CALIFORNIA STOCK CERTIFICATES - Page 2
1917 THE BOULDER CREEK CONSOLIDATED GOLD MINING AND MILLING COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1908) Under the Laws of Arizona - Main Office, San Diego, California (printed at top). Stock certificate issed to the Southern California Baptist Convention. Boulder Creek Mining District. San Diego County. Claims included the Punch Bowl, Little Giant, Condor, Quartzite No. 1, Quartzite No. 2, Apex, Cuyamaea, Golden Eagle, Nebraska and Golden Hill. Operated a 10 ton roller mill and concentrator. Signed John H. Kleine as secretary. Price - $85.00
1900 SUNSET CONSOLIDATED OIL COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1900) Under the Laws of the State of California - Certificate issued to John Harris Bolles for 500 shares worth $1 each. Gold/brown corporate seal. Detailed vignette shows an early oil field with many wells. Los Angeles, California printed on the dateline and stamped in the seal. Price - $60.00
1909 THE FEATHER RIVER DREDGING AND CONCENTRATING COMPANY - Incorporated Under the Laws of Arizona - Stock certificate issued to J. A. Campbell for 1,000 shares. Shiny-gold corporate seal. Yuba County, California. This operation used suction dredges to mine gold along the channel of the Feather River below Marysville, California. Signed by Dr. A. Howard Young as company president.
Price - $75.00
1880 NEW YORK AND CALAVERAS COUNTY GOLD MINING COMPANY - Incorporated Under the Laws of the State of New York - Location of Property, Calaveras County, California. Certificate issued to Joseph F. Dodge for 100 shares. Detailed vignette shows an early mining operation - Miners cabins in the foreground. Office at New York. Signed by J. P. Marshall as president.
Price - $175
1905 MOUNT PLEASANT CONSOLIDATED GOLD MINING COMPANY - Incorporated April 23rd, 1902 - LOCATION OF WORKS, GRIZZLY FLAT, CALIFORNIA (printed in upper right corner). El Dorado County. Stock certificate issued to John E. McKay for 1,000 shares. Vignette shows an early miner pushing an ore cart out of a tunnel. Office at Angels Camp, California. Signed by Fred C. Beedle as company president.
Price - $95.00
1881 THE RISING SUN GOLD MINING COMPANY - Organized Under the General Laws of the State of New York - PLACER COUNTY, CALIFORNIA (printed beneath title). Stock certificate issued to Wm. G. Thomson for 100 shares worth $5 each. Mined high grade free-milling gold / quartz ore assaying at $28 per ton. (in 1880s dollars). Signed by L. D. Cortright as company secretary. Price - $150
1868 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 right side. Stock# 235, issued to Calvin C. Spencer for 556 shares valued at $5 each - just 20 years after the original gold discovery at Sutters Mill, which started the rush to California. Signed by John B. Church as company president. Early 25 cent Internal Revenue stamp affixed to left side.
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 richest veins were the Poundstone, McCosmic, Klondyke and Kidney. *** RARE *** Price - $1,200
1904 PILOT QUARTZ MINE - Incorporated October 27th, 1904 - Principal Place of Business, Stockton, California. Mine at Cave City, Calaveras County, CA - Ghost Town. Stock certificate #1, issued to company president, Alexander Chalmers for 10,000 shares. Detailed vignette shows an early ore mill.
⛏ First certificate I have seen from Cave City, California. Price - $225
1899 THE FORTUNA GOLD MINING COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1898) Under the Laws of the State of Maine - Location of Mines, Agua Dulce Canyon, Lower California, Mexico printed beneath title. 100 share certificate issued to Hornblower & Weeks. Signed by Frank W. Reynolds as treasurer, E. T. Willson, assistant treasurer, and C. B. Baynton, company president. Impressive Bald Eagle vignette. Printed by the Franklin Lee Bank Note Co., New York. Price - $95.00
1882 KELLY GOLD MINING COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1881) Under the Laws of the State of Maine - LOCATION, JACKSON DISTRICT, AMADOR COUNTY, CALIFORNIA. Vignette shows a prospector swinging a pickaxe. Stock certificate #50, issued to H. J. Boardman for 1,500 shares. Signed by J. A. Tucker as treasurer and E. Hastings, company president. Office at Portland, Maine. Printed on yellow paper. Corporate seal punched into upper-right. Price - $79.00
1902 THE CALIFORNIA KING GOLD MINES COMPANY - Incorporated Under the Laws of the Territory of Arizona - Mines located in Imperial County California, in the Picacho Basin, near the Arizona border. Office at Yuma, Arizona (printed just above the date line). The ghost town of Picacho is about 30 miles north of Yuma. Printed by the New York Bank Note Co. Very attractive certificate! Price - $125
1909 THE GRIZZLY GOLD MINING COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1907) Under the Laws of the Territory of Arizona - Issued to company president, M. Prugh for a whopping 71,000 shares. Most notable is the large Grizzly Bear vignette. There is also a Grizzly Bear design inside the corporate seal. Placer gold mine located on Grizzly Mountain, in the Sierra Range near the towns of Sloat and Cromberg, California. Plumas County. Onion Valley District. Office at Los Angeles, California. Amazing Old West stock certificate!
RARE. ⛏ Price - $350
1905 COLOMA GOLD MINING COMPANY - Incorporated Under the Laws of the Territory of Arizona - Issued to Warner W. Miller for 250 shares. Unique vignette shows portrait of James W. Marshall, Original Discoverer of Gold in California (printed beneath). The famous Sutter's Mill gold discovery (at Coloma) was on January 24th, 1848 and lead to the California Gold Rush. Shiny-gold border design. Worked mines in the Coloma District. El Dorado County, California. Sierra Nevada foothills. W. H. Chamberlin, vice president. Amazing Old West stock certificate!
RARE. ⛏ Price - $375
1896 CONSOLIDATED SOUTH SPRING HILL GOLD MINING COMPANY - Incorporated in 1890 - LOCATION OF MINES, AMADOR COUNTY, CALIFORNIA printed beneath title. Gold / quartz mine. The company had a 40-stamp mill and employed 50 men. Stock certificate issued to Wm. S. Mc Gowan for 100 shares worth $5.00 each. Signed by L. H. Goodnow as treasurer and George F. Morse, company president.
I found a biography of GEORGE F. MORSE. Here are some short excerpts:
In 1862, he joined the 3rd Division, 3rd Army Corps, General Whipple, commanding. (Civil War) He left the Army in 1863 and bought a city hotel in Annapolis, MD. In 1871, the firm of G. Morse & Co. was formed, consisting of G. Morse, G. F. Morse and A. G. Morse; for the manufacture of combs and dealing in horns. The prosecution of this business required extensive travel, taking him, in 1875 to California, in 1880, to Cuba and Mexico; going from Havana to the City of Mexico (Mexico City) in the company of Generals Grant and Sheridan, at the time Grant was completing his visit around the world. In 1881 a trip was made to Europe. A portion of 1882 was spent in California, having been elected President of the South Spring Hill Gold Mining Company., Amador, California, which office he continues to hold, spending a portion of his time at the mines. At the first annual election of Directors of the Wachusett National Bank of Fitchburg, held in 1876, he was chosen a member of the board. Upon the organization of the Helca Powder Company of New York, in 1881, he was chosen President., holding the office until 1888. He is also a director in the Leominster Gas Company (Massachusetts), to which office he was chosen in 1884. He has held the office of Notary Public and Justice of the Peace since receiving his commission from Gov. Thomas Talbot, in 1874; amd, also filling numerous minor offices.
Wow... This gentleman had quite a life! The biography included an actual photograph of George F. Morse with an example of his signature which matches the signature on the stock certificate. Along with the certificate, I will include a copy of this picture and more of the biography. Price - $275
1903 THE GOLDEN GATE MINING COMPANY OF CALIFORNIA - Incorporated (in 1902) Under the Laws of the Territory of Arizona - Mines Located in Mud Springs Mining District, El Dorado County, California (printed on left border). Stock certificate issued to Ruth Stoner for 100 shares. Price - $75.00
1908 STANDARD MINES COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1905) Under the Laws of Arizona - Phoenix, AZ stamped in the corporate seal. Stock certificate issued to Gertrude N. Woodward for 1,000 shares. Worked mines in the Mojave Desert near Cima, California. San Bernardino County. Ivanpah Mining District. Cima, CA is considered a semi ghost town. The ore contained mainly copper with smaller amounts of silver and gold. Ores were shipped to a smelter in Salt Lake City, Utah. Signed by Frank S. Adams as secretary and John W. Kemp, company president. Vignette shows smoke billowing from an early ore smelter. Had offices at Los Angeles and Cima. Price - $165
1899 THE ALGOL COPPER MINING COMPANY - Incorporated January, 1899 Under the Laws of California - Business, Executive and Transfer Offices, San Francisco - Location of Works, Placer County, California. Stock certificate #33, issued to W. C. Stadtfeld for 100 shares. Large, ornate title. Mine located 11 miles east of Lincoln. First worked in 1865 and re-opened in 1899. The ore was rich in copper and contained a bit of gold as well. Price - $89.00
18__ THE ORIENTAL FIRE AND MARINE INSURANCE COMPANY of SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - Incorporated on June 18th, 1869. Very ornate stock certificate. The vice president of this early California company was J. N. Eckel and L. W. Kennedy, secretary. Top border reads: AUTHORIZED CAPITAL $1,000,000 GOLD. Unissued. Price - $120
1892 SOUTH IDAHO CONSOLIDATED MINING AND MILLING COMPANY - Incorporated Nov. 14th, 1892 - Stock certificate #5, issued on the same day of incorporation for 100 shares. Grass Valley, Nevada County, California (printed at top). Signed by W. J. Rogers as company secretary. Printed by J. C. Irvine Lith. S. F. Price - $49.00
1913 CALIFORNIA HAWAIIAN DEVELOPMENT COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1911) Under the Laws of the State of California - Placer County. Here is an excerpt from my research: "Holds claims extending approximately 12 miles along the Ralston Divide, between Long Canon and the middle fork of the American River". This was referred to as a gold gravel mine. Stock certificate issued to H. M. K. Harrison for 200 shares. Signed by C. G. Bockus as secretary. He was a resident of Honolulu, Hawaii. The company vice president. L. L. McCandless was also from Hawaii, which is quite unusual. This certificate contains three uncommon mining vignettes. Price - $80.00
1921 THE PITTSBURG AND MT. SHASTA GOLD MINING AND MILLING COMPANY - Incorporated Under the Laws of the State of West Virginia - Stock certificate issued to Carl D. Schultz for 175 shares. Signed by Rudolf Schmitt as vice president and T. V. Scott, secretary & treasurer. Oval vignette shows a stream running through the mountains - tailings piles can be seen on the right side.
(A) The Bennington Group, 10 patented claims, 175 acres, in Flat Creek District, Shasta County, North of Redding, California, said to have been bought for $18,000 cash and 60,000 shares, also 20 patented claims, 1 mile from Bennington, known as the Alleghany group. Mine office, Keswick, CA. Ore was shipped by the Iron Mountain Railway.
(B) The Black Hawk Mine, 130 acres, in Rand District, Kern County, 2 & 1/2 miles SW of Johannesburg, California, purchased in 1921. Mine office, Randsburg, CA.
Price - $150
1936 BUTTE LODE MINING COMPANY - San Francisco Mint Bullion Deposit Receipt - The Butte Lode Mining Company was one of the important mines of the Randsburg District, Kern County, California. The deposit was a single gold/silver bar valued at $888.90.
Price - $40.00
1922 THE YUBA CONSTRUCTION COMPANY - Incorporated Under the Laws of the State of California, December 1st, 1909 - Stamped twice with the text: "Name changed to Yuba Manufacturing Company on February 15th, 1917". Preferred stock certificate issued to Thomas H. Breeze for 90 shares valued at $100 each. This company built dredges for gold, tin and platinum, dredge machinery, centrifugal pumps, Yuba Ball Tread Tractors and iron, steel, manganese castings. Main vignette shows a drawing of one of the company's large dredges in use and two men working in an industrial setting at bottom. The manufacturing facilities were at Marysville and Benicia, California. Signed by A. E. Boynton as secretary. Affixed to the reverse are a number of early Internal Revenue stamps. Price - $85.00
1924 CALIFORNIA LIBERTY GOLD MINES COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1918) Under the Laws of Arizona - Large, ornate stock certificate issued to C. G. A. Baker for 500 shares worth $5 each. Mine located in Yuba County, California. Detailed vignette shows an early ore mill. Signed by C. Brooks as secretary.
Price for both the certificate & photo - $120
RARE ACTUAL PHOTOGRAPH SHOWING A LARGE GOLD NUGGET TAKEN FROM THE CALIFORNIA LIBERTY GOLD MINES COMPANY (see certificate above) - Writing on the photo reads: Liberty Nugget from California Liberty Gold Mines, Yuba Co. California. Weight 35 1/2 Ozs, Value $714.00 (exact size) Owned by Warren C. Wilkins. I did the math and gold was worth about $20 an ounce at that time. I'm selling this together with the stock certificate.
1907 FURNACE CREEK SOUTH EXTENSION COPPER COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1906) Under the Laws of Arizona - Scarce Greenwater, Inyo County, California stock certificate. Printed with a beautiful blue ink. 25 shares of TREASURY STOCK, issued to O. F. Jonasson & Co. Owned 120 acres of mining property, including the Anxiety and Copper Shoe groups (of mines). Ore was said to contain from 5% to 30% copper. The corporate office was at Goldfield, Nevada and mine office at Greenwater, California. Signed by Alexander Russell as vice president. Certificate printed by the Utah Lithographing Co. S.L.C. Price - $235
1938 NORTHERN CALIFORNIA GOLDFIELDS, INC. - Incorporated (in 1935) Under the Laws of the State of Washington - Check out the spectacular picture on this one, showing an ore mill in the mountains of California. Stock certificate issued to R. C. Witt for 1,000 shares, valued at 10 cents each. Attractive blue border. Perfect certificate for framing. Price - $85.00