Stock Certificate for Five Shares in the Ave Maria Gold Quartz Mine, Mariposa, California. Gold Rush, Ave Maria Gold Quartz Mine.
Stock Certificate for Five Shares in the Ave Maria Gold Quartz Mine, Mariposa, California

Stock Certificate for Five Shares in the Ave Maria Gold Quartz Mine, Mariposa, California

Mariposa: [c.1851]. Broadside, approximately 9.25” x 6.50”. Fine, with Secretary's signature a bit faded.

An example of early British investment in the California Gold Rush. In 1851, the Ave Maria Gold Quartz Mining Association, based in London, offered 50,000 shares of stock at £1 per share. This is an original certificate for 5 shares. Printed on both sides, scallop-cut left edge, Specific share numbers filled in by hand, with ink signatures of Secretary and two committee members on front.

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