1881 THE IVANHOE MINING COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1881) Under the Laws of the State of Colorado - Stock certificate issued to Harriet A. Butler
for 100 shares valued at $25 each. This was a tough company to research
since I could only find bits and pieces of info. The Ivanhoe Claim
was a gold mine located in the mountains of northern New Mexico Territory. Blank Range Mining District. Near Grafton, New Mexico - Now a ghost town. Most notable is that it was signed by Civil War union general, Halbert E. Paine
as company president. Office at Washington, D. C. Printed by the
Columbian Bank Note Co., Washington, D. C. SOLD
1893 PERCHA GOLD MINING COMPANY - Incorporated Under the Laws of the State of Illinois - Mines and Mills at HILLSBORO, NEW MEXICO (printed on left side). This is the very first stock certificate issued by the company - Stock# 1. Issued to the company president, Blanton C. Welsh,
for a whopping 23,320 shares worth $10 each... so at the time of issue,
this certificate was worth $233,200!!! The corporate seal is quite
elaborate with a fancy design in the center. Edward S. Hunt,
secretary. Uncommon Bald Eagle variation. Also notice the globe and
clouds at bottom. Office at Chicago, Illinois. Price - $195
CORONA QUEEN MINING COMPANY - Incorporated Jan. 8th, 1907 Under the
Laws of the Territory of New Mexico - Property located in Lincoln
County, New Mexico. Consisted of 41 claims, about 800 acres, in the Red Cloud Mining District, at Corona, NM.
This was mainly a copper mine. Bright, shiny-gold corporate seal. A red
three Pence British tax stamp is punched into the right side,
indicating the company sold shares in Great Britain as well. Signed by Miguel A. Otero as president and George W. Pritchard, secretary. New Mexico became a state in 1912. Price - $75.00
PEACOCK MINING COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1884) Under the Laws of the
Territory of New Mexico - Very rare stock certificate. I am only
aware of one other example. GRANT COUNTY, NEW MEXICO
printed beneath the Peacock vignette. Shares worth $10 each. Office at St. Louis, Missouri. Wm. A. Ross, secretary. Printed by Woodward & Tiernan, St. Louis.
Here is some information I recently received about the Peacock Mine:
the Silver Bar Extension No. 1 which was adjacent to the Silver Bar No.
1. (Also known as the "Cooney" Mine) in the district of the same name.
The Cooney Mining District, named after discoverer Capt. James Cooney, is located in a major drainage north of the Mogollon District in present day Catron County, New Mexico.
name of the company is derived from the nature of the ore - sulphides
of copper such as bornite, which when oxidized often displays many colors of the rainbow - thus the name "Peacock". Ore
contained some native silver.
Price - $495
LOS CERRILLOS MINING COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1916) Under the Laws of
the State of Arizona - This was a lead / silver mine located in Santa Fe County, New Mexico.
The town of Los Cerrillos does still exist. According to the 2000
census, it had a population of 229 people. Company office at Phoenix,
Arizona. Certificate #53, issued to one of the company directors,
William A. Mosman for 1,000 shares. Signed by R. L. Moore as secretary and W. G. Pendleton as president. A red 50 cent revenue stamp is affixed to the upper-left corner - series of 1914. Price - $60.00
AUSTIN AMAZON COPPER COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1916) Under the Laws of
the State of New Mexico - Had offices at El Paso, Texas, Silver City,
NM and Tyrone, NM. Owned 15 mining claims on 500 acres in the Burro Mountains of Grant County, 6 miles west of Tyrone, New Mexico. Ore was said to average 6% copper. Signed by Chas. E. Davis, Mayor of El Paso, as company president. C. H. Leavell,
treasurer. Printed by the Western Bank Note & Engraving Company of
Chicago. This stock certificate is quite large and the right border did
not fit entirely on my scanner - it is complete. Price - $60.00
THE LOST BULLION SPANISH MINES COMPANY - Incorporated in 1906 Under the
Laws of Arizona (Territory) - This company had property on Bear Mountain near Silver City, New Mexico.
To entice investors, the owners claimed the property contained huge
reserves of high-grade gold and silver ores. A large number of shares
were sold to investors out east which caught the attention of the U. S.
Postal Service, who sent people to investigate the property in New
Mexico. When they arrived, they found nothing but a cave with no gold
or silver ore. This venture brought in a good amount of money before
the directors were convicted in court of mining fraud. Arthur Levan, secretary and William E. Wilson, company president. Office at Denver, Colorado. SOLD
THE TIP TOP COPPER COMPANY - Incorporated Under the Laws of the State
of South Dakota - Main office at Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This was a tough
company to track down but I eventually found a reference to it. The
mine office was located at Silver City, Grant County, New Mexico. Owned 4 mining claims in New Mexico near the Comanche and Burro Mountain groups. Signed by Dr. V. F. Mueller as president and Geo. W. Kliegel as company secretary. Price - $85.00
OLD WEST BULLION - 27.80 Troy Ounce Silver Ingot
1902 COPPER CHIEF MINING COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1901) Under the Laws of the Territory of New Mexico - BLACK MESA MINING DISTRICT printed near center in bold letters. Rare territorial certificate issued to the company superintendent, Jared Sater,
on September 16th, 1902 for a whopping 10,000 shares worth 50 cents
each. The main office was at Lafayette, Indiana and the mine office at
Kenton, Oklahoma. According to my research, the mine employed just 10
men. The Copper Chief had 10 mining claims on 200 acres of land in Union County, New Mexico.
The ore was reported to contain 3% copper, with $2 in gold and 50
ounces of silver per ton. The vignette is unlike any I have seen -
showing an Indian Chief highlighted in a shiny, copper-colored ink.
Signed by Edgar H. Andress as secretary and Relief Jackson as president.
IRRIGATION AND HYDRAULIC MINING COMPANY - Incorporated January
13th, 1893 - This hydraulic gold mining and sluicing operation was in Santa Fe County, New Mexico, 18 miles south of Cerrillos. Signed by H. H. (Henry Howell) Armstead as secretary and Norman W. Kingsley
as president. The fine print states that the company office was at
Golden, New Mexico. Ornate reverse printed in green and looks a lot
like an early bank note. 1000 share stock certificate at $10 per
share.... so at the time of issue, it was worth $10,000. The border and
corporate seal are shiny-gold. SOLD
1869 THE NEW MEXICO MINING COMPANY -Incorporated (in 1858) Under the Laws of the Territory of New Mexico - Santa Fe County - Rare territorial certificate from the first mining company incorporated in New Mexico.
Mines included the Ortiz Mine, about a half mile from Dolores. The
famous Ortiz gold quartz claim was discovered in 1833 on the property
of Jose Francisco Ortiz. The
Ortiz gold lode contained porous quartz with free gold and some pyrite.
Hand-sorted ore was crushed and amalgamated with mercury. The stamp
mill was the first built in New Mexico. It is estimated that the mine
produced $2 million dollars in gold! (ref. Fred Holabird)
vignette is like a little window to the past - showing an early gold
sluicing operation in a rugged pine forest. The company seal is punched
into the lower-left. Jno. L. Kidwell, president and F. W. Jones, secretary. Office at Washington City. Price - $425
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1912 NATIONAL GOLD AND SILVER MINING COMPANY - Incorporated Under the Laws of the State of South Dakota - Certificate issued to Henry Jones for 1,000 shares. MINES AND WORKS, STEINS PASS, NEW MEXICO (printed near top). Grant County, New Mexico. Signed by Mark R. Sherman as company president. Office at Chicago, Illinois. Price - $75.00
1904 AMAZON GOLD COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1903) Under the Laws of the Territory of New Mexico - SILVER CITY, NEW MEXICO
printed beneath title. Had offices at St. Louis, Missouri and Chacala,
Sinaloa, Mexico. From what I could gather, the Amazon Gold Company had
mines in New Mexico and south of the border. Ore contained gold, silver
and copper. Jas. T. Dugan, president. Stock certificate issued to Nathan W. Hartwell.
Equipment included a Bryan Mill and a 10 ton smelter. Employed 100 to
125 men. Notice the cactus in the center of the corporate seal - I have
never seen this before. Price - $95.00