The Miners’ Union Unravels a 100-Year-Old Mystery of Shindig Mining Preferred Shares
We think a little brevity is needed in light of the recent crypto-recession. The Miners’ Union will often receive emails asking if we want to buy concrete in bulk, or whether we can help consult on copper mines in South America. We’re usually willing to help as much as our expertise will allow, conceding that while we are in fact cryptocurrency miners, we’re still your friendly neighborhood miners. Today we want to share a story about mining preferred shares in Shindig Mining, Limited that we were able to successfully uncover which proved quite interesting.
Virginia S had written to us asking us if we could help her in identifying and valuing some rather old preferred shares in a mining company. With our finger poised over the spam button, we looked at the chaos ensuing in the crypto markets and decided that maybe investigating would cheer us up.
We assumed this was the trappings of an email marketing scam, that Virginia was some sort of Nigerian Prince, or soldier from Afghanistan asking a random private citizen for help repatriating funds plundered overseas (we really do get those emails periodically having been found in an “airport directory from using their free wifi”). Though upon closer inspection, the true story of these shares presented themselves.
So what are Shindig Mining Preferred Shares?
So keep in mind that we are inn fact cryptocurrency miners with no… let’s say, ore extraction experience. The following is our conclusion based on our research.
At first glance, it looks like one preferred share to a company called “Shindig Mining, Limited”. If you look more closely, you can see that the certificate entitles the holder to, “one excellent evening of exploration”. It appears to be a rather cleverly designed invitation to an event hosted by the sophomore class of the University of Minnesota School of Mines way back in 1927. Perhaps it was a school project, having recently had lectures on how to fund and operate mining operations, students fired up the printing press to make mock preferred shares as a project. I presume the President of the student body – W.J. – was the one who promised his peers “one grand evening of diversion” at the Minnesota Union. It was probably a crazy night to remember if someone held onto this invitation this long. There were over 300 people invited, according to the numbering scheme in the bottom corner of the shares.
Tl;dr – We don’t believe it has any inherent value, but definitely has sentimental value to anyone involved in the event, or the U Minnesota School of Mines as a historical keepsake (the School was eventually folded into the departments of chemical engineering and materials science in 1970).
We established head cannon that it was a really wild night and perhaps something interesting happened which is why these notes are actually still floating around. Maybe something like a marriage proposal, a child conceived, or a secret society formed. We’ll continue to dig.
Virginia was nice enough to donate some of her limited supply of preferred shares to us, having confirmed her grandfather was in fact a student of the UM School of Mines and that our sleuthing added up. You can find them hanging at our headquarters in South Florida to honor all the miners out there, whatever the resource they’re searching for.
-The Miners’ Union
 That’s right. A mining pun.