OBERLAHNSTEIN. Actie von 466,40 Gulden=F1000. black. #1400. No 339. Folds and a little staining at the upper right corner. Text in German and French. A silver, lead and zinc ore mine in Friedrichssegen a.d. Lahn in today's Lahnstein, Rheinland-Pfalz. Mining in the settlement of Ahl (later: Friedrichssegen) probably existed already in Roman times. When a lead ledge was discovered in 1762, a busy mining activity began. In 1852, the mine was sold to the Frenchman Antoine Boudon. In 1856, he turned the business into a joint-stock company, the Blei und Silber-BergwerksFriedrichssegen, of which we here offer a share. In 1858, the mine bought its first steam engine, a second followed in 1862. The mine became increasingly important with 238 employees by 1870. In the record year 1880, an ore volume of 3974 tons was reached, the numbers of employee had risen to 856. The same year, a narrow-gauge railway was inaugurated to bring coal from the mine to the nearby village Heinrich Stollen. Between 1888 and 1900, the production figures collapsed due to poor ore qualityand lack of new findings. The company shut its doors in 1900. Three years later, a German firm, the Bergbau-AG Friedrichssegen, took over the exploitation of the mine until 1913. Only this one piece was recently found by us, and we don't know of anotherexample.
Themes: COALMINES, GOLD & SILVER MINES, MINES (no gold, silver, coal)
Date: 1 May 1876
Startprice: € 400