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1883 THE TOTAL WRECK MINING AND MILLING COMPANY - Pima County, Arizona Territory Ghost Town
GOLD ORE CORE SAMPLES
(cut lengthwise). These rare specimens came from a Mojave Desert
California gold mine
operating in the early 1900s. They were part of a
very old collection. A fire assay was recently done on similar
material. Results showed that this ore contains from 1 to 1 & 1/2
oz. gold per ton and a small amount of silver. It should be noted that
these samples contain some Pyrite as well. Larger core measures about 2
by 1 & 1/2 inches wide. Smaller one measures about 1 & 3/4
inches long by 1 & 1/2 inches wide. (Only 2 available) Price
/ each - $89.00
THE COLORADO CITY AND MANITOU MINING AND MILLING COMPANY - Incorporated
(in 1905) Under the Laws of the State of Colorado - Property in the Cripple Creek Mining District (printed on right side). Colorado City, Colo. printed just above the date line. Stock certificate issued to the State Investment Company for 1,000 shares. Worked mines on Tenderfoot Hill, Galena Hill and Bull Hill. Signed by J. P. Jackson as secretary and W. J. Chinn,
vice president. Teller County. Vignette shows early miners working in a
tunnel. Reverse contains image of a snow-capped mountain peak.
Price - $120
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ONE TROY OUNCE GOLD NUGGET RING - Here is something you don't see
everyday. It looks even better in person. The total weight is 1.15 oz.
so the nugget itself is around an ounce. It is almost too big to
wear! Finger size is 7 but I'm sure it could be re-sized by a
jeweler. I am told it is a California nugget. If you enlarge
(click on) the photo you can see the reddish-brown matrix in the
crevices - this is typical of nuggets from the Mother Lode region of
California. This nuggets tests at 21K - 22K and the band is 14K. The
band appears to be hand-formed and was not cast like modern rings. The
design on the side was hand-tooled as well. The jeweler could not give
me an exact age but said it was quite old. Natural nuggets this size
are of course rare so even if you do not intend to wear it, it is a
spectacular collector specimen. Possibly worn by a wealthy mine
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NEVADA GOLD NUGGET - This beautiful gold / quartz specimen was found
with a metal detector in Pershing County, Nevada, in the Dun Glen
Placer Fields - East Range. Total weight is .72 ounce or 22.4
grams (almost 3/4 of an ounce!). Contains about 25% quartz matrix so it
is 75% native gold. The (2) images above show the specimen close up
and the nugget beside an old mercury dime for scale. RARE SPECIMEN -
MINT ASSAY BARS - These rarely come up for sale. Loaf style ingots.
999.0 Fine Silver. Alaskan collectibles are always in high demand so I
don't expect to have these very long. Only (2) examples available:
4.8 Troy Ounces - Price $235
5.2 Troy Ounces - Price $250
MINING COMPANY Silver Bullion Bar - Hand poured ingot made in 1977 at Lead, South Dakota. Bar
# 5298 - 9.62 oz - 999.0 Fine. All Homestake bars are becoming tough to
find, but these older bars with the fancy logo are almost impossible to
acquire. This one was recently found in an old house, hidden behind a wall... still inside the original burlap pouch.
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web pages compatible with everyones browser, it isn't always possible.
Customers sometimes tell me they can't see prices on certain items - In
most cases you can simply enlarge the page to solve the problem... but
feel free to contact me anytime you cannot see something. I am here to
still do business the old-fashioned way. When ready to order, simply
send me an email and let me know which item(s) you are interested in. I
will send an invoice with payment options ASAP. If you decide to
purchase more than one certificate at a time, I can offer a nice
discount. Stop back often for new additions. JD
- 2001 HOMESTAKE MINING COMPANY Gold & Silver Commemorative Bullion
Coin - Scarce issue - 1/10 ounce of 999.0 Fine Gold surrounded by pure
silver. 125 Years of Mining. Reverse reads: United States of America,
Canada, Argentina, Australia, Chile. Comes in a fancy display box.
- Showing actual gold bullion bars from the Homestake Mining Company
(above) - Reverse description states that there are about 5,000 troy
ounces shown in the photo, valued at $35 per fine ounce. This was the
gold value in the 1960s... so it gave me a good idea how old this
postcard is. Nearly 23,000 tons of tough, hard ore had to be processed
to produce this amount of gold. Black Hills, Lead, South Dakota.
Unused postcard. Have not seen this one before. Price - $49.00
Mid 1880s to around 1910 PUMPKIN SEED WHISKY FLASKS
flat little bottles were made to slip inside your pocket so your
beverage was always handy. At one time they had a cork and label.
They were found in Austin, Nevada
and are authentic. The glass has bubbles and inperfections since they
were made by hand and no two will be exactly alike. None have any
cracks. There is some hazing from years of exposure to minerals in the
ground. Held at the right angle, you can see a bit of rainbow
Be aware that these flasks will turn a beautiful
purple if left in the sunshine. Notice the hint of purple on the bottle
that is lying down in the photo. This is caused by ultraviolet light
reacting with the potassium permanganate used in the production
of the glass.
Measure about 6.5 inches tall, 4.25 inches wide and 1.25 inches thick.
Really cool Old West history!
Only (3) available
Price - $39.00 / each
1897 THE VICTOR BONDING, LEASING AND MINING COMPANY - (left) Smaller but impressive stock certificate issued in the town of Victor, Colorado. Teller County. Star emblem at left and shiny-gold ink around the border. Issued to Geo. P. Nash for 200 shares. Printed by The W. H. Kistler Stationery Co. Denver. Uncancelled.
Price - $65.00
1896 THE BLUE JAY MINING COMPANY - Incorporated Under the Laws of the State of Colorado. CRIPPLE CREEK MINING DISTRICT (printed beneath title) Rare stock certificate issued to company secretary, F. C. McArthur for 1,000 shares. Signed by Charles Wheeler
as president. Unique vignette shows a brightly-colored Blue Jay. Claims
included the Blue Jay, Whippoorwill, Little Giant, Murray, Andrews
Extension, Hill Top No. 1, 2, 3 and Kearsage 1 & 2. These claims
were located on Bull Hill, Raven Hill, Squaw Mountain and Hill Top
Mountain near the town of Cripple Creek. General offices at
Denver, Colorado. Price -
*** Rare ***
LYNCH 1 Troy oz. Hand Poured Gold Bar - 999.9 Fine - Scarce and
historic collectors ingot (shown below) These were sold to investors shortly after
the United States gold restrictions were lifted on January 1st, 1975.
The famous Bull logo is stamped at the top. Small but thick bar....
shaped like a small "loaf" ingot. *** Not currently for sale
(Shown at right)
CRIPPLE CREEK & VICTOR COLORADO 1/2 Ounce Gold Rounds - .9999 Fine
2001 The American Eagles Mine
2003 The Portland Mine
CC & V in large letters on reverse side - Reverse also has a unique serial number etched into it. Beautiful collector coins!
THE GOLD HAMMER MINES AND TUNNEL COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1902) Under
the Laws of the State of Colorado - Very impressive stock certificate
showing a large shiny-gold sledgehammer beneath the title. The company
had a number of mining claims at Idaho Springs in Clear Creek County, Colorado. Signed by C. M. Balkam as secretary and J. Jay Joslin, president. J. Jay Joslin
was also president of The Joslin Dry Goods Company of Denver. Printed
by the Rocky Mountain Bank Note Co. of Denver. An excellent
addition to any Colorado historical collection!
*** Scarce *** Price - $275
THE GOLD BAR MINE - One Ounce Silver Coin. Reeded edge. The silver used
to make these rounds was actually mined from the Gold Bar. The front
side shows a mine shaft built with timbers and the reverse shows a
bullfrog with the text: GOLD BAR, BULLFROG DISTRICT, NYE CO.,
NEVADA - BEATTY, GOLD CENTER, TRANSVAAL, GREENWATER, LILAC, JOHNNIE.
Very scarce issue! SOLD
I am always happy to make offers to serious sellers,
however, I cannot offer free appraisals. An appraisal represents the
full retail value during the best of times. Keep in mind that I
purchase most stock certificates for resale (like any other antique
dealer) and can't pay full retail and still stay in business. As much as I would like to, I
cannot offer specific information about old mining companies. (There are just not enough hours in a day)
Please note: The gold and silver items on this page are sold as collectibles and there will be a premium
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OLD WEST HISTORY STORE
AUTHENTIC EARLY WESTERN MINING STOCK CERTIFICATES
~ Own a Piece of the Old West ~
Greetings fellow western
history buffs! I am a small dealer and collector of early western
mining stocks & bonds. The hobby of collecting stock certificates
is known as "scripophily". My specialty is mining-related documents but
I do offer stocks from other industries as well.
I invite you to browse my
online catalog by clicking the links above. I think you will find my
prices to be quite reasonable, and in most cases, I can offer a nice
discount if you purchase more than one certificate at a time. Imagine
owning an actual gold mining certificate issued during the wild days of
Deadwood, when the region was still called Dakota Territory, or a stock
from the boom days of Cripple Creek, Colorado; also known as the
"Worlds Greatest Gold Camp". Many of these certificates contain
beautiful vignettes that are like a little window to the past. Whether
you enjoy Old West history or are just looking for a unique gift
for someone special, I guarantee you will be satisfied with your
purchase. Old stock certificates always look nice framed in the
home or office. What a great conversation piece!
Feel free to ask questions........
~ WANTED ~
Your accumulations of pre-1920 stock certificates. Email for prompt offer. Please include scans
old documents are often discovered in attics or long-forgotten boxes
and drawers. Many people are unaware of the historical and collector
value and simply throw them out. I am always looking for new and
interesting stocks certificates (and bonds) to replenish my inventory.
I will buy single pieces or a whole box
EMIRATES GOLD EGO
500 Gram Silver Bar - Ingot
size is also referred to as the 1/2 KILO. Attractive bar produced
at Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. If you look closely you can see
some cooling rings.
*** Not currently for sale
MINOT, WARD COUNTY, NORTH DAKOTA CENTENNIAL COIN - One Oz. Silver. Each
one was numbered. Map of the region on reverse. I have 2 of these to
offer. Price / each - $65.00
For security reasons, ALL gold & silver items are stored in a bank safety deposit box
*** Items are not always shown actual size
HOMESTAKE MINING COMPANY SILVER BULLION BARS
- Loaf style ingots produced in the Black Hills at Lead, South Dakota.
The Homestake has long-since closed and no more of these are being made.
In my experience there are more collectors of these than there are bars
to go around. These ingots were
hand poured and stamped.
Most notable is the bar poured in 1985
- 48.84 Ounces. This is the most attractive example I have owned. The
numbers are large and were very carefully stamped into the bar. Also
notice the cooling rings. This "brick" of pure silver weighs about 3
*** Not currently for sale
The Total Wreck silver mine was discovered by John T. Dillon
in 1879. Mr. Dillon was credited with naming the Empire Mountains of
Arizona. While walking through the desert, Dillon noticed large quartz
boulders scattered over a hillside and said it was a “Total Wreck”.
Upon closer inspection, he found traces of silver in the rock. Stock
certificate issued to John H. Harvey,
a wealthy Englishman who was a major investor in the mine. A small town
quickly sprang up there, also named Total Wreck. The same year this
stock was issued, a crew of Mexican woodcutters employed to
provide wood for the mill, were attacked by Geronimo’s Apaches. Six of
the men were killed and became the first to be buried in Total Wreck’s
small cemetery. Signed by J. M. Requa as president and John McMillan, secretary. It was reported to be a very rich mine. RARE. Price - $995