Orinelia Consolidated Gold & Silver Mining Company Stock Certificate (108002)

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Orinelia Consolidated Gold & Silver Mining Company Stock Certificate   (108002)
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Possibly a Mark Twain/Samuel Clemens related document. Very rare. Only two others currently known to us. The Orinelia Consolidated Gold & Silver Mining Company Incorporated April 23, 1864. Datelined San Francisco May 12th, 1864 Silver Mountain District. Amador County. California. Certificate No. 8. Ten shares. "This certifies that A. C. Perkins is entitled to Ten Shares in the Capital Stock of the Orinelia Consolidated Gold and Silver Mining Company." Signed by W. Belsmith, Secretary and Stephen Otis, President. Printer: Buswell & Co. 509 Clay Street. Two revenue stamps at left. Crease marks from folding. According to R.M. Smythe & Co. description of one of the only other known certificates from this company, which sold in their 10th Anniversay Strasburg Stock and Bond Auction #159, only 1,875 shares were authorized, making this an extremely rare stock certificate. The Silver Mountain District is about 65 miles south of Virginia City in what was Douglas County, Nevada, but later became part of California as a consequence of the California-Nevada Boundary Settlement [Ref: Kelly, J. Wells, First Directory of Nevada Territory 1862; Carlson, Helen, Nevada Place Names 1974] Mark Twain's Letters, Volume one states that Samuel Clemens visited the Silver Mountain Area in the final week of April, 1864 after receiving a "crazy letter" from his brother, Orion, the subject of which was speculated to be a mine in the Silver Mountain District. That locates Twain in the exact location of the Orinelia Consolidated Mines within weeks of the date this stock was issued.

Date: 1864
State/Country: California
City/County: Silver Mountain, Amador County