Beautifully engraved certificate from the Peruvian Copper & Smelting Company
issued in 1921. This historic document was printed by the New York Bank Note Company and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of indians. This item is hand signed by the Company's President ( J. A. Vandegrift ) and Secretary ( M. W. Braden ) and is over 91 years old.
Copper has been a part of the lifestyle of Peruvian man for the last two thousand years. Pre-Columbian metallurgy was familiar with the unique characteristics of the material: its durability, resistance to corrosion, malleability, ductility, and easy handling. Over the following centuries, copper continued to be a material of choice for important artistic and technological works. This long history underpins the development of the copper industry, which has made Peru today the fifth producer of this metal in the world market. The property was located at Yauricocha in the district of Yauyos on the Western slope of the Andes.