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1923 DRIPPING SPRINGS MINES CORPORATION - Incorporated (in 1920) Under the Laws of Arizona - This was a consolidation of the Dripping Springs Copper Company and the Universal Mines Company. Owned the Columbia group of mining claims in Dripping Springs Wash, Gila County, 10 miles from Christmas, Arizona. The company also owned the Pearl group of claims near Mammoth. Ore assayed 4-10% copper with some gold and silver. Stock certificate issued to Allen Stein for 125 shares. Signed by Wesley Scheifele as secretary and A. D. Bailey, vice president. The vignette is tough to see - the caption below reads, "THE DRIPPING SPRING".
Price - $55.00
1912 GENERAL EXPLORATION COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1907) Under the Laws of Arizona - Issued to Edwin F. Stratton. Large, impressive Bald Eagle vignette. This was certainly a mining-related operation. Signed by R. T. Sewall as vice president. Printed by the Security Bank Note Company of Philadelphia. Price - $60.00
1900 LA FORTUNA MINING COMPANY - $100 check payable to Louis Lane. Orange 2 cent imprinted Internal Revenue stamp near center. Blooming Yucca plant at left. ARIZONA printed beneath. Check deposited at THE NEVADA NATIONA BANK of San Francisco, California.
Incorporated April 2nd, 1896. The mines and mill of this company were located about 30 miles southeast of Yuma, Arizona in Yuma County. The region has no natural water supply so water was pumped from the Gila River, 12 miles north of the mine. The principal ore lode consisted of a glassy, rose-colored quartz stained with copper and rust from iron pyrite. The gold deposits were known as "free gold". Office at San Francisco, California. Price - $33.00
1902 THE REVENUE MINING COMPANY - Incorporated Under the Laws of the Territory of Arizona - The bottom of the company seal says PHOENIX, ARIZONA. Vignette shows a Bull Elk that is different from other Elk vignettes I have seen. Transfer Office: Minneapolis, Minn. Price - $62.00
1910 COPPER METALS COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1910) Under the Laws of Arizona - Company seal punched lightly into lower-left. Issued to M. Gertrude Sharpe. The last name of the treasurer is Daniels.... can't read the presidents signature.
Price - $39.00
1911 RIO PLATA MINING COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1906) Under the Laws of the Territory of Arizona - This company had mining interests in Mexico and Arizona. The Mexican symbol, bird with snake is on the right side. The south of the border properties were near Guazapares, Chihuahua, Mexico and included the following silver mines: Santa Nino, David, Santa Teresa, Santa Barbara, Cleopatra, La Ultima, Eurique and Santa Barbara Rancho. Tailings were treated by cyanide process. In 1911, the company purchased the majority of stock of the Trinity Consolidated Hydraulic Mining Company, located in Trinity County, California. Signed by James H. Lee as secretary and Henry W. Miller, president. The corporate seal does not show up well in the scan but it is there - punched near bottom center. Printed by the American Bank Note Co, New York.
Price - $69.00
1916 UNITED MINES OF ARIZONA - Incorporated (in May of 1916) Under the Laws of Arizona - 100 share stock certificate issued to C. W. Pope & Co. Owned 30 claims near the town of Bouse, Arizona, including former holdings of the Little Butte Consolidated Mines Company and the Arizona Pride and Bullion groups. La Paz County. Ores contained gold, silver and copper. Signed by J. C. Denton as president. Certificate printed by the New York Bank Note Co. Price - $60.00
188_ SPECIE PAYING GOLD & SILVER MINING COMPANY - Incorporated in the City of La Porte, Under the Laws of the State of Indiana - LOCATION, PINAL COUNTY, ARIZONA (printed in lower-left) - The large bold $10 in the center is shiny-gold. Desert scene with Saguaro Cactus. This was a very rich silver mine. The Specie Pay and Alice Claims were located in the Mineral Creek District, 15 miles from Florence. Ore averaged $30 per ton of silver and the operation produced $12,000 per month (these amounts are in 1880s dollars!) Unissued. Price - $75.00
1910 THE CENTRAL EL DORADO GOLD MINING COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1910) Under the Laws of the Territory of Arizona - Large, impressive 20 share certificate with shiny-gold seal. I could find very little info about this operation. It was located in Mohave County in the Colorado Mining District. Office at Phoenix, Arizona. Bald Eagle and clouds at top and the El Dorado train station is shown at the bottom - steam locomotive approaching. 19 payment coupons are still attached to the right side (not shown in scan). Price - $90.00
Early 1900s THE TOMBSTONE CONSOLIDATED MINES COMPANY, LIMITED - Incorporated (in 1902) Under the Laws of Arizona - Had offices at Tombstone and Prescott, Arizona as well as New York City. This was a consolidation of all the important mines in the Tombstone Mining District. Cochise County, Arizona. E. B. Gage was the company president. (This certificate represents a lot of history so I encourage you to Google his name) Unissued but signed by E. B. Gage. Cancellation stamp over signature. It is quite large and did not fit entirely on my scanner so I took a photo. Anything from this town is popular with collectors so reserve early! (Dated 190_) Price - $195
1902 PROSPERITY MINING COMPANY, LIMITED - Incorporated (in 1901) Under the Laws of the Territory of Arizona - Stock certificate issued to William H. Sargent for 25 shares. Yavapai County. Signed by Chas. H. H. German as treasurer and H. H. Gouglas, president. Office at Phoenix, Arizona.
Price - $69.00
1901 THE ELECTRA MINING AND MILLING COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1901) Under the Laws of the Territory of Arizona - Shares were 5 cents each. This mine was located in Yavapai County, Arizona. I can't quite make out the town it was issued at... it possibly says Phoenix City??? Signed by H. E. Wilson as president. Price - $57.00
1910 HARCUVAR COPPER COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1907) Under the Laws of the Territory of Arizona - The mine office was at the town of Wenden, Yuma County, Arizona. Signed by N. A. Lund as secretary and Lemuel B. Woolston as company president. Owned 9 patented claims adjoining the Oro Cobre Mine, about 12 miles northwest of Wendendale, in the Cunningham Pass Mining District of the Harcuvar Mountains. Ore was reported to average about 3.5% copper, 1.5 oz. silver and $6 to $8 gold per ton. Price - $69.00
1920 ARIZONA GOLD KING MINING COMPANY - Organized Under the Laws of Arizona - Certificate issued to T. J. Roberts for 1,000 shares. Main vignette shows an early ore mill. You may have noticed that there is no corporate seal punched into it. This is normal for stocks from this company. Not all companies used a seal. Another example would be the famous Homestake Gold Mine in the Black Hills, which never used a corporate seal in all it's years of operation. The Arizona Gold King had mines near Bisbee, AZ in Cochise County. Signed by Fred Sandtner as president and T. Morris, secretary.
Price - $55.00
1901 THE VERDE GRANDE COPPER COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1901) Under the Laws of the Territory of Arizona - Certificate issued to John Holm for 4 shares valued at $5 each. Shiny-gold corporate seal and background design. Purple 5 cent documentary stamp affixed to the upper-left corner - series of 1898. Mine located in Yavapai County, Arizona. Had offices at Jerome, AZ, Prescott, AZ and St. Louis, MO. Signed by Geo. H. Martin as secretary and T. E. Campbell, president. The company reorganized in July of 1917 as the Jerome Grande Copper Company. Price - $75.00
1878 THE MOONLIGHT MINING COMPANY - Incorporated February 18th, 1878 - Early stock certificate #18, issued for 1,000 shares valued at $100 each... so at the time of issue, it was worth $100,000, in 1878 dollars! LOCATION, GLOBE MINING DISTRICT, PINAL COUNTY, ARIZONA (printed at bottom). Unique vignette shows a full moon shining through the clouds. The moon is actually shiny-silver - scanners don't pick up this color very well. Office at San Francisco, California. T. R. Garnier, secretary and P. Tomkinson, company president. RARE. Price - $395
1906 SANTA CRUZ MINES AND SMELTER COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1906) Under the Laws of Arizona - Certificate issued to Mary E. Smith. Shiny-gold corporate seal. This was a consolidation of the Mowry and Alto Mines, located in the Santa Rita Mountains of Arizona. Santa Cruz County. Price - $49.00
1905 HOMESTAKE EXTENSION MINING COMPANY - Organized (in 1904) Under the Laws of the Territory of Arizona - Stock certificate issued to Louise R. Taylor for 500 shares. This operation was located near Jerome, Arizona. Contains three excellent mining vignettes - the center one shows a long wooden flume running along a creek. W. P. Nolan, vice president. Early 10 cent stock transfer stamp affixed to reverse. Price - $55.00
1900 SANTA ANA MINING COMPANY - Incorporated Under the Laws of the Territory of Arizona, February 19, 1898 - This is the scarce Arizona stock that everyone seems to want in their collections... and for good reason! Vignette includeds a full-color American Flag draped behind a coat of arms. Datelined Kingman, Arizona. The company worked property in Mohave County in the Colorado River Mining District. This certificate is very large (12 & 3/4 x 10 & 1/4 inches) and did not fit entirely on my scanner - it is complete. Price - $175
1904 CASTLE ROCK GOLD COMPANY - Incorporated (July of 1903) Under the Laws of the Territory of Arizona - Yavapai County, A. T. printed beneath title. Unusual vignette showing photo of a castle. Also notice the impression of a castle in the center of the gold corporate seal. Gold mine located in the Bradshaw Mountains. Signed by George S. Connelly as president. Stock certificate issued to one of the mine directors, George P. Harrington for a whopping $25,000 shares. His actual signature is on the reverse. Main Office, Springfield, Illinois.
Below is a short excerpt I found about George P. Harrington:
On March 14th, 1894, George P. Harrington and his lawyer, James M. Taylor, arrived early to the Crowned King Mining Company stockholders' meeting in Taylorville, Illinois. Next came R. H. Hetherington, the company's local agent from Prescott, Arizona. Finally, Orrin F. Place, a major stockholder and the mine manager, appeared with his attorney. The announcement was brief. Place was being removed as manager, and Harrington would take his position. With a curse, Place grabbed his valise and pulled out a pistol. A struggle ensued as Taylor reached for Place's arm and was struck down. Place then lunged toward Harrington. Just as he pulled the trigger, Hetherington grabbed the hammer, catching the blow and stopping the pistol from firing. The men wrestled the gun away and held Place until the sheriff arrived to arrest the disgruntled employee. Thus began the turn of events that brought George Harrington to Arizona Territory. The 44 year old mine operator would spend the remaining 28 years of his life trying to extract the elusive gold metal from the Bradshaw Mountains.
***Reference: ELUSIVE GOLD, George P. Harrington and the Bradshaw Mines 1887-1922 by Robert L. Spude. Price - $275
1908 THE TRIBUNE GOLD MINING AND MILLING COMPANY - Incorporated Under the Laws of the Territory of Arizona - Unusual format stock certificate issued to Jacob White for 400 shares. Looks even better in person with shiny-gold ink background design and corporate seal. I am told this company operated in the Tombstone Mining District of Arizona. Also had property in Mexico - the Rey de Oro Mines in the Magdalena District, Sonora. Signed by Charles White as secretary and George P. Moore, company president. Vignette shows an early miner swinging a pickaxe while another pushes an ore cart. Price - $120
1908 THE BENEDICTINE MINING COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1908) Under the Laws of Arizona - Stock certificate issued to W. B. Stewart for 120 shares valued at $25 each. I found an article that claimed the company owned 139 "thoroughly proven" mines in the following locations:
Mohave County, Arizona. The Cedar Group of Claims - Office at Cedar, AZ.
Kofa, Arizona - Yuma County
Cocopah Mountains - NE corner of lower California
Signed by Andrew J. Rully as treasurer and Wm. C. Codd, vice president.
Price - $69.00
1906 GREAT BELCHER OF ARIZONA COMPANY - Organized (in 1903) Under the Laws of Arizona - Very ornate stock certificate issued to Benjamin Stoner - Hellam Penna for 300 shares. This was the successor of the Great Belcher-Bullwhacker Gold Company. The operation was located in Yavapai County in the Big Bug Mining District. Ores contained gold and copper. Signed by P. H. Noel as secretary and Isaac W. Mason, president. Mine office at Providence, AZ. Printed by the New York Bank Note Co. Price - $165
1906 PEOPLES GOLD COMPANY - Incorporated Under the Laws of the Territory of Arizona - Stock certificate issued to Benjamin Stoner for 350 shares valued at one dollar each. Shiny-gold corporate seal punched into lower-left. Contains three different mining vignettes.
Price - $60.00