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Document and Entity Information

Document and Entity Information - shares
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2017
Nov. 08, 2017
Registrant Name Mentor Capital, Inc.  
Registrant CIK 0001599117  
SEC Form 10-Q  
Period End date Sep. 30, 2017  
Fiscal Year End --12-31  
Trading Symbol mntr  
Tax Identification Number (TIN) 770395098  
Number of common stock shares outstanding   22,694,283
Filer Category Smaller Reporting Company  
Current with reporting Yes  
Voluntary filer No  
Well-known Seasoned Issuer No  
Amendment Flag false  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2017  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q3  
Entity Incorporation, State Country Name Delaware  
Entity Address, Address Line One 511 Fourteenth Street, Suite A-2, A-4, A-6  
Entity Address, City or Town Ramona  
Entity Address, State or Province CA  
Entity Address, Postal Zip Code 92065  
City Area Code 760  
Local Phone Number 788-4700