1870s DIAMONDVILLE BLUE GRAVEL MINING COMPANY - Incorporated May 1st, 1875 - Small vignette on left side shows an early hydraulic gold mining operation in the mountains. Location: Diamondville, Butte County, California. Diamondville was located 6 miles west of Paradise, California. According to my research, Diamondville no longer exists. It was originally named after James Diamond. The gold mines in this area were worked primarily by Chinese immigrants. This company offered 3200 shares valued at $25 each. Office at Dayton, California. Certificate printed by Bacon & Company, Printers, San Francisco. Unissued. (Dated 187_)   Price - $65.00 

1870s DIAMONDVILLE BLUE GRAVEL MINING COMPANY - Butte County, California

1920 GOLDEN HORSESHOE MINING COMPANY - Quincy, California - Plumas County

1858 TUOLUMNE COUNTY WATER COMPANY - Columbia, California - Early Gold Rush Document

1860s PACIFIC GUANO COMPANY - Office San Francisco, California

1902 EXPOSED TREASURE MINING COMPANY - Mojave District, Kern County, California
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1916 THE SHASTA MAY BLOSSOM COPPER CO. , CONSOLIDATED - Shasta County, California
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
1916 THE SHASTA MAY BLOSSOM COPPER COMPANY, CONSOLIDATED - Incorporated May 26th, 1903 Under the Laws of Arizona - Principal Office, Phoenix, Arizona (printed beneath center vignette). Issued to one of the company directors, May B. Lindley for 5,000 shares. Center image shows Mt. Shasta in California. The property was known as the Keith group of mining claims, located 13 miles from a railway and 27 miles NE of Redding, CA, in the Pittsburgh or Copper City district. Ore produced copper, silver and gold. Also had offices at Fruitvale and Winthrop, California. The town of Del Mar was mentioned in my research as well. Signed by Frank J. Golden as president.   Price - $95.00 



1908 FURNACE CREEK COPPER COMPANY - Greenwater Mining District - Death Valley - Inyo County, California
1858 TUOLUMNE COUNTY WATER COMPANY - Incorporated September 4th, 1852 - Early California gold rush document issued just 10 years after the original James Marshall gold discovery at Sutter's Mill on the American River in 1848.

This company was organized to develope and conserve water of the Stanislaus River and channel this water with ditches and flumes to the various placer gold mining operations near the town of Columbia in Tuolumne County, California.

Stock certificate issued for one share valued at a whopping $250 each. This would have been quite an investment in 1858! Spectacular, detailed vignette on left side shows early miners working different types of wooden sluices and flumes of the era. Signed by Joseph Pownall as secretary and J. McChesney company president. Printed by Lith. Britton & Rev, San Francisco.
Price - $425


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

1883 THE SOUTH PACIFIC MINING COMPANY - Salt Creek Mining District, Death Valley, California
1860s PACIFIC GUANO COMPANY - Incorporated in June of 1858 - This was a very early fertilizer company. Guano (bird and bat dung) were mined from extensive deposits on Johnston Island (now known as Johnston Atoll) and shipped to the west coast to be sold to fertilize fields in the United States. By 1890, the guano deposits were almost entirely depleted. A complete company history can be found by using Google. Office at San Francisco, California. The shares were offered at a whopping $500 each. Stock certificate printed by Buswell & Co. Printers. Unissued. (Dated 186_) Certainly an unusual piece for your California historical collection!   Price - $265



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
1920 GOLDEN HORSESHOE MINING COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1910) Under the Laws of Arizona - Stock certificate #16, issued to company treasurer, A. J. C. Oddie for 70,000 shares worth 10 cents each. Manuel Berdu, president. What a great name for a gold mine! This operation was located at Horseshoe Bend on the Middle Fork of the Feather River, 12 miles south of the town of Quincy, California. Plumas County. Impressive vignette shows a Bald Eagle with wings spread. Printed by The Broun-Green Co. N.Y.   Price - $85.00   



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






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1902 SEDALIA & CALIFORNIA OIL COMPANY
187_ MUNCKTON GOLD AND SILVER MINING COMPANY - Mono County, California
1902 EXPOSED TREASURE MINING COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1901) Under the Laws of the State of New York - Stock certificate issued to Joseph Allen Fuller for 500 shares valued at $5 each. Exceptional vignette. Mine located in the Mojave Mining District, Kern County, California. Signed by M. J. Goodenough as company secretary and Elijah R. Kennedy, president. Printed by the American Bank Note Company, New York.   Price - $85.00



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




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



19__ SECRET CANYON MINING COMPANY
1908 SALT LAKE CALIFORNIA COPPER COMPANY
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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 - $49.00 
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   SOLD  
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




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