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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.
CIRCLE CITY REFINING 2 Troy Ounce Silver Bar - The operation that produced these was so obscure that there is very little information to offer. I am told this poured ingot is fairly old. Notice the unusual shape. Circle City is an unincorporated community in Maricopa County, Arizona, 14 miles northwest of Surprise, AZ. Scarce collectors bar! Price - $150
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
OLD POURED JOHNSON MATTHEY SILVER BULLION BAR - 20 troy ounce 999+ fine silver ingot. Unique serial number stamped along the right side. Bottom stamp reads: J. M. LTD. ASSAY OFFICE - CANADA. Scarce collectors bar.
EARLY OURAY, COLORADO MINING DEEDS - Set of 3 - More information: All are notorized and stamped with a notary seal. The 1901 was notorized by Marshall Black and includes his fancy seal (I'm not sure if he was an actual "marshall"). They fold out into a large document that includes detailed information about the location of the mining claims. The 1899 mentions the Homestake Lode Claim and the 1901 the Monitor #2 Lode Claim. I was unable to read the name of the claim on the 1903 deed - Someone more familiar with this region could probably figure it out. All were in the Uncompahgre Mining District in the San Juan Mountains. Ores from this district produced gold, silver, copper, lead and zinc. Ouray County.
1876 - 1989 HOMESTAKE MINING COMPANY Commemorative Silver Round - One Troy Ounce .999 Fine. Reverse reads: HOMESTAKE GOLD MINE - Maintenance - LEAD, SOUTH DAKOTA. It is still sealed in the original plastic. The silver has toned nicely over the years. These have become very popular with Black Hills collectors and there are certainly not enough to go around. Their value keeps going up. Price - $95.00
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.
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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
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HOFFMAN AND HOFFMAN Silver Bullion Bar - Scarce older poured ingot. 10.82 Troy Ounces .999+ fine silver. Thick "Loaf" style. Nice collector bar. Price - $350
CRIPPLE CREEK & VICTOR COLORADO 1 Ounce .999 Fine Silver Bullion Coins. Beautiful Coins in excellent condition. Each one commemorating a specific historic mine in the Cripple Creek Mining District. Dates available:
1998 - THE CRESSON MINE - Price $80.00
1999 - THE INDEPENDENCE MINE - Price $80.00
2000 - THE THERESA MINE - Price $80.00
2001 - THE AMERICAN EAGLES MINE - Price $80.00
2003 - THE PORTLAND MINE - SOLD
2006 - THE DEADWOOD MINE - Price $80.00
The reverse side of each one contains in large letters - CC & V (Cripple Creek and Victor)
1877 DIANA GOLD AND SILVER MINING COMPANY - Incorporated October 1877 - Rare and beautiful early western stock certificate. TUSCARORA MINING DISTRICT, ELKO COUNTY, NEVADA printed on right side. Certificate #172 issued shortly after the company was formed 138 years ago for 100 shares worth $100 each. Office at San Francisco, California. Uncancelled. ( shown at left ) Price - $395
1893 THE SUNNY BELLE MINING AND MILLING COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1892) Under the Laws of the State of Colorado - Beautiful stock certificate printed with lots of shiny-gold ink. Issued to company president, John G. Shields for a whopping 24,500 shares worth $1 each. A huge sum of money in the 1890s. The Sunny Belle operated in Boulder County, Colorado. What a nice name for a mining company! Price - $295 ( Shown at left )
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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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!
1927 GOLDENROD OIL COMPANY - Incorporated Under the Laws of Delaware - The bottom of the corporate seal reads DALLAS, TEXAS - the actual oil wells were likely near there. The graphics on this scarce stock certificate are amazing! Notice the bright yellow Goldenrod plant shown beneath the title. Oil wells above. Issued to A. H. Sasse Company for 20 shares worth $5 each. Price - $150
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! Price - $175
Please note: The gold and silver items on this page are sold as collectibles and there will be a premiumSource: www.oldwesthistorystore.com