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Last updated September 6, 2021 U.S. Revenue Stamped Stock Certificates and Bonds

Number of items in collection: 89

Stock certificates and bonds frequently make for a wonderful aesthetic extension of revenue stamp collecting, as many are ornately drawn or engraved, and some of the company names and images are very interesting.

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Allegheny Valley Railroad Co. (Cox # ALL-463 S-55)

R43b

Extremely early usage.


Allegheny Valley Railroad Co. (Cox # ALL-463 S-55)

R44c

It makes no sense that a January 1862 transaction would have been taxed. It is obviously not an errant date mistake, as the year is written in 4 different places.


American Coal Co. of Allegheny County (Cox # AME-320 S-30)

R48c

This blue handstamp cancel is found fairly often, but this is the first document I have found that attributes the cancel.


American Express Co.

R23c

Stock certificate from the American Express Co. featuring signatures of Henry Wells and William Fargo.


American Merchants Union Express Co.

R24c

American Merchants Union Express Company stock certificate issued in 1868. Signed by William G. Fargo as president. After cutthroat competition between the Merchants Union Express Company and American Express for a couple of years, the companies merged in 1868 with William Fargo as president. At this point, Henry Wells retired from the company. In 1873, American Merchants Union Express Company was renamed American Express Company.


American Submarine Co.

R45c

Stock certificate from The American Submarine Co.


American Tobacco Co.

R164


Atlantic Mississippi & Ohio Railroad (Cox # ATL-659 S-50)

RNU1

Stock certificate, signed by William Mahone as president, former Confederate general.


Atlantic and Gulf Railroad (Cox # ATL-573a S-45)

R44c

Great strike of shield handstamp cancel on a fairly scarce stock certificate printed on delicate translucent parchment. Cancel is Tolman A-9A.


Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Co. (Cox # BAL-662b S-30b)

R48c

Stock certificate from the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Co.


Boston Hartford & Erie Railroad (Cox # BOS-324 B-35a)

RNT2

Otherwise common railroad bond, but very low serial number (#7) out of approximately 20,000 printed. More importantly, the imprinted revenues were just haphazardly positioned, which was fixed at some point before serial number 128, and then aligned from that point onward. See secondary image for the normal positioning.


Boston and Providence Railroad Corp. (Cox # BOS-649 S-54)

R45c

Stock certificate from the Boston and Providence Railroad Corp.


Boston, Clinton & Fitchburg Railroad Co. (Cox # BOS-108 S-50)

R44c

Stock certificate from the Boston, Clinton & Fitchburg Railroad Co.


Boston, Newport and New York Steamboat Co.

R50c

Stock certificate from the Boston, Newport and New York Steamboat Co.


British-American Gold Mining Co.

R167

Wonderfully ornate script handstamp cancels on this gold mine stock certificate.


Buck Mountain Coal Co. (Cox # BUC-500 S-20)

R44c


Cape Breton Coal Mining Co. (Cox # CAP-125 B-29)

R23c

First mortgage bond from the Cape Breton Coal Mining Co., located on Cape Breton Island, part of Nova Scotia, Canada.


Chester Mining Co.

R44c

Stock certificate from the Chester Mining Co.


Chicago & South Western Railway Co. (Cox # CHI-657c S-44)

RNU1

Stock certificate.


Chicago & South Western Railway Co. (Cox # CHI-657c S-42)

RNU1

Stock certificate.


Chicago & South Western Railway Co. (Cox # CHI-657c S-40)

RNU1

Unissued stock certificate from The Chicago & South Western Railway Co.


Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad Co. (Cox # CHI-086 S-30)

R48c

Stock certificate from the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad Co.


Cincinnati, Lafayette and Chicago Railroad (Cox # CIN-438 B-50)

RNW2

$1,000 mortgage bond from The Cincinnati, Lafayette and Chicago Railroad.


Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati & Indianapolis Railway (Cox # CLE-480 B-40)

RNP5

Attractive and ornate $1,000 bond from The Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati & Indianapolis Railway.


Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati & Indianapolis Railway Co. (Cox # CLE-480 S-40)

R44c

Stock certificate from the Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati & Indianapolis Railway Co.


Columbia Transportation Company

R45a

Beautiful bicolor stock certificate with paddlewheel steamer vignette and hammered embossed seal featuring a locomotive. This is the first document I've obtained from the Washington Territory.


Columbus & Indianapolis Central Railway Co. (Cox # COL-738-S-50)

R44c

Stock certificate from the Columbus & Indianapolis Central Railway Co.


Consumer's Mutual Coal Co. (Cox # CON-508-S-30)

R48c

Stock certificate from the Consumer's Mutual Coal Co.


Dalzell Petroleum Co.

R44c

Very nice stock certificate. I have seen these with the stamp canceled by a normal concentric circle handstamp, but this is the first one I have seen with the earlier oval handstamp.


Dayton & Michigan Railroad Co. (Cox # DAY-395 S-70)

RNU1

Preferred stock certificate.


Delaware Railroad Co. (Cox # DEL-100-S-35)

R46c

Stock certificate from the Delaware Railroad Co.


Dunkirk, Warren & Pittsburgh Railway Co. (Cox # DUN-715-S-45)

R44c

Stock certificate from the Dunkirk, Warren & Pittsburgh Railway Co.


Eliza Mill and Mining Co.

R44c

Stock certificate from the Eliza Mill and Mining Company in San Francisco.


Fitchburg & Worcester Railroad Co. (Cox # FIT-500-B-50)

R24c


Flint and Pere Marquette Railway Co. (Cox # FLI-431-B-41)

RNW2

Three revenue imprints on this large railroad bond from The Flint and Pere Marquette Railway Co. RN-W2 and an imprint of RN-P5 on the front, and an additional imprint of RN-P5 on the back.


Germania Fire Insurance Company

R46a

One of the most beautiful stock certificates ever produced (in my opinion).


Green Mountain Coal Co. (Cox # GRE-400-S-30)

R44c

Stock certificate from the Green Mountain Coal Co.


Hackettstown National Bank

R45c

Stock certificate from the Hackettstown National Bank.


Homestake Mining Co.

R168p

A pair and two singles (one bisected) and an R167p single with various cancels on a stock certificate with great color scheme and American Indian vignette.


Indianapolis, Bloomington and Western Railway Co. (Cox # IND-556 S-52)

RNT4


Isaac's Harbor Gold Co.

R44c

Very scarce printed cancel.


Jefferson Gold and Silver Mining Co.

R50b

Very scarce part perf to find still on original document. Part of next stamp showing at bottom.


Kentucky Bourbon Co.

R44c

Very scarce stock certificate.


Little Miami Railroad Co. (Cox # LIT-283a-S-50)

R41a

Very nice example of multiple transactions on the same document spanning the implementation of the Civil War tax. The original sale of the Little Miami Railroad stock on July 15, 1862 was nontaxable, but the transfer of the stock shown on the back of the stock certificate was taxed. The document also exhibits a combination of both imperforate and perforated revenue stamps as well as a very crisply struck handstamp cancel.


Lost Lake Gold and Silver Mining Co.

R44c

Very unusual mining stock certificate from a company supposedly located in the 'Montania Territory'. The only records I can find of said territory is an 1864 New York Times announcement: 'The Committee [on Territories] are also perfecting a bill for the erection of the Territory of Montania, composed of a portion of Idaho and Utah Territories.' Very interesting item.


Louisville Bridge Co.

R44c

Stock certificate from the Louisville Bridge Co.


Mammoth Vein Coal and Iron Co. (Cox # MAM-500-S-30)

R44c

Stock certificate from The Mammoth Vein Coal and Iron Co.


Mechanics National Bank of Burlington

R44c


Merchants & Manufacturers Bank

RNU1

Stock certificate.


Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway Co. (Cox # MIL-888-O-40)

R44c


Milwaukee and Prairie Du Chien Railway Co. (Cox # MIL-837-S-25b)

R44a

Stock certificate from the Milwaukee and Prairie Du Chien Railway Co.


New Jersey Midland Railway Co. (Cox # NEW-233-S-50)

R112c

Sewing machine perfs are exceptionally rare on document. This stamp appears to have been re-used. The September 30 cancel is tied to the document and matches the date of the document, but there is an earlier handstamp cancel on the stamp NOT tied to the document. I've seen many other examples of this stock certificate, and many of them seem to have this doubly-canceled anomaly.


Newark & Hudson Railroad Co. (Cox # NEW-861 S-50)

RNU1

Capital stock certificate.


Newton Mining Co.

R43c

Stock certificate #12 from the Newton Mining Co.


Odd Fellows Hall Association of Sacramento

R48c


Panama Rail Road Co. (Cox # PAN-275-S-51)

RNT4

Stock certificate from the Panama Rail Road Co.


Panama Rail Road Co. (Cox # PAN-275-S-52a)

RNU1

Stock certificate from the Panama Rail Road Co.


People's Transportation Company

R44c


Peters & Parkinson

R45c

Note brokers.


Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Co. (Cox # PHI_718 S-30)

RNU2

Stock certificate.


Phillips & Jordan Iron Co.

R112

Gorgeous Phillips & Jordan Iron Co. stock certificate, featuring an R112 with socked-on-the nose cancel at right along with a hammered matching embossed seal at left. What really takes this certificate to 11 is the manufacturing vignette at center. It may not be apparent in the scan, but it is printed in reflective metallic bronze, extremely unusual.


Preston Coal and Improvement Co. (Cox # PRE-500-S-30)

R46c

Stock certificate from the Preston Coal and Improvement Co.


Quincy Mining Co. of Michigan

R44b

Stock certificate from the Quincy Mining Company of Michigan, featuring an R44b with nice multiple-line handstamp cancel.


Quincy Mining Co. of Michigan

R47a

R47a and R48c used on a Quincy Mining Co. stock certificate.


Quincy Mining Co. of Michigan

RNU1

Stock certificate.


Railroad Car Trust of Philadelphia (Cox # RAI-162-S-10)

R44c

Stock certificate with an attractive large vignette of a warehouse at a wharf with ship.


Reading Mining and Development Co.

R167

Very ornately engraved stock certificate.


Richmond & Miami Rail Way Co. (Cox # RIC-540-S-05)

R46b

Very unusual and scarce stock certificate that is entirely handwritten.


Rutland Marble Co.

R44c

Stock certificate for the Rutland Marble Co. with two R44c affixed.


Salem Rail Road (Cox # SAL-102-S-40)

R44a

Stock certificate from the Salem Rail Road.


Schuylkill Haven and Lehigh River Railroad Co. (Cox # SCH-692-S-50)

R36a

Very early usage. Stock scrip certificate is dated November 20, 1862, but it appears that tax wasn't paid until January 1, 1863. I'm not sure why it was only taxed at the 10-cent rate, as certificates from incorporated companies should have been taxed at 25 cents.


Sea Coal Bay Mining Company

R37c


South Carolina Railroad Co. (Cox # SOU-098-O-06)

R24c

Very attractive $7.50 Certificate of Indebtedness with an ornately engraved reverse, from The South Carolina Railroad Co.


South Carolina Railroad Co. (Cox # SOU-098-O-07)

R26c

Very attractive $15 Certificate of Indebtedness with an ornately engraved reverse, from The South Carolina Railroad Co.


South Carolina Railroad Co. (Cox # SOU-098-O-10b)

R26c

Very attractive $35 Certificate of Indebtedness with an ornately engraved reverse, from The South Carolina Railroad Co.


South Carolina Railroad Co. (Cox # SOU-098-O-10a)

R26c

Very attractive $17.50 Certificate of Indebtedness with an ornately engraved reverse, from The South Carolina Railroad Co.


South Carolina Railroad Co. (Cox # SOU-098-O-09)

R26c

Very attractive $75 Certificate of Indebtedness with an ornately engraved reverse, from The South Carolina Railroad Co.


South Carolina Railroad Co. (Cox # SOU-098-O-11)

R33c

Very attractive $175 Certificate of Indebtedness with an ornately engraved reverse, from The South Carolina Railroad Co.


South Western Railroad Co. / Central Railroad Bank (Cox # SOU-401-S-45a)

R44c


St. Louis, Alton & Terre Haute Railroad Co. (Cox # STL-098-S-40a)

R48c

Stock certificate.


St. Louis, Vandalia, & Terre Haute Rail Road Co. (Cox # STL-947 S-40 ic)

R44c

Interesting stock certificate, taxed when issued in 1871 and subsequently in 1899 when redeemed/transferred.


Swedesboro Rail Road Co. (Cox # SWE-500-S-50)

R44c

Stock certificate from the Swedesboro Rail Road Co.


Terre Haute & Richmond Railroad Co. (Cox # TER-741-S-56)

R44a

Great SON handstamp on a stock certificate from the Terre Haute & Richmond Railroad.


Terre Haute & Richmond Railroad Co. (Cox # TER-741-S-56)

R44c


Triunfo Gold and Silver Mining Co.

R42b

Wonderful 3-color stock certificate from the Triunfo Gold and Silver Mining Co. in San Francisco, CA.


Union Passenger Railway Company (Cox # UNI-339 B-40)

RNV4

Railroad bond.


United States Stamp Company

R26c

Ex-Steven Belasco. From his exhibit: 'Edgar H. Judkins, a Lowell Mass. stamp dealer, began using the name United States Stamp Company in 1865. E.T. Gage was a clerk in Lowell. In 1866 they sold shares in the United States Stamp Company in what may have been the first syndication of a stamp business. At least 100 shares were sold to several different investors. The 5-cent revenue rate applied to shares in an unincorporated company.'


Warren & Venango Railroad Co. (Cox # WAR-711 S-40)

RNU1

Unissued stock certificate.


Washington Silver Mining Co.

R48c

Stock certificate from the Washington Silver Mining Co.

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