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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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These are some of the photos from the brochure - This one shows the Golden Sheaf flume used to separate gold from the gravel.
*** Below is an actual Investment Brochure from the Golden Sheaf Mining Company - Written by E. B. Smyth, "Expert Miner"
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.
photograph of the Blacksmith Shop looked familiar to me right away - it
is the actual picture used on the stock certificate!
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
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.
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
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
CALIFORNIA STOCK CERTIFICATES
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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