Beautifully engraved certificate from the Verde Grande Copper Company issued in 1908. This historic document has an ornate border around it with a vignette of a group of working miners and a mountain range. This item has the signatures of the Company's President I.H. Kinley and Secretary M.J. Beirn, Jr. and is over 104 years old.
This company owned ten claims on 120 acres about one mile south and west
of the United Verde, on the southern slope of Smelter Hill with the United Verde being on the opposite
slope. Developed by three short tunnels and about 2000 feet of workings. The ore mainly occurred in
schist. By 1911, the ore was reported to show diabase, diorite, slate and schist, carrying stringers of
argentiferous and auriferous azurite, chalcocite and chalcopyrite, “of good assay tenor” although not in commercial quantities. “The former
management talked of building a smelter, which was ridiculous, when no ore had been developed.” The new management was attempting to
raise badly needed funds for the company. In July 1917, the company was reorganized as the Jerome Grande Copper Co. Holabird.
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