1909 THE GOLD HAMMER MINES AND TUNNEL COMPANY - Clear Creek County - Idaho Springs, Colorado

1907 THE BULL FROG NUGGET MINING COMPANY - Bull Frog District, Nevada


1865 CHURCH UNION GOLD COMPANY - El Dorado County, California

1880s to around 1910 PUMPKIN SEED WHISKY FLASKS - Austin, Nevada

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1883 EMERALD MINING COMPANY - Tombstone Mining District, Cochise County, Arizona Territory

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1960s POSTCARD - Showing Homestake Mining Company Gold Bullion Bars - Lead, South Dakota - Black Hills



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ANTIQUE 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 owner??? 

Antique One Troy Ounce Gold Nugget Ring

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Cripple Creek & Victor Colorado Commemorative Gold Rounds

HOMESTAKE MINING COMPANY Silver Bullion Bars - Lead, South Dakota

GENUINE 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 - Price $1,950  

ALASKA 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

HOMESTAKE 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.

Homestake Mining Company Silver Bullion Bar - Ingot poured in 1977 - Old style logo

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I 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

1876 - 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.   Price - $275


HOMESTAKE MINING COMPANY - Gold and Silver Commemorative Round

California Pure Gold Coins - Grizzly Bear

1960s POSTCARD - 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

These 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 iridescence.

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  

1883 EMERALD MINING COMPANY - Incorporated March 22nd, 1882 - Principal Place of Business, Tombstone, Arizona Territory. LOCATION, TOMBSTONE MINING DISTRICT, COCHISE COUNTY, A. T. Early items from this famous western town are always in high demand. Stock certificate issued to notable Tombstone resident, E. B. Gage for 1,000 shares valued at $25 each. E. B. Gage played an important role in the towns history and I recommend using Google to find more info. After the gunfight at the O.K. Corral, E. B. Gage sent $1,000 to Wyatt Earp and his posse.
*** Rare ***   Price - $320    

MERRILL LYNCH 1 oz. Fine Gold Bar - Bull Logo

EMIRATES GOLD EGO - 500 Gram Silver Bullion Bar - Poured Ingot

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. RARE.
Price - $650

MERRILL 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
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Indian Head $5 Gold Piece and Genuine Gold Nuggets

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!  


1909 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 

1987 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

THE GOLD BAR MINE - One Ounce Silver Round - Bullfrog Mining District, Nevada

THE GOLD BAR MINE - One Ounce Silver Round - Bullfrog Mining District, Nevada

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Please note:  The gold and silver items on this page are sold as collectibles and there will be a premium

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MINOT, NORTH DAKOTA Silver Commemorative Round

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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!

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Your accumulations of pre-1920 stock certificates. Email for prompt offer. Please include scans
These 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!

500 Gram Silver Bar - Ingot
(Shown above)
999.0 Fine

This 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
1986 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 pounds.
*** Not currently for sale

1907 THE BULL FROG NUGGET MINING COMPANY - Incorporated Under the Laws of the Territory of Arizona - Owned 8 unpatented gold & silver claims in the BULLFROG MINING DISTRICT OF NEVADA. Very rare stock certificate with a unique design, showing a frog sitting on a large gold nugget (printed in shiny-gold ink). Signed by F. H. Dunnington as secretary and Edwin Arkell as vice president. Edwin Arkell had mining interests in a number of western states. He got started in the mining business in Leadville, Colorado and his signature can be found on a number of Cripple Creek, Colorado certificates as well. The Bull Frog Nugget MC office was at Colorado Springs. I am only aware of two examples. This would certainly be a highlight of any western mining history collection!
Price - $575   
1897 THE COLD CREEK NEVADA TOWNSITE COMPANY - Incorporated Under the Laws of the State of Colorado - Issued to William B. Harris for 100 shares. Cold Creek, Nevada is in Clark County, about 45 miles northwest of Las Vegas. This stock certificate and the similar one posted on the NEVADA STOCKS (Page 1) are the only two from this small town I have ever seen. Vignette shows a group of early surveyors plotting out the town. Today the area is known for the wild horses which roam freely around the town. Quality printing by the American Bank Note Co. New York, Litho. Scarce.   Price - $195