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To really figure out what the stock is worth, you would have to find all significant corporate events since the date of purchase. This would include spin-offs, re-capitalizations, dividends, etc. Ideally the investor relations department at the company should be able to do this for you, though with a long and colorful history, and a company that is struggling and no longer trading on the major exchanges, the company may not be able to help you out.

Sometimes it's amazing what you can find on the web just with Google.

For example, here is a source for old annual reports for US and Canadian companies, and Helm Resources is mentioned for the time frame 1983-1988:

http://www.lib.uwo.ca/business/crh1.html

You could pull their annual reports for these years to try and figure out what happened to the company after your father bought the stock in 1984-1985.

I also found Helm Resources stock certificates sold by Scripophily, in their "Rare, Autographs, Scandals, Misc" category, implying that there was some corporate drama at some point in the past:

http://www.scripophily.net/helresinc.html

This description mentions Helm Capital Group, which as others mentioned currently trades on the pink sheets as HCGI.PK. Here is their latest quarterly report, which includes a corporate address and phone number:

http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/351685/000095012300010659/y42753e10qsb.txt

Incidentally here is a rather uncomplimentary article about the company dated today:

http://www.observer.com/pages/story.asp?ID=2424

Anyway if you Google around for a while you can come up with all kinds of information...

Randy
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