1880s THE GRASS VALLEY WATER COMPANY - Incorporated December 20th, 1884 - Location of Works, Nevada County, California. Shares valued at $10 each. This company started off with financing from the Original Empire Mill and Mining Company in 1884. The Grass Valley Water Company constructed canals and ditches which carried water to power the Empire Mine's machinery. It was bought out by the North Star Mine in 1898. Office at San Francisco. Unissued. (Dated 18__)
Price - $75.00

1880s THE GRASS VALLEY WATER COMPANY - Nevada County, California
1931 WEST TULARE LAND COMPANY - Incorporated Under the Laws of California October 24th, 1921 - Stock certificate #44, issued to W. G. Seibel for one share worth $100. Corporate seal punched at bottom center. Signed by A. C. Mohr as secretary.   Price - $39.00

1931 WEST TULARE LAND COMPANY - California
1880 NORTH FRESNO MINING COMPANY - Incorporated Jan. 27th, 1880 - LOCATION, FRESNO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA (printed at top). Issued shortly after incorporation to company secretary, W. H. Allen for 100 shares valued at $50 each. Stock certificate #31. Vignette shows a group of early miners working in a tunnel. Office at San Francisco, California.   Price - $95.00

1880 NORTH FRESNO MINING COMPANY - Fresno County, California

1878 HANDLY MINING COMPANY - Bodie District, California
1879 CALIFORNIA DREDGING AND MINING COMPANY - Incorporated April 27th, 1877 - Certificate issued to company secretary, O. S. Buckingham for 150 shares valued at $100 each, so at the time of issue, this document was worth $15,000. This early gold dredging operation worked the Feather River near Oroville, California. Butte County. Corporate seal punched into left side. Printed in shiny-gold ink so it looks better in person. The fine light green background design is actually some of the earliest security print I have seen. I was unaware the technology to print such an intricate pattern was available way back then. Signed by Chas. H. Swain as president. Office at San Francisco, CA.   Price - $120

1879 CALIFORNIA DREDGING AND MINING COMPANY - Feather River - Butte County, Oroville, California
1898 GOOD HOPE MINING COMPANY - Incorporated December 10th, 1872 Under the Laws of the State of California - This company was named after the Good Hope gold / quartz vein. Mine located at the town of Jackson in Amador County, California. Stock certificate issued to company president, E. A. Freeman for 80 shares. W. H. Willis, secretary.   SOLD

1898 GOOD HOPE MINING COMPANY - Jackson, Amador County, California

1908 FURNACE CREEK COPPER COMPANY - Greenwater Mining District - Death Valley - Inyo County, California
1897 SUNNYSIDE GOLD MINING COMPANY of CALIFORNIA - Incorporated Under the Laws of the State of Maine on July 8th, 1896 - Rare and ornate piece of California gold mining history! Bright, shiny-gold corporate seal clearly punched into the lower-left corner. Issued for 1,000 shares valued at $10 each... so at the time of issue, this certificate was worth $10,000. Contains three detailed vignettes. The one on the left is my favorite - showing a peaceful mountain stream with sun rising in the background. Office at Boston, Mass. M. H. Day, company treasurer. Printed by the Boston Bank Note & Lith. Co.  
 Price - $295

1897 SUNNYSIDE GOLD MINING COMPANY of CALIFORNIA
1865 CHURCH UNION GOLD COMPANY - Organized Under the Laws of the State of New York - MINES IN EL DORADO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA (printed at center). Corporate seal punched lightly into left side. Stock# 55, issued to Calvin C. Spencer for 2,834 shares valued at $5 each - just 16 years after the original gold discovery at Sutters Mill, which started the rush to California. This would have been quite a sum of money in the 1860s! Signed by John B. Church as company president.

The Church Union Mine was located in the famous Mother Lode Gold Belt in the Sierra Nevada foothills of western El Dorado County. The ore veins contained free-milling gold and pyrite. The riches veins were the Poundstone, McCosmic, Klondyke and Kidney.  
*** RARE ***   SOLD

1865 CHURCH UNION GOLD COMPANY - Mines in El Dorado County, California

1883 THE SOUTH PACIFIC MINING COMPANY - Salt Creek Mining District, Death Valley, California
1879 THE MONITOR MINING COMPANY - Incorporated in March of 1879 - BODIE MINING DISTRICT, MONO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA (printed beneath title). Rare stock certificate issued to company secretary, A. W. Robinson Jr., for 100 shares valued at $100 each. His signature is faded on the front but is darker on the reverse side. Thomas Price, president. Office at San Francisco, CA.

Due to rich gold discoveries in 1878, Bodie was a boomtown in 1879 with 5,000 to 7,000 people. At its peak Bodie had 65 saloons along a mile long main street. A true wild west town. Murders, shootouts, barroom brawls and stagecoach holdups were regular occurrences. As with other remote western mining towns, Bodie had a popular, though clandestine red light district.


Anything from the ghost town of Bodie, California is scarce and in high demand.
SOLD

1879 MONITOR MINING COMPANY - Bodie Mining District, California

1906 GREENWATER FURNACE CREEK COPPER COMPANY - Inyo County, California
1882 ORO FINO GOLD MINING AND MILLING COMPANY - Incorporated Nov. 16th, 1881 - Stock certificate issued to Leonard Bowen for 500 shares valued at $10 each. EL DORADO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA (printed beneath title). Corporate seal punched into left side. Signed by Geo. E. Wright as secretary and James Miller as company president. Office at Chicago, Illinois. The Oro Fino was an early California gold / quartz mine.   Price - $150

1882 ORO FINO GOLD MINING AND MILLING COMPANY - El Dorado County, California
1908 29 PALMS CONSOLIDATED GOLD MINES COMPANY - Incorporated April 20th, 1908 Under the Laws of Arizona - Location of Works: 29 Palms, California (printed in upper-right). Scarce stock certificate issued shortly after incorporation. Twentynine Palms is located in the southern Mojave Desert, San Bernardino County, California. Signed by A. R. Worth as company president. Picture shows and early ore processing mill.   SOLD  

1908 29 PALMS CONSOLIDATED GOLD MINES COMPANY - 29 Palms, California

1929 SUNSET PACIFIC OIL COMPANY - Los Angeles, California
1923 ARTESIA OIL COMPANY OF CALIFORNIA - Incorporated (in 1922) Under the Laws of California - Issued to Frank Hosier for 5 shares worth $10 each. Contains three detailed vignettes showing gushing oil wells.   Price - $39.00

1923 ARTESIA OIL COMPANY OF CALIFORNIA - Gushing Oil Wells
1929 SUNSET PACIFIC OIL COMPANY - Incorporated Under the Laws of the State of Delaware - Stock certificate issued to Frank Hosier for 10 shares. Vignette shows an extensive west coast oil field along the waters edge. The Sunset Pacific was a consolidation of the Julian Petroleum and California-Eastern Oil companies. Offices at Los Angeles, California. Mildred Murphy, company secretary. Printed by the Jeffries Bank Note Company of Los Angeles (I have not seen this printer before)   Price - $39.00


1900 SAN DOMINGO GOLD MINING COMPANY - Calaveras County, California - Hydraulic Mine

1905 REPUBLIC MILL AND MINING COMPANY - Eureka Mining District, Nevada County, California
1906 GREENWATER FURNACE CREEK COPPER COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1906) Under the Laws of Arizona - 100 share stock certificate issued to Joseph Herb. The Greenwater Mining District is in Inyo County, California. According to a few sources, this company was a fraud. Stock was being promoted and sold but no actual mine existed. Office at Los Angeles, California. A. H. Bush, president and S. B. Cannell, company secretary.   Price - $85.00



1906 FURNACE CREEK OXIDE COPPER COMPANY - Greenwater, Inyo County, California

1880 SYKES PLACER MINING COMPANY - Trinity County, California

1901 GRAND PACIFIC OIL COMPANY - Contra Costa County, California
1898 THE WEDGE GOLD MINING, MILLING AND WATER SUPPLY COMPANY - Randsburg, California

1913 CHANNEL PEAK MINING COMPANY - Plumas County, California
GOLDEN SHEAF MINING COMPANY Gold Nuggets
GOLDEN SHEAF MINING COMPANY Flume
GOLDEN SHEAF MINING COMPANY Blacksmith Shop
1909 GOLDEN SHEAF MINING COMPANY - Directors
1909 GOLDEN SHEAF MINING COMPANY Investment Brochure

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1902 SEDALIA & CALIFORNIA OIL COMPANY
These are some of the photos from the brochure - This one shows the Golden Sheaf flume used to separate gold from the gravel.
187_ MUNCKTON GOLD AND SILVER MINING COMPANY - Mono County, California
*** Below is an actual Investment Brochure from the Golden Sheaf Mining Company - Written by E. B. Smyth, "Expert Miner"  


Photographs of Gold Nugget specimens from early western mines are very difficult to find.... so I was quite pleased to find this included in the brochure.

Price for just the GOLDEN SHEAF INVESTMENT BROCHURE -    SOLD
OR I can give you a discounted price on the stock cert. (above) and brochure. 

This photograph of the Blacksmith Shop looked familiar to me right away - it is the actual picture used on the stock certificate!

1883 THE SANCHEZ AND SOLEDAD CONSOLIDATED GOLD AND SILVER MINING COMPANY - Mojave Mining District, California
1900 SAN DOMINGO GOLD MINING COMPANY - Incorporated Under the Laws of the State of California, April 2nd, 1898 - Stock certificate issued for 100 shares worth $10 each. This was a Calaveras County, California hydraulic gold mine. Picture shows early miners operating high-pressure water hoses, washing down gravel from the hillsides to wooden sluices at the bottom, where the placer gold is concentrated. The company directors were H. P. Veeder as secretary and A. B. Thompson, president. Corporate seal punched near center. Office at San Francisco, CA.   Price - $75.00



1906 FURNACE CREEK OXIDE COPPER COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1906) Under the Laws of the Territory of Arizona - Mine located at Greenwater, Inyo County, California. Stock certificate issued to Ida Severne for 100 shares worth $5 each. Vignette shows four early prospectors filling a wheelbarrow with ore. Harry M. Bradhurst, vice president. Printed by the American Bank Note Co., New York.   Price - $89.00
1898 THE WEDGE GOLD MINING, MILLING AND WATER SUPPLY COMPANY - Incorporated (February 1897) Under the Laws of the State of Colorado -  This little gold mine in the Mojave Desert had a fascinating history! It was located on a hill overlooking (what is now) the semi-ghost town of Randsburg, California in Kern County. There was a small triangular-shaped piece of land left unclaimed between the Butte and Kinyon mining claims. Some prospectors from Los Angeles discovered it and promptly made a claim. As it turned out, this little "Wedge" was the richest ground in the area, and only became richer with depth. For a complete history of the Wedge Mine, I have included the following link - you will also find an early photo there.   http://randdesertmuseum.com/site/randsburg/the-wedge-mine/                              SOLD
1913 CHANNEL PEAK MINING COMPANY - Incorporated Under the Laws of the State of California -  This was a gold mine located in Plumas County, California, in the Edmanton Mining District. The claim was on Spanish Peak at an elevation of 7,045 feet. Signed by P. E. Daniels as president. Office at Los Angeles, California.   Price - $75.00


1909 THE GOLDEN SHEAF MINING COMPANY - Placer County, California
CALIFORNIA GOLD COIN - Grizzly Bear






1881 THE GOLD STRIPE MINING COMPANY OF CALIFORNIA

1913 WESTERN AMERICAN REALTY COMPANY
190_ CALIFORNIA NAVIGATION & IMPROVEMENT COMPANY
1903 POTOMAC OIL COMPANY



1901 GRAND PACIFIC OIL COMPANY - Incorporated May 31st, 1900 Under the Laws of Arizona - This operation was located in Contra Costa County, California, a mile east of the town of Lafayette. The Grand Pacific owned property in the Coalinga and McKittrick Districts. Most notable is the exceptional vignette, showing a scenic view of the rocky Pacific Coast with numerous sailboats on the water. Signed by A. G. Deardorff as company president. Office at San Francisco, California. Large shiny-gold corporate seal affixed to the right side. I am only aware of one other example.   Price - $325
1909 THE GOLDEN SHEAF MINING COMPANY - Incorporated Under the Laws of the State of California - This is stock #3, issued on the very same day of incorporation, April 16th, 1909. The vignette was copied from a photograph, showing an early cabin built on the side of a snowy mountain. The Golden Sheaf Mine was located in Placer County, California, in the Michigan Bluff Mining District, one half mile south of  the town of Michigan Bluff. Claims included the No Chunk (a lode gold/quartz vein) and the Beehive, which was a placer gold operation. Signed by E. S. Thompson as president and Chas Kemper as company secretary.    SOLD



19__ SECRET CANYON MINING COMPANY
1908 SALT LAKE CALIFORNIA COPPER COMPANY
CALIFORNIA  STOCK  CERTIFICATES
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1902 SEDALIA & CALIFORNIA OIL COMPANY - Incorporated Under the Laws of the State of California, USA. Sedalia, California is stamped in the shiny-gold corporate seal. What is unusual about this certificate is that the "BEARER" is owner of 5 shares.    Price - $59.00
1881 THE GOLD STRIPE MINING COMPANY OF CALIFORNIA - Incorporated (in 1880) Under the Laws of the State of New York - Issued to Rowland S. King for 100 shares worth $10 each. Pink background design. GREENVILLE, PLUMAS COUNTY printed beneath title.   Price - $185
1883 THE SOUTH PACIFIC MINING COMPANY - Incorporated Under the Laws of the State of New York - 100 share stock certificate issued to E. B. Johnson. Mine located at Salt Spring, California - Salt Creek Mining District - Death Valley. Signed by James F. Oliver as company president. Printed by the Homer Lee Bank Note Co. N.Y. Impressive vignette shows early miners working in tunnels underground. The left side shows men using a rock drill and pickax and the right side shows men loading two ore carts while a horse waits to pull the load out. Also notable are the unusual engravings in the four corners of the certificate.   Price - $250
1880 THE SYKES PLACER MINING COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1880) Under the Laws of the State of New York - This was a Trinity County, California hydraulic / placer gold mining operation. If you look closely, you can see a Bald Eagle with wings spread in the center (green background print).   Price - $60.00
1913 WESTERN AMERICAN REALTY COMPANY - San Francisco, California. Issued to The William Carson Estate Company for 3 shares worth $100 each.   Price - $39.00
1905 REPUBLIC MILL AND MINING COMPANY - Incorporated April 27th, 1877 - Eureka Mining District, Nevada County, California (printed at top). This gold mine was located at Grass Valley in the Hills Flat area. Signed by H. W. Meek as president. Office at San Francisco. Original receipt is still attached to left side. A nice little picture shows an early miner with pickax and lunch pail in hand. Shares were valued at $100 each. Printed by Croeker & Co's Print, S. F.   Price - $69.00 
190_ CALIFORNIA NAVIGATION & IMPROVEMENT COMPANY - Stockton, California - Large, panoramic vignette showing early sailboats and steamships. Also interesting is there are names on some of the boats: Mary Garratt, J. D. Peters, T. C. Walker, J. R. McDonald. Unissued (Early 1900s)   Price - $72.00
1903 POTOMAC OIL COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1901) Under the Laws of the Territory of Arizona - Very impressive certificate. My research indicates that the actual Potomac Oil Company properties were located in California. Offices at Los Angeles, California
Price - $85.00
1878 HANDLY MINING COMPANY - Early stock certificate #12, issued just 5 days after incorporation. The company offered $10 million in Capital Stock. This certificate was issued for a whopping 21,900 shares valued at $100 each... so at the time of issue it was worth over $2 million!!! BODIE DISTRICT - MONO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA printed in lower-right corner. The Handly Mine was located between the Goodshaw and the Bodie claims. It was one of the earliest claims at Bodie. The ore contained $300 - $400 in gold per ton (in 1878 dollars). Signed by Edward F. Stone as secretary and Clinton Gurnee, company president. Office at San Francisco, California. Printed by Lith. Britton & Rey of San Fancisco. RARE  
Price - $1,500
 
19__ SECRET CANYON MINING COMPANY - Incorporated Under the Laws of California April 3rd, 1909. Principal Place of Business, Sacramento, California.  According to a 1911 Secretary of State (CA) publication, this companys' charter was forfeited in 1910.... so this was a very short-lived operation. Certainly a nice name for a mining company. Unissued.   Price - $46.00
1908 FURNACE CREEK COPPER COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1906) Under the Laws of the State of Washington - Stock certificate issued to one of the company directors, Fred Birney for 100 shares. Named after the Death Valley town of Furnace, located in the Greenwater Mining District, Inyo County, California. Signed by W. C. Meyer as vice president and J. J. Stewart, secretary. Office at Spokane, WA.   Price - $80.00
1883 THE SANCHEZ AND SOLEDAD CONSOLIDATED GOLD AND SILVER MINING COMPANY - Incorporated Under the Laws of California - San Bernardino County. Ore from this mine assayed from $20 - $1,000 per ton. The veins contained some free gold and hornsilver. Property located on the north side of Soledad Butte, about 4 miles southwest of Mojave. The first settlement in this area was moved each time a new discovery was made - it was known as "Soledad City". Issued at Los Angeles. Signed by James Noel as president. Mojave Mining District.  RARE CERTIFICATE.   Price - $350
1908 SALT LAKE CALIFORNIA COPPER COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1907) in Utah with an office in Salt Lake City. Also had an office at Smith River, Del Norte County, California. W. Mont Ferry was president and J. H. Turner secretary. Had 10 mining claims near Smith River in the Low Divide District, just 12 miles from the coast of California. The property was first worked from 1857 - 1867 and was one of the first copper mines on the Pacific coast. The ore contained copper, gold and silver. Issued to L. B. McCornick.   Price - $69.00



1909 GOLDEN SHEAF MINING COMPANY - Rare Investment Brochure - The cover is highlighted with shiny-gold ink. 16 pages of detailed information about the company, along with actual photographs of the property (and the directors). MICHIGAN BLUFF, PLACER COUNTY, CALIFORNIA. Measures 9 & 1/4 x 6 inches  
187_ MUNCKTON GOLD AND SILVER MINING COMPANY - Incorporated July 29th, 1870 - Dunderberg Lode, Mono County, California. Very attractive early certificate. This operation was located at Castle Peak, on the head-waters of East Walker River. One of the founders was Dr. George Munckton. Ore was hauled about 30 miles to Aurora, California. The gold was found in a long vein of solid quartz. Office at Carson City, Nevada. Unissued. Printed by Lith. Britton & Rey, San Francisco.   Price - $75.00