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Hecla execs to ring bell

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho — Current and former chief executives of Hecla Mining Co. will ring the closing bell Tuesday to celebrate 40 years of trading shares on the New York Stock Exchange.

The 113-year-old company first traded publicly on the Curb Exchange, the precursor to the American Stock Exchange, in 1915. Hecla listed on the NYSE in 1964.

It is the oldest publicly traded precious metals mining company in North America.

Hecla president and CEO Phillips S. Baker Jr. will join chairman and former CEO Arthur Brown and former chairman and CEO William Griffith in New York to mark the anniversary.

In addition to the Lucky Friday Mine in northern Idaho, Hecla has silver and gold mines in Alaska, Idaho, Mexico and Venezuela, employing about 1,200 people, with revenue last year of more than $116 million.