x 110 mm x 82 mm
- Witnessed Fall: Yes, Burkina Faso, March 5, 1960
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The famous Gao-Guenie meteorite is a witnessed fall from 1960 and it predates the rush of new finds made in Northwest Africa during the 1990s and 2000s. This collectible fall was originally named Gao, and was initially believed to be different from the Guenie meteorite subsequently found in the same area. Researchers later determined that both meteorites were identical, thus the meteorite was re-named Gao-Guenie in 1998, though many collectors still refer to this H5 by its original name.
In the 1990s, noted meteorite collector Robert Haag traveled to Burkina Faso and recovered numerous excellent examples of the Gao-Guenie meteorite. This outstanding specimen came from Haag’s collection and is likely one he recovered on that trip. Note the excellent fusion crust, multiple well- formed regmaglypts, and noticeable orientation. The vast majority of recovered Gao-Guenie stones are very small, perhaps 20 to 40 grams. It is unusual indeed to see a large stone of this quality. This fine example was acquired from Haag in the 1990s and has been in a private collection since that time.