VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE AND BEAUTIFULLY STRUCK DORN'S GOLD MINES CIRCULAR DATESTAMP ON COVER. ONLY ONE OTHER IS KNOWN.
Dorn's Gold Mines is located near McCormick in McCormick County, South Carolina. The mine was struck in 1852 by William Dorn, who excavated nearly one million dollars in gold before the vein was exhausted in the late 1850s. Dorn used slaves to excavate the dirt and employed several different types of mills to process the gold. Dorn became a wealthy man, but lost much of his fortune after the Civil War. The mine was later owned by Cyrus Hall McCormick, inventor of the reaper, for whom the town of McCormick is named (source: South Carolina Department of Archives and History, www.nationalregister.sc.gov/mccormick/S10817733009/index.htm). This is one of two known examples of this rare Dorn's Gold Mines town marking. The other bears a pair of 5c London Prints (offered in Siegel Sale 834, lot 1226).
With 1986 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE MOST REMARKABLE ADVERSITY USES WE HAVE ENCOUNTERED. A SPECTACULAR EXHIBITION ITEM.
Ex Grant, Kimmel, Haas and Dr. Green