For your consideration is this collection of vintage and unissued stock certificates from seven (7) different Montana mining companies: New Copper-Silver Company, The Alder Gulch Consolidated Mining Company, The Brown-Eyed Queen Mining Company, Three-Mile Mining and Milling Co., The Neihart Tunnel and Mining Company, Home Stake Gold Mining Company, (Limited), and Penn Yan Mining Company, and three blank checks from the Missouri & Montana Gold Mining Co. Helena, Mont. The Penn Yan Mining Company is notable for having produced approximately $50.000,000 in gold and silver before operations ceased in the early 1890, certificate has a Vignette that contains the reverse and obverse of US Coins, dating from 1873 to 1880. A stock certificate is a physical piece of paper that represents a shareholder's ownership in a company. Stock certificates include information such as the number of shares owned, the date of purchase, an identification number, usually a corporate seal, and signatures. The certificates are most often a bit bigger than a normal piece of paper, and most of them have intricate designs to discourage fraudulent replication and counterfeiting, which was a problem for much of the pre-internet history of investing in corporate stocks. Before electronic record-keeping was available, stock certificates were a unique piece of work in their own right. It was fairly common to receive a stock certificate adorned with fancy designs and ornate engravings, which were like artwork in and of themselves.
Certificates are in good condition, slight foxing noted, largest measures 16.5"L x 10.25"W