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A new method to synthesize barium hexaferrite by chemical coprecipitation is described. A mixed precursor was precipitated by addition of a barium salt to a strongly alkaline ferrate (VI) solution. The precursor yielded barium hexaferrite on heating for 6 h at 800 °C; partial transformation was evident even at lower temperatures, from X-ray patterns and Mossbauer spectra. Scanning electron microscopy of the powders fired at 800 °C, showed that the particles were less than 0.5 μm in diameter.