New items posted throughout the website - Feel free to ask questions.....
ONE TROY OUNCE GOLD NUGGET RING - Here is something you don't see
everyday. It looks even better in person. The total weight is 1.15 oz.
so the nugget itself is around an ounce. It is almost too big to
wear! Finger size is 7 but I'm sure it could be re-sized by a
jeweler. I am told it is a California nugget. If you enlarge
(click on) the photo you can see the reddish-brown matrix in the
crevices - this is typical of nuggets from the Mother Lode region of
California. This nuggets tests at 21K - 22K and the band is 14K. The
band appears to be hand-formed and was not cast like modern rings. The
design on the side was hand-tooled as well. The jeweler could not give
me an exact age but said it was quite old. Natural nuggets this size
are of course rare so even if you do not intend to wear it, it is a
spectacular collector specimen. Possibly worn by a wealthy mine
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CITY REFINING 2 Troy Ounce Silver Bar - The operation that
produced these was so obscure that there is very little information to
offer. I am told this poured ingot is fairly old. Notice the unusual
shape. Circle City is an unincorporated community in Maricopa County,
Arizona, 14 miles northwest of Surprise, AZ. Scarce collectors bar!
Price - $150
NEVADA GOLD NUGGET - This beautiful gold / quartz specimen was found
with a metal detector in Pershing County, Nevada, in the Dun Glen
Placer Fields - East Range. Total weight is .72 ounce or 22.4
grams (almost 3/4 of an ounce!). Contains about 25% quartz matrix so it
is 75% native gold. The (2) images above show the specimen close up
and the nugget beside an old mercury dime for scale. RARE SPECIMEN -
POURED JOHNSON MATTHEY SILVER BULLION BAR - 20 troy ounce 999+ fine
silver ingot. Unique serial number stamped along the right side. Bottom
stamp reads: J. M. LTD. ASSAY OFFICE - CANADA. Scarce collectors bar.
OURAY, COLORADO MINING DEEDS - Set of 3
are notorized and stamped with a notary seal. The 1901 was notorized by
Marshall Black and includes
his fancy seal (I'm not sure if he was an actual "marshall"). They fold
out into a large document that includes detailed information about the
location of the mining claims. The 1899 mentions the Homestake Lode
Claim and the 1901 the Monitor #2 Lode Claim. I was unable to read the
name of the claim on the 1903 deed - Someone more familiar with this
region could probably figure it out. All were in the Uncompahgre Mining District in the San Juan Mountains. Ores from this district produced gold, silver, copper, lead and zinc. Ouray County.
- 1989 HOMESTAKE MINING COMPANY Commemorative Silver Round - One Troy
Ounce .999 Fine. Reverse reads: HOMESTAKE GOLD MINE - Maintenance -
LEAD, SOUTH DAKOTA. It is still sealed in the original plastic. The
silver has toned nicely over the years. These have become very
popular with Black Hills collectors and there are certainly not enough
to go around. Their value keeps going up. SOLD
MINING COMPANY Silver Bullion Bar - Hand poured ingot made in 1977 at Lead, South Dakota. Bar
# 5298 - 9.62 oz - 999.0 Fine. All Homestake bars are becoming tough to
find, but these older bars with the fancy logo are almost impossible to
acquire. This one was recently found in an old house, hidden behind a wall... still inside the original burlap pouch.
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web pages compatible with everyones browser, it isn't always possible.
Customers sometimes tell me they can't see prices on certain items - In
most cases you can simply enlarge the page to solve the problem... but
feel free to contact me anytime you cannot see something. I am here to
still do business the old-fashioned way. When ready to order, simply
send me an email and let me know which item(s) you are interested in. I
will send an invoice with payment options ASAP. If you decide to
purchase more than one certificate at a time, I can offer a nice
discount. Stop back often for new additions. JD
- 2001 HOMESTAKE MINING COMPANY Gold & Silver Commemorative Bullion
Coin - Scarce issue - 1/10 ounce of 999.0 Fine Gold surrounded by pure
silver. 125 Years of Mining. Reverse reads: United States of America,
Canada, Argentina, Australia, Chile. Comes in a fancy display box.
Price - $275
Due to the overwhelming number of emails I receive everyday asking about STOCK RESEARCH,
I decided to add a couple of links below that should get you started in
the right direction. These companies will tell you if your certificates
still have any REAL (share) stock value:
- Showing actual gold bullion bars from the Homestake Mining Company
(above) - Reverse description states that there are about 5,000 troy
ounces shown in the photo, valued at $35 per fine ounce. This was the
gold value in the 1960s... so it gave me a good idea how old this
postcard is. Nearly 23,000 tons of tough, hard ore had to be processed
to produce this amount of gold. Black Hills, Lead, South Dakota.
Unused postcard. Have not seen this one before. Price - $49.00
GOLD PAN MINING COMPANY - Originally organized in December of 1899
under Delaware laws - Incorporated in March 1901 Under the Laws of the
State of New Jersey - This was an excellent company name since the Gold
Pan owned about 1,700 acres of placer gold ground. Breckenridge Mining District of the Blue River Valley - Summit County, Colorado. Detailed vignette shows an early hydraulic gold mining operation. Stock certificate issued to company treasurer, Chester R. Hoag for 1,000 shares valued at $1 each. Also signed by George E. West as president. Printed by the American Bank Note Company of New York. Scarce. Price - $225
1883 EMERALD MINING COMPANY - Incorporated March 22nd, 1882 - Principal Place of Business, Tombstone, Arizona Territory. LOCATION, TOMBSTONE MINING DISTRICT, COCHISE COUNTY, A. T. Early items from this famous western town are always in high demand. Stock certificate issued to notable Tombstone resident, E. B. Gage for 1,000 shares valued at $25 each. E. B. Gage
played an important role in the towns history and I recommend using
Google to find more info. After the gunfight at the O.K. Corral, E. B. Gage sent $1,000 to Wyatt Earp and his posse.
*** Rare *** Price - $320
1896 THE BLUE JAY MINING COMPANY - Incorporated Under the Laws of the State of Colorado. CRIPPLE CREEK MINING DISTRICT (printed beneath title) Rare stock certificate issued to company secretary, F. C. McArthur for 1,000 shares. Signed by Charles Wheeler
as president. Unique vignette shows a brightly-colored Blue Jay. Claims
included the Blue Jay, Whippoorwill, Little Giant, Murray, Andrews
Extension, Hill Top No. 1, 2, 3 and Kearsage 1 & 2. These claims
were located on Bull Hill, Raven Hill, Squaw Mountain and Hill Top
Mountain near the town of Cripple Creek. General offices at
Denver, Colorado. Price - $375
LYNCH 1 Troy oz. Hand Poured Gold Bar - 999.9 Fine - Scarce and
historic collectors ingot (shown below) These were sold to investors shortly after
the United States gold restrictions were lifted on January 1st, 1975.
The famous Bull logo is stamped at the top. Small but thick bar....
shaped like a small "loaf" ingot. *** Not currently for sale
(Shown at right)
CRIPPLE CREEK & VICTOR COLORADO 1/2 Ounce Gold Rounds - .9999 Fine
2001 The American Eagles Mine
2003 The Portland Mine
CC & V in large letters on reverse side - Reverse also has a unique serial number etched into it. Beautiful collector coins!
1927 GOLDENROD OIL COMPANY - Incorporated Under the Laws of Delaware - The bottom of the corporate seal reads DALLAS, TEXAS
- the actual oil wells were likely near there. The graphics on this
scarce stock certificate are amazing! Notice the bright yellow
Goldenrod plant shown beneath the title. Oil wells above. Issued to A. H. Sasse Company for 20 shares worth $5 each. Price - $150
(shown at left)
THE GOLD BAR MINE - One Ounce Silver Coin. Reeded edge. The silver used
to make these rounds was actually mined from the Gold Bar. The front
side shows a mine shaft built with timbers and the reverse shows a
bullfrog with the text: GOLD BAR, BULLFROG DISTRICT, NYE CO.,
NEVADA - BEATTY, GOLD CENTER, TRANSVAAL, GREENWATER, LILAC, JOHNNIE.
Very scarce issue! Price - $175
I am always happy to make offers to serious sellers,
however, I cannot offer free appraisals. An appraisal represents the
full retail value during the best of times. Keep in mind that I
purchase most stock certificates for resale (like any other antique
dealer) and can't pay full retail and still stay in business. As much as I would like to, I
cannot offer specific information about old mining companies. (There are just not enough hours in a day)
Please note: The gold and silver items on this page are sold as collectibles and there will be a premium
If the email link is not working, my address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
OLD WEST HISTORY STORE
AUTHENTIC EARLY WESTERN MINING STOCK CERTIFICATES
~ Own a Piece of the Old West ~
Greetings fellow western
history buffs! I am a small dealer and collector of early western
mining stocks & bonds. The hobby of collecting stock certificates
is known as "scripophily". My specialty is mining-related documents but
I do offer stocks from other industries as well.
I invite you to browse my
online catalog by clicking the links above. I think you will find my
prices to be quite reasonable, and in most cases, I can offer a nice
discount if you purchase more than one certificate at a time. Imagine
owning an actual gold mining certificate issued during the wild days of
Deadwood, when the region was still called Dakota Territory, or a stock
from the boom days of Cripple Creek, Colorado; also known as the
"Worlds Greatest Gold Camp". Many of these certificates contain
beautiful vignettes that are like a little window to the past. Whether
you enjoy Old West history or are just looking for a unique gift
for someone special, I guarantee you will be satisfied with your
purchase. Old stock certificates always look nice framed in the
home or office. What a great conversation piece!
Feel free to ask questions........
~ WANTED ~
Your accumulations of pre-1920 stock certificates. Email for prompt offer. Please include scans
old documents are often discovered in attics or long-forgotten boxes
and drawers. Many people are unaware of the historical and collector
value and simply throw them out. I am always looking for new and
interesting stocks certificates (and bonds) to replenish my inventory.
I will buy single pieces or a whole box!
EMIRATES GOLD EGO
500 Gram Silver Bar - Ingot
size is also referred to as the 1/2 KILO. Attractive bar produced
at Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. If you look closely you can see
some cooling rings.
*** Not currently for sale
MINOT, WARD COUNTY, NORTH DAKOTA CENTENNIAL COIN - One Oz. Silver. Each
one was numbered. Map of the region on reverse. I have 2 of these to
offer. Price / each - $65.00
For security reasons, ALL gold & silver items are stored in a bank safety deposit box
*** Items are not always shown actual size
HOMESTAKE MINING COMPANY SILVER BULLION BARS
- Loaf style ingots produced in the Black Hills at Lead, South Dakota.
The Homestake has long-since closed and no more of these are being made.
In my experience there are more collectors of these than there are bars
to go around. These ingots were
hand poured and stamped.
Most notable is the bar poured in 1985
- 48.84 Ounces. This is the most attractive example I have owned. The
numbers are large and were very carefully stamped into the bar. Also
notice the cooling rings. This "brick" of pure silver weighs about 3
*** Not currently for sale
THE GOLD CRATER MINING COMPANY - Incorporated in 1895 - CRIPPLE CREEK, COLORADO - Rare certificate issued 120 years ago on January 7th, 1896 for 200 shares worth $5 each. Hand-signed by H. C. McCreery as secretary and J. R. McKinnie as vice president. Printed by the Elgan Bank Note Company of Denver, CO.
The Gold Crater Mining Company is one of the most important companies of the Cripple Creek District. Winfield Scott Stratton, Cripple Creeks' first millionaire, owned this operation. Vignette shows two volcanic craters. W. S. Stratton
had a theory that the rich gold veins of the district emanated
from a volcano; also known as the "Bowl of Gold" theory. Trees and
miners cabins can be seen at the base of the mountain. H. C. McCreery, county treasurer, and alderman of Cripple Creek, was a close associate of W. S. Stratton. J. R. McKinnie was another well-known Cripple Creek mining man who became very wealthy. In his later years he lost his entire fortune. The
Gold Crater owned the Globe, Close Shave, Lady Stith, Deerborn,
Deerborn #2, and Pride of the Rockies claims. Also owned the Callie
claim on Gold Hill. Price - $550
GENUINE OURAY, COLORADO MINING DEEDS
- Set of 3 - You can imagine an early colorado prospector riding his
horse to the claims office in town to get these. They are dated 1899 -
1901 - 1903. (See more info at left) Price - $165