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REPUBLIC MILL AND MINING COMPANY
Incorporated April 27th, 1877
Eureka Mining District ~ Nevada County ~ California
I recently acquired a rare book of certificates from this early mining operation. (I would assume this was a gold mine) According to my source, the book was found in the attic of an old Victorian house in Nevada City, California sometime in the 1960's. Nevada City is a sister city to Grass Valley where the mine was located, on Idaho Maryland Road in the Hills Flat area.
What is so interesting about this book is that it seems to contain many of the stocks that were issued by this company throughout its history. By looking at the signatures, I could tell that it was made up of just a few wealthy investors. Below you will see scans of the four oldest certificates, all issued in 1877, which makes them almost 130 years old! Notice the very early stock numbers. (# 4 has the corporate seal punched into it) A nice little vignette shows a miner with a pickax in one hand and lunch pail in the other. The stock receipts (stubs) are still attached. Shares were worth $100 each. Can you imagine what you could buy with $100 in those days! 
Looking at this selection, I would assume that this was a relativly small, obscure mining operation. Very few certificates were issued in its entire history, which makes each one quite valuable. It seems that the mine would shut down for a number of years and then would start up again. Also available are a couple of partially issued stocks (missing the presidents signature) dated 1889 and a few fully issued from 1905. (Prices are $40 - $55 for these) They have been quite popular and will most likely sell out fast so please reserve early. All but one are cancelled.
Price - $75
Price - $75
Price - $75
WESTERN AMERICAN REALTY COMPANY
Incorporated (in California) in 1907
I sometimes find certificates from non-mining companies that I find interesting as well. Issued on May 9th, 1913 for 3 shares worth $100 each. It is quite large, as you can see, the borders did not fit entirely on my scanner. (Stock# 323) Offices at San Francisco, California. A small vignette at the center of the title shows an Eagle resting on a globe. Corporate seal in lower-left. The trustee punched another seal at the top from their company: THE WILLIAM CARSON ESTATE COMPANY. An 8 cent & 4 cent revenue stamp are affixed to the reverse. Stamp cancelled.
Price - $38.00
HORSE MOUNTAIN COPPER COMPANY
Price - $48.00
Price - $85
CHEROKEE GOLD MINING COMPANY
Organized (in 1880) Under the Laws of the State of New York
GREENVILLE, PLUMAS COUNTY, CALIFORNIA
Rare 100 share certificate issued on January 3rd, 1882. Shares were worth $10 each. The corporate seal is punched (lightly) into the lower-left. Unique vignette shows a early 14-stamp mill used to crush gold ore. The gold fragments were then recovered using mercury. UNCANCELLED   
The Cherokee was one of the early discoveries in Plumas County. The gold was found in quartz veins that were mined on and off until around 1900. The neighboring mines were the Altoona and Green Mountain. 
Price - $130
THE SOUTH PACIFIC MINING COMPANY
Organized (in 1881) Under the Laws of the State of New York
Rare 100 share certificate issued to J.A. BAKER on June 5th, 1882. Shares worth $1 each. An exceptional vignette shows a mule pulling ore carts and men operating an early rock drill in a tunnel. Also notice the (very) uncommon vignettes in the corners of the certificate. Hand-signed by J.A. Baker as secretary and again on reverse. UNCANCELLED
INYO COUNTY, DEATH VALLEY, CALIFORNIA
There is a lot of history behind this certificate. The town of Baker, California was named after J.A. BAKER. The South Pacific properties were located in the Salt Springs area of Death Valley. As it turns out, millions of dollars were made promoting this operation, but since there was little or no actual mining going on, the investors lost their money. Mining scams like this were quite common during this era.      
Price - $175
SOLD
FURNACE VALLEY COPPER COMPANY
Incorporated (in 1906) Under the Laws of the State of Washington
Although incorporated in WA, my sources tell me that the actual copper mines were in the Greenwater Mining District - Inyo County, California. 100 share certificate issued on June 30th, 1908. Shares worth $5 each. Corporate seal is punched (lightly) into lower-left. Excellent vignette shows a group of early miners working by the light of their headlamps. Offices at Spokane, WA. Does not appear to be cancelled.
Price - $65.00
It is reported that the Company owned 8 claims. The deposits were in limestone and assayed from 4 - 15% copper
SOLD
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SAN DOMINGO GOLD MINING COMPANY
Incorporated Under the Laws of the State of California April 2nd, 1898
CALAVERAS CO., CAL.
Issued to the company president, Beach Thompson on September 2nd, 1903 for 40 shares worth $10 each. (Stock# 196) Excellent vignette showing an early hydraulic mining operation and miners cabin in the background. UNCANCELLED
Price - $59.00
This was a successful placer mining operation on San Domingo Creek, which was dredged in later years.
LOS NOGALES OIL COMPANY
Incorporated (in 1910) Under the Laws of the State of California
Issued on June 20th, 1910 for 5 shares worth a whopping $100 each. Shiny-gold corporate seal clearly punched into it. Most notable is the very early stock # 8. Attractive vignette shows a young woman wearing a hat with a star on the front. UNCANCELLED
Price - $55.00
Incorporated (Feb. 24th, 1914) Under the Laws of the State of California
What a great name! Issued to George A. Cameron on March 12th, 1914 for 100 shares. The shiny-gold corporate seal is clearly punched into the document. (Stock# 326) Center vignette shows an early ore mill in the mountains. UNCANCELLED 
EUREKA, CALIFORNIA 
(printed beneath title)
SOLD
This one is still available - notice that it has the corporate seal punched into it
SEDALIA & CALIFORNIA OIL COMPANY
Incorporated Under the Laws of the State of California
Attractive early oil stock. The BEARER of this certificate was the owner of 5 shares worth $1 each. Dated April 26th, 1902. Main vignette at the top shows an oil field with many wells and trees in the background. Another well is shown at the bottom - printed in shiny-gold ink. The presidents signature appears to be printed on the certificate but the secretaries signature is hand-signed. 
BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA  (printed on reverse)
Attached to the bottom of the certificate are 27 payment coupons (not shown in scan). The corporate seal was actually punched into it 9 times - once at the top and eight times in the coupons below.
Price - $55.00
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