Gold Rush Auction

Auction Details

Welcome to our Gold Rush sale of 2018!!

The sale features the Al Adams Gold Rush Memorabilia Collection
and a number of other prominent collections.

Mr. Adams has been collecting for over 40 years, and along the way assembled perhaps the best collection in private hands, making this sale a “Once in a Lifetime Event.” His specialty is an area few Americans ever knew about- the Georgia - North Carolina gold rush, c1799-1840’s, literally decades before the California Gold Rush. Just think about some of the great pieces in this collection:

*The first Gold Company stock certificate (1807)

*1830 Letter from Georgia Bank to US Mint asking what to do with the gold coming in

*Gold Lottery Tickets for Georgia land

*Gold Lot Deeds with Medals rarely seen by collectors

*Pigeon Roost Mining Co. scrip collection (1835-1838), possibly the finest assembled

*Belfast Mining Co. scrip collection (1830’s), finest assembled

*Dahlonega, Charlotte, San Francisco, Carson City, Denver, New Orleans, Philadelphia Mint gold bullion receipts

*Gold Rush era private assayer bullion receipts from California, Nevada, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Arizona

*1840’s, 1850’s and 1860’s mining company stock certificates from both the east (Appalachian gold belt) and the West (California, Nevada, Colorado) – the best offering to date.

*Over two dozen different Nevada territorial stock certificates.

These tidbits are part of this unique sale, which makes it the best offering of its kind in history.

The Gold Rush sale is nothing short of phenomenal.

The Gold Rush Setting

Here is the setting under which the gold discoveries in Georgia and North Carolina were made:

…Imagine a world before the civil war, before the gold rush, right after the United States was formed. We had just created our first coinage in the early to mid 1790’s. As a country, we had just 16 states by 1800, which crept up to 24 states by 1821 and remained there for 15 years! Development of the areas south and west of and in the original 13 states was slow. It was called the “western frontier”. The “America” then consisted of Native Americans and expats from western Europe looking for a better life. Most were farmers or merchants. The “scientists” of the western world remained in western Europe. Mankind dint know much about geology- indeed, the first geologic map was printed in Europe in 1799, and it would take another 25-30 years before we had anything similar in America. The science of ore deposits was not well understood, and was only just recently out from under the mystique of Alchemy.

Enter the discovery of a gold nugget in North Carolina in 1799. It took fully 29 years before substantive gold discoveries were made in Georgia and North Carolina. Here is the amazing part- these discoveries were made from good-old American ingenuity. Not one single miner had an education in mining in Europe. As far as is known, not a single man in the Georgia, North Carolina gold rush had been a miner. These men developed the ability to look for gold and mining systems on their own in the American wilderness, a marvelous feat of accomplishment – a true iconic part of American ingenuity at its best.

More on the Auction

To add to this remarkable collection are hundreds of mining artifacts, including many collected from Georgia mines, as well as a fantastic Numismatic library inclusive of many rarities.

*Other collections featured include the collection of Robert Bennett, a well known mining geologist who spent a good part of his career working the Goldfield district. During his 45-plus year career, he collected high grade ore specimens from many major mines he was lucky enough to work on, and these are dutifully included in this sale, as are gold and fabulous turquoise specimens from longtime collector Jerry Gray of Carson City.

*Our friend Vern Potter, a national ephemera dealer known to all, retired from the business and gave us his massive collection, some of which is here, including gold rush era exchanges, important maps, and special documents you haven’t seen in decades (more in coming sales!). Added to this are pieces from the Ken Prag Collection, which keeps on coming with great rarities!

*Gold rush era coins, such as a complete Hart gold token set, -all graded and holdered; a number of Carson City coins; a fabulous 999 fine golden egg custom made for an Arizona collector in 1982; gold rush era soda bottles in hues of cobalt blue, teal, green from San Francisco, Sacramento and Savannah; Nevada mining camp bottles; Pawnee Bill full color posters – an integral part of Western history all supplement an otherwise terrific sale; and choice western mining photographs.

*Rare books with a mining theme are also present, from several collections, including the Robert Fulton collection (former head of Univ. Nevada, reno in the 1920’s). A key piece from one of the collections is an inscribed Sutro Tunnel book to Melville Atwood from the “Father of Arizona” Charles D. Poston.

*The mining stock certificate collections offered here are among the best ever offered by us. They include four major collections. including the Laguna Collection of rare Arizona stocks, part of a major Bodie collection, antique firearms, and rare Tahoe gaming chips.

*Western revenue checks with a focus on the Comstock Lode

Auction Schedule

Day One (Lots 1000-1755)
Numismatics (1000-1577)
U.S. Mint (1000-1068)
Coins & Coins Collectibles (1069-1208)
Ingots (1209-1215)
Currency, Scrip, & Currency Collectibles (1216-1357)
Checks & Exchanges (1358-1424)
Tokens (1425-1489)
Medals (1490-1553)
Scales (1554-1581)

Wells Fargo & Other Express (1582-1693)
Adams & Co. (1582-1606)
Wells Fargo (1607-1676)
Other Express (1677-1693)

World’s Fair & Expositions (1694-1707)

Gaming (1708-1728)

Jewelry & Watches (1729-1755)


Day Two (Lots 1756-1770) & (Lots 2000-2731)
Gold Nuggets & Specimens (1756-1770)
Minerals (2000-2149)
Mining Part I (2150-2731)
Assay (2150-2278)
Explosives (2279-2291)
Mining Lighting (2292-2298)
Mining Artifacts & Tools (2299-2231)
Mining Art (2232-2354)
Geographic (Alabama-California) (2355-2731)

Day Three (Lots 3000-3727)
Mining Part II
Geographic (Colorado-Foreign) (3000-3691)
Books (3692-3727)

Day Four (Lots 4000-4717)
Bottles (4000-4094)
Railroadiana (4095-4222)
Passes (4095-4176)
Ephemera (4177-4222)
Civil War (4223-4259)
Pawnee Bill Broadsides (4260 & 4261)
Firearms & Weaponry (4262-4315)
General Americana feat. California & Georgia Gold Rush Ephemera
Geographic Sort (4316-4637)
Miscellaneous incl. Art, General Store, Maps, & Books (4638-4717)





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California Mine Gold & Silver Specimens – The Big Bonanza2085 - California Mine Gold & Silver Specimens – The Big Bonanza
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of 4 mineral specimens from the California Mine, Comstock Lode. Samples range from less than 1 to 2 ½ inches and consist of bonanza grade o...
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,200.00
Sold to m********y for (600.00 + 150.00) = 750.00
 
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Chollar and Chollar-Potosi Mines - Gold & Silver Specimens2086 - Chollar and Chollar-Potosi Mines - Gold & Silver Specimens
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of 4 samples of silver-gold Comstock ore ranging in size from two to over 3 inches in dimension. Two are from the Chollar mine and two are from th
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Estimates : 900.00 - 1,400.00
Sold to m********y for (800.00 + 200.00) = 1,000.00
 
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Hale & Norcross Mine Gold & Silver Specimens2087 - Hale & Norcross Mine Gold & Silver Specimens
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of two samples of silver-gold ore from the Hale & Norcross Mines on the Comstock Lode. One sample is 3 cubic inches wide labeled Bonanza ore...
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,200.00
Sold to m********y for (800.00 + 200.00) = 1,000.00
 
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High Grade Ophir Ore2088 - High Grade Ophir Ore
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Ophir mine. Beautiful high-grade pyrite with gold silver slab of mineralized breccia with quartz cut in the shape of Nevada by collector Jerry Gray. T
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Start Price : 350.00 | Estimates : 700.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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High Grade Silver Ore from the Ophir Mine #12089 - High Grade Silver Ore from the Ophir Mine #1
Holabird Western Americana Collections
One can not miss the silver in these six specimens. The largest measures 1.5 x 1.25 x 1.5". Five high grade silver specimens from the Ophir Min...
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to b*****s for (140.00 + 35.00) = 175.00
 
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High Grade Silver Ore from the Ophir Mine #22090 - High Grade Silver Ore from the Ophir Mine #2
Holabird Western Americana Collections
One can not miss the silver in these six specimens. The largest measures 3 x 1.5 x 1.5". Six high grade silver specimens from the Ophir Mine on...
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Estimates : 150.00 - 250.00
Sold to b*****s for (130.00 + 32.50) = 162.50
 
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Ophir Mine High Grade Silver and Gold Specimens2091 - Ophir Mine High Grade Silver and Gold Specimens
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Six high grade silver specimens from the Ophir Mine on the Comstock. Native gold from Virginia City in quartz bracia visible. These were collected pre
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to W****l for (120.00 + 30.00) = 150.00
 
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Ophir Mine High Grade Silver and Gold Specimens2092 - Ophir Mine High Grade Silver and Gold Specimens
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Six high grade silver specimens from the Ophir Mine on the Comstock. Native gold from Virginia City in quartz bracia visible. These were collected pre
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to W****l for (100.00 + 25.00) = 125.00
 
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Ophir Mine High Grade2093 - Ophir Mine High Grade
Holabird Western Americana Collections
The Ophir Mine, Comstock Virginia City. 1 inch cube, unquestionably exceptional high-grade gold and silver from the Ophir from the Jerry Gray collect
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Estimates : 500.00 - 800.00
Sold to m********y for (750.00 + 187.50) = 937.50
 
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Five Lots of Zig Zag Turquoise2094 - Five Lots of Zig Zag Turquoise
Holabird Western Americana Collections
These are very unusual turquoise specimens from the Zig Zag mine, which was known primarily for tungsten. Most of these specimens are nodues and are a
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Start Price : 300.00 | Estimates : 600.00 - 1,200.00
 
 
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Native Silver From Winnemucca2095 - Native Silver From Winnemucca
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Large slab of native silver in quartz with oxide silver minerals as well. 4" x 2.5".. 92 g. Exceptional high-grade. Collected by Jerry Gra...
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Estimates : 240.00 - 400.00
Sold to m********y for (250.00 + 62.50) = 312.50
 
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Sleeper Mine Gold2096 - Sleeper Mine Gold
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Sleeper mine near Winnemucca. Four specimens from the famous open pit gold mine called the Sleeper. This mine has produced some of the most spectacula
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to r***z for (160.00 + 40.00) = 200.00
 
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Capital Group-Hercules Canyon area2097 - Capital Group-Hercules Canyon area
Holabird Western Americana Collections
High Grade Silver. Sample of banded manganifeous calcite vein with minor quartz veining. 3x2.5x2.5". (This specimen was found at the mine by a ...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to m********y for (475.00 + 118.75) = 593.75
 
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Marie Group-Upper Red Top Gulch2098 - Marie Group-Upper Red Top Gulch
Holabird Western Americana Collections
High Grade. Box work present. Quartz-adularia crystals on fracture surface, host rock is the Tuft of Eleven Mile Canyon. 9x6x4.5". (This specim...
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Estimates : 150.00 - 300.00
Sold to p******1 for (75.00 + 18.75) = 93.75
 
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Pine Nut Range Gold2099 - Pine Nut Range Gold
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Two specimens of high-grade gold from the Pine Nut mountains, probably near Como. Both contain visible gold, 8 g total, the largest is a slab about 1
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Start Price : 150.00 | Estimates : 300.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Verde Black Web Turquoise2100 - Verde Black Web Turquoise
Holabird Western Americana Collections
These are lower grade scraps of turquoise, a pale green turquoise color. #43 weighs 74g. #44 weighs 65g. "The Verde Blue Turquoise Mine is a ne...
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Start Price : 200.00 | Estimates : 400.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Verde Spiderweb Variquoise2101 - Verde Spiderweb Variquoise
Holabird Western Americana Collections
These polished specimens are spiderweb matrix and aabsolutely beautiful! Pale green in the blck spiderweb. #8-1 weighs 3.8g. #8-2 weighs 19.8g. From t
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Start Price : 750.00 | Estimates : 1,500.00 - 3,000.00
 
 
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Green Variscite2102 - Green Variscite
Holabird Western Americana Collections
These gorgeous specimens are polished slabs in beautiful pale green with black matrix. #4, 20.6g. Variscite is an opaque gemstone with interesting co
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Estimates : 500.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to m*********s for (250.00 + 62.50) = 312.50
 
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High Grade Variscite2103 - High Grade Variscite
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Variscite nodules, a couple secimens polished are a pale green color. #1 weighs 28g. #3 specimens weigh 12.9g. Variscite is usually an opaque minty gr
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Estimates : 500.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (250.00 + 62.50) = 312.50
 
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Two Lots of Variscite2104 - Two Lots of Variscite
Holabird Western Americana Collections
These lots include examples of Utah and Nevada Variscite. #26 is form Mina Nevada and weighs 8.6g, polished. #30 is from Utah and weighs 32.9g, slight
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (50.00 + 12.50) = 62.50
 
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Variety of Variscite Specimens2105 - Variety of Variscite Specimens
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Group of nodules, #2 light green weighs 45g. #5 brighter green with brown matrix, polished slices weigh 16.6g. #6 polished deeper green, brown spiderw
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Start Price : 200.00 | Estimates : 400.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Fairfield Variscite2106 - Fairfield Variscite
Holabird Western Americana Collections
20 pieces of Fairfield variscite. #31 weighs 158g. Beautiful deep mint green stones. Some of the variscite is coated with yellow and black phosphates;
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Start Price : 200.00 | Estimates : 400.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Gold Hill Mine2107 - Gold Hill Mine
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Oxidized copper, lead, arsenic, zinc ore with green botriodal conichalcite or scorodite. 4x5x3.5". Field Identification. (This specimen was fou...
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Close In Alunite Mine and Mineral Products Mine Specimens2108 - Close In Alunite Mine and Mineral Products Mine Specimens
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Probably Landside blocks containg banded potassium alunite-KAl3(SO4)2(OH)6-vein material very similar to that found on Alunite Ridge. 4.5x8.5"....
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Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Deer Trail Gold-Silver-Base Metal Mine2109 - Deer Trail Gold-Silver-Base Metal Mine
Holabird Western Americana Collections
High Grade. Massive Pb-Zn-Ag-Au-Cu carbonate replacement ore hosted in the Permian Toroweap Formation-205 Stope. 8x4x4". (This specimen was fo...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (100.00 + 25.00) = 125.00
 
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Deer Trail Gold-Silver-Base Metal Mine2110 - Deer Trail Gold-Silver-Base Metal Mine
Holabird Western Americana Collections
High Grade. Massive Pb-Zn-Ag-Au-Cu carbonate replacement ore hosted in the Permian Toroweap Formation-205 Stope. 4x5x5". (This specimen was fou...
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Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Deer Trail Gold-Silver-Base Metal Mine2111 - Deer Trail Gold-Silver-Base Metal Mine
Holabird Western Americana Collections
High Grade. Massive Zn-Pb-Ag-Au-Cu carbonate replacement ore hosted in the Permian Toroweap Formation-205 Stope. 5x7x3". (This specimen was fou...
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Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Deer Trail Gold-Silver-Base Metal Mine2112 - Deer Trail Gold-Silver-Base Metal Mine
Holabird Western Americana Collections
High Grade. Massive Pb-Zn-Ag-Au-Cu carbonate replacement ore hosted in the Permian Toroweap Formation-205 Stope. 4x5x5". (This specimen was fou...
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Estimates : 150.00 - 300.00
Sold to j*****0 for (75.00 + 18.75) = 93.75
 
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Deer Trail Gold-Silver-Base Metal Mine2113 - Deer Trail Gold-Silver-Base Metal Mine
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Late-stage silicified and quartz-veined breccia with replacement Pb-Zn-Ag-Au-Cu ore breccia fragments. 5x6x4". (This specimen was found at the ...
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Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Deer Trail Gold-Silver-Base Metal Mine (Two Specimens)2114 - Deer Trail Gold-Silver-Base Metal Mine (Two Specimens)
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Massive Zn-Pb-Ag-Au-Cu carbonate replacement ore hosted in the Permian Toroweap Formation-205 Stope. 5x3x3". 4x3x2". (This specimen was fo...
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Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Mineral Products Mine2115 - Mineral Products Mine
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Coarse banded salmon-colored crystalline, potassium alunite-KAl3(SO4)2(OH)6-from veins ranging from 10 to 65 ft. wide on Alunite Ridge. 4x6x6"....
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Start Price : 75.00 | Estimates : 150.00 - 300.00
 
 
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Comet Gold-Silver Mine2116 - Comet Gold-Silver Mine
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Really High Grade. Visible Gold. Precious Metal Concenmtration. Crystalline rhodocrosite with quartz-pyrite ± gold-silver-base metal banded vei...
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Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Comet Gold-Silver Mine2117 - Comet Gold-Silver Mine
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High Grade. Visible Gold. Precious Metal Concenmtration. Crystalline rhodocrosite with quartz-pyrite } gold-silver-base metal banded veins. 4x4.5x3...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to m********y for (130.00 + 32.50) = 162.50
 
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Comet Gold-Silver Mine2118 - Comet Gold-Silver Mine
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High Grade. Visible Gold. Precious Metal Concenmtration. Crystalline rhodocrosite with quartz-pyrite ± gold-silver-base metal banded veins. 7x5...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to m********y for (100.00 + 25.00) = 125.00
 
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Crystallized Gold in Quartz from Venezuela2119 - Crystallized Gold in Quartz from Venezuela
Holabird Western Americana Collections
A superb example of crystallized gold in quartz from Venezuela. The area around Santa Elena de Uairen is currently a hotbed of gold exploration. The c
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Start Price : 1,250.00 | Estimates : 2,500.00 - 3,750.00
 
 
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Octahedral Gold Crystal from Venezuela2120 - Octahedral Gold Crystal from Venezuela
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Choice, single, flattened, water-worn octahedral gold crystal personally collected by Bryan K. Lees, President - Collector' Edge Minerals and ow...
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Estimates : 3,500.00 - 5,250.00
Sold to 8***1 for (2,350.00 + 517.00) = 2,867.00
 
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Wire Gold in Quartz from Venezuela2121 - Wire Gold in Quartz from Venezuela
Holabird Western Americana Collections
A fantastic specimen of wire gold in quartz recovered during the last decade from near surface, gold-bearing quartz veins during the last decade near
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Start Price : 2,500.00 | Estimates : 5,000.00 - 7,500.00
 
 
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La Escondida Copper Mine2122 - La Escondida Copper Mine
Holabird Western Americana Collections
High-grade chalcocite ore (Cu2S). Absolutely minerals found on top of a copper deposit. Exactly what geologists are trained to look for. 3x3.5x2&qu...
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to 8***1 for (95.00 + 20.90) = 115.90
 
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La Escondida Copper Mine2123 - La Escondida Copper Mine
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Crystalline antlerite vein - Cu3(SO4)(OH)4. 5x3x1.5". Field Guide: Pablo Marcet. (This specimen was found at the mine by a professional geologi...
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (75.00 + 18.75) = 93.75
 
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El Indio Copper-Gold Mine2124 - El Indio Copper-Gold Mine
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Choice. Enargite copper-ore with minor quartz & pyrite, Viento vein, 4050 level. 4.5x2.5x2.5". This is the El-Indio copper-gold district. E...
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Start Price : 75.00 | Estimates : 150.00 - 300.00
 
 
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El Indio Copper-Gold Mine2125 - El Indio Copper-Gold Mine
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Fabulous. Enargite copper-ore with minor quartz & pyrite, Viento vein, 4050 level. 5x3x5". This is the El-Indio copper-gold district. Epith...
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Estimates : 150.00 - 300.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (75.00 + 18.75) = 93.75
 
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El Indio Copper-Gold Mine2126 - El Indio Copper-Gold Mine
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Enargite copper-ore (Cu3AsS4) with minor pyrite, Viento vein, 4050 level. 4 x 6.5x2.5". This is the El-Indio copper-gold district. Epithermal o...
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Estimates : 150.00 - 300.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (60.00 + 15.00) = 75.00
 
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Pasqua Deposit-(early stage exploration)2127 - Pasqua Deposit-(early stage exploration)
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Nevada Project - Pasqua Au-Ag-Cu deposit-Silicified fine-grained tuff- 4,900m level near hole collar RDH-23. 4x2x2". (top of ridge at 5166m). F...
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Start Price : 25.00 | Estimates : 50.00 - 100.00
 
 
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Tambo Gold Mine2128 - Tambo Gold Mine
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Crystalline alunite with quartz on fracture, Tilito Formation dacitic volcanic host rock. 4x3x2.5". This is the El-Indio copper-gold district. ...
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Start Price : 75.00 | Estimates : 150.00 - 300.00
 
 
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Choqueiimpe Gold-Silver Mine2129 - Choqueiimpe Gold-Silver Mine
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Base metal ore sample with locally complex mineralogy, note galena in vugs & fractures. 4x2.5x2". (This specimen was found at the mine by a...
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Start Price : 75.00 | Estimates : 150.00 - 300.00
 
 
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Choqueiimpe Gold-Silver Mine2130 - Choqueiimpe Gold-Silver Mine
Holabird Western Americana Collections
From Main Choque Ore Body. Stage II breccia with fragments of early vuggy silica and Stage I breccia. 5x3x.5". (This specimen was found at the ...
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Start Price : 35.00 | Estimates : 70.00 - 100.00
 
 
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Collahuasi Copper Mine2131 - Collahuasi Copper Mine
Holabird Western Americana Collections
High level quartz-copper-gold veins - Sample with green chenevixite - an oxide of Cu, Fe, As: Cu2Fe3+2(As,O4)2. 3.5x2.5x2.5". Field Guide: Jim ...
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Estimates : 150.00 - 300.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (75.00 + 18.75) = 93.75
 
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La Coipa Silver-Gold Mine2132 - La Coipa Silver-Gold Mine
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Sample of acid leached vuggy silica ore which makes up the core of the deposit. 4x4x3". Field Guide: staff. (This specimen was found at the mi...
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Estimates : 50.00 - 100.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (25.00 + 6.25) = 31.25
 
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Gold Nugget from Russia2133 - Gold Nugget from Russia
Holabird Western Americana Collections
An extremely attractive stream-worn gold nugget with minor quartz association. This nugget had previously been part of the world-famous gold collectio
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Start Price : 1,750.00 | Estimates : 3,500.00 - 5,250.00
 
 
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Twinned Crystal of Native Gold from Russia2134 - Twinned Crystal of Native Gold from Russia
Holabird Western Americana Collections
A large, spectacular, water-worn, spinel-law twinned crystal of native gold. This specimen was formerly part of the world-famous F. John Barlow Collec
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Start Price : 3,750.00 | Estimates : 7,500.00 - 11,250.00
 
 
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Gold Nugget Set with 1 carat Diamond2135 - Gold Nugget Set with 1 carat Diamond
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Gold nugget necklace--24 small nuggets (1.11 ozt) and one large nugget (1.91 ozt) set with a 1 carat round cut diamond on a gold chain necklace. 22&...
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Start Price : 3,250.00 | Estimates : 6,500.00 - 8,500.00
 
 
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Apophylite Specimen Collection2136 - Apophylite Specimen Collection
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Eighteen specimens, all about four inches square from numerous locales. Several are particularly nice, some containing other minor minerals. Crystal
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Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Choice Fossil Fish Assemblage2137 - Choice Fossil Fish Assemblage
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Four separate fossil fish from the famous Eocene Green River shales. This group is among the finest you'll ever see from the "split-fish&qu...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
Sold to b*********r for (350.00 + 73.50) = 423.50
 
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Papers on Minerals from Borate Districts2138 - Papers on Minerals from Borate Districts
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Seven imprints of specific papers on mineral species from the borate districts in the Inyo County region. These range generally in the 1920's an...
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Estimates : 60.00 - 100.00
Sold to i*****l for (20.00 + 5.00) = 25.00
 
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Geological Survey of Georgia Bulletins 17, 20, 23, 332139 - Geological Survey of Georgia Bulletins 17, 20, 23, 33
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4 Geological Survey of Georgia hardcovers. Bulletin 17, Fossil Iron Ores of Georgia, by McCallie 1908, 199pp. No. 20, Mineral Springs of Georgia by Mc
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Georgia Gold Rush, Minerals and Geology Book Collection2140 - Georgia Gold Rush, Minerals and Geology Book Collection
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Aprrox 16 hard and soft covers about Georgia Gold Rush, minerals, geology and more. Highlights include The Georgia Gold Rush-several different, Gold F
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20 Technical Papers on Minerals2141 - 20 Technical Papers on Minerals
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About 20 technical papers regarding specific mineral species, and all foreign to the USA. Date range 1860-1960, approximately. A must for the advanced
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Dana's Textbook of Mineralogy by Dana (2)2142 - Dana's Textbook of Mineralogy by Dana (2)
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A most important work on minerals and consulted by geologists during the Gold Rush. Dana's Textbook of Mineralogy by Dana, 1950 printing, hardco...
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Excellent Reference Library for the Mineral and Rock Aficionado2143 - Excellent Reference Library for the Mineral and Rock Aficionado
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1) The Mineralogical Record, one of the finest volumes ever published on minerals and mineral hunting. 28 issues or volumes, circa late 1970s to early
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Mineral and Gold Rush Books (3)2144 - Mineral and Gold Rush Books (3)
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THE MINERAL INDUSTRY, ITS STATISTICS, TECHNOLOGY AND TRADE FOR 1895, ANNUAL VOL. IV. by Rothwell, hardcover 849pp with index and advertising, front co
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Papers Dealing with the Study of Minerals2145 - Papers Dealing with the Study of Minerals
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More than 100 preprints and separate papers dealing with the study of minerals. This is an advanced library of mineralogical study. Some of the imprin
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Papers on Cobalt2146 - Papers on Cobalt
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Six professional papers on cobalt, a cobalt reference library. Includes Bureau of Mines from both the US and Canada, USGS and Bureau Mines reports of
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Precious Stone Mineralogy2147 - Precious Stone Mineralogy
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Approximately 20 papers on precious stone mineralogy, includes imprints, reprints and other papers. Date: Location: HWAC# 53376
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Technical Papers on Copper2148 - Technical Papers on Copper
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Technical papers on copper deposits and copper minerals, perfect for an advanced copper research library. Generally dated 1940's and 50's. ...
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Mineral Named Mining Stocks (3)2149 - Mineral Named Mining Stocks (3)
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1) Crystal Mountain Mining and Drainage #753 i/u to Douglas Killis 1897, 2550 shares, signed by president Milton, incorporated in CO 2) Little Cut Dia
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Cerro Colorado, Arizona Letter from E.B. Gage to Tucson Assayer2150 - Cerro Colorado, Arizona Letter from E.B. Gage to Tucson Assayer
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c1875-1880, Written by E.B. Gage, a mine financier in Cerro Colorado, to Witherell, an assayer in Tucson, A.T. Regarding the checks Gage was writing a
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Enterprise Mining and Milling Company Assay Documents2151 - Enterprise Mining and Milling Company Assay Documents
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Four legal sized documents showing shipments, ores on hand, value of equipment, assay results from January 1, 1883 to January of 1884. Melrose good re
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James J. Ott Gold Dust Assay Receipt, 1860s2152 - James J. Ott Gold Dust Assay Receipt, 1860s
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Unused pictorial receipt for the Nevada Assay Office located at 30 Main St. in Nevada City, California. James J. Ott as assayer. 186_. Printed by Brit
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Yellow Aster Mine Assay Reports (4)2153 - Yellow Aster Mine Assay Reports (4)
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4 assay reports, 1918 has a torn left side. (Potter Collection) Date: 1902-1918 Location: Randsburg, California HWAC# 571538
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Yellow Aster Mining & Milling Co. Assayer's Report, 19182154 - Yellow Aster Mining & Milling Co. Assayer's Report, 1918
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Sheet noting 14 assay deposits for the first week of April 1918. Samples range from .01 to 26.08 ounces of gold/ton and come from locations such as ...
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Blake & Co. Assay Office Memorandum, 1864 (Famous for Ingots)2155 - Blake & Co. Assay Office Memorandum, 1864 (Famous for Ingots)
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Very rare pictorial assay piece. Assay Office of Blake & Co., 52 J Street in Sacramento, G. Blake and W.R. Waters. Deposit by D.O. Mills & C...
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Rhodes & Co. Express & Banking Office Check Signed by FW Blake (ingots)2156 - Rhodes & Co. Express & Banking Office Check Signed by FW Blake (ingots)
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Rare! This pictorial check for $2936.50 was made out to the Exchange Account for the Bank’s office in Shasta, California, signed by F. W. Blake as age
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Vandercook Co. Assay Results for Mossback Mine (Arizona)2157 - Vandercook Co. Assay Results for Mossback Mine (Arizona)
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Two copies of the April 25, 1935 assay results for ore from the Mossback Mine (Mohave County, Arizona). Signed by C. Tilton as assayer and chemist. 8.
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G.W. Bell Assay Memorandum for Savage Mine, Virginia City, Nevada, 18632158 - G.W. Bell Assay Memorandum for Savage Mine, Virginia City, Nevada, 1863
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Assay Office of G.W. Bell, No. 512 California St., San Francisco. Memorandum of Silver & Gold Bullion Deposited by the Savage Mining Company (Vi...
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G.W. Bell Assay Office, Savage Mine, Booths Mill, 18642159 - G.W. Bell Assay Office, Savage Mine, Booths Mill, 1864
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Deposit for the Savage Mining Company in Virginia City, Nevada from Booths Mill. Dateline March 8, 1864 when Nevada was still a territory! Three bars,
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G.W. Bell Assay Office, Savage Mine, Dalls Mill, Franktown, 18642160 - G.W. Bell Assay Office, Savage Mine, Dalls Mill, Franktown, 1864
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Nevada territorial deposit of Silver Bars (bullion crossed out) deposited for the Savage Mining Company in Virginia City, Nevada from J.H. Dalls on Ma
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G.W. Bell Assay Memorandum for Savage Mine, Virginia City, Nevada, 18642161 - G.W. Bell Assay Memorandum for Savage Mine, Virginia City, Nevada, 1864
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Different style assay memorandum for GW Bell. This form has Savage Mining Company preprinted. Deposit from the Franklin Mill on Feb. 15th, 1864 (Nevad
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John Taylor and Co. Assayer Ephemera2162 - John Taylor and Co. Assayer Ephemera
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2 billheads(1 pictorial) for assayer materials. Pictorial letterhead signed by John Taylor, some typing is smudged. (Potter Collection) Date: 1891-
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1878 Silver & Gold Tables, John Taylor & Co. Assayers2163 - 1878 Silver & Gold Tables, John Taylor & Co. Assayers
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Very rare. Fourth Edition. Silver and Gold Tables, Prepared for John Taylor & Co., Importers and Dealers in Assayers' Materials, Chemists an...
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Gold Ingot Mold by John Taylor and Company of San Francisco2164 - Gold Ingot Mold by John Taylor and Company of San Francisco
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Gold mold by John Taylor and Company of San Francisco, embossed J. T. & Co. 107 ounce silver mold as shown in the embossed writing. No mine name...
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Very Rare California Assay Office Ore Memorandum, 1871, Possibly for Comstock Silver2165 - Very Rare California Assay Office Ore Memorandum, 1871, Possibly for Comstock Silver
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This is the rare form for this San Francisco assay office. California Assay Office, No. 512 California Street, J.A. Mars, Assayer (R.H. Lawrence cross
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Henry G Hanks pre-Assay Letterhead from Sacramento2166 - Henry G Hanks pre-Assay Letterhead from Sacramento
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This letterhead is dated February 25, 1863 from Sacramento. It is for Hanks & Crawley. This was a "House, SIgn & Ornamental Painters&q...
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Abbot A. Hanks Assayer Pictorial Billhead, 19252167 - Abbot A. Hanks Assayer Pictorial Billhead, 1925
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Abbot A. Hanks, Inc., Assayers, Chemists, Engineers, 624 Sacramento St. in San Francisco. Bill dated Nov. 10, 1925 for assays tests run for Lyod C. Wh
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Thomas Price Assay Office Gold Bullion Memorandum, 18782168 - Thomas Price Assay Office Gold Bullion Memorandum, 1878
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Rare. Memorandum of Gold Bullion deposited at Thomas Price's Assay Office and Chemical Laboratory located at 524 Sacramento St., San Francisco, ...
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Thomas Price Assay Office Memorandum, 1879, Pima County Bank Gold Dust2169 - Thomas Price Assay Office Memorandum, 1879, Pima County Bank Gold Dust
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Memorandum of Gold Bullion deposited at Thomas Price's Assay Office and Chemical Laboratory, 524 Sacramento Street, San Francisco. Dated Feb. 25...
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Thomas Price & Son Assay Memorandum, 1899, for Calaveras County Gold2170 - Thomas Price & Son Assay Memorandum, 1899, for Calaveras County Gold
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Gold Bullion deposit by the San Domingo Gold Mining Company on Aug. 26, 1899. One bar, 106.85 oz., .893 fineness valued at $1,958.78. The San Domingo
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Two Different Thomas Price Assay Memorandums2171 - Two Different Thomas Price Assay Memorandums
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1) Memorandum of Gold Bullion deposited by Jno. Dupont on Jan. 17, 1879. 29.40 ounces of gold amalgam, .594 fineness, melted into one bar weighing 24.
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Hentsch & Berton's Assay Office Gold Memorandum, 1868, S.S. Central America Assayer2172 - Hentsch & Berton's Assay Office Gold Memorandum, 1868, S.S. Central America Assayer
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Premier assay piece. Extremely rare with only one or two others known. From the John J Ford Collection. No. 2526 for gold bullion deposited by Messrs.
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Hentsch & Berton Check (SS Central America Ingots)2173 - Hentsch & Berton Check (SS Central America Ingots)
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Hentsch & Berton were the successors in 1863 to Henry Hentsch's banking and assay business in San Francisco. Hentsch was born in Geneva in a...
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Hentsch & Berton Revenue Imprinted Check (SS Central America Ingots)2174 - Hentsch & Berton Revenue Imprinted Check (SS Central America Ingots)
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Different check for this San Francisco bank and assay firm with ties to the SS Central America. Also 1869, though this is a San Francisco dateline. RN
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E. Justh Assay Office Memorandum for Gold Deposit by WC Ralston, 18602175 - E. Justh Assay Office Memorandum for Gold Deposit by WC Ralston, 1860
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E. Justh was one of the San Francisco assayers/bankers (with Hunter) who minted gold ingots that were aboard the SS Central America when it sank. This
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S. Molitor & Co. Gold Assay for Wells Fargo, Folsom/Morman Bar Area, 18602176 - S. Molitor & Co. Gold Assay for Wells Fargo, Folsom/Morman Bar Area, 1860
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No. 2268 for deposit on May 22, 1860 by C.T.H. Palmer of the Wells Fargo Office in Folsom, California. Very high grade (.925 fineness) gold bar weighi
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S. Molitor & Co. Gold Assay for Wells Fargo, Folsom/Morman Bar Area, 18632177 - S. Molitor & Co. Gold Assay for Wells Fargo, Folsom/Morman Bar Area, 1863
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Different color font than previous style form. A gold bullion deposit made by Palmer of the Folsom Wells Fargo Office on March 13th, 1863. Deposit was
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S. Molitor & Co. Assay Office Collection incl. Montana Territorial2178 - S. Molitor & Co. Assay Office Collection incl. Montana Territorial
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Four different style assay memorandums from S. Molitor & Co., issued 1860, 1861, 1863, and 1869. Three are deposits at the San Francisco office ...
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Kellogg & Humbert Assay Office, Gold Bullion, 1858, Non-Pictorial Form2179 - Kellogg & Humbert Assay Office, Gold Bullion, 1858, Non-Pictorial Form
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This is a rare non-pictorial version of the assay form for this S.S. Central America-related firm. Usually these forms have a vignette of the building
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Kellogg & Humbert Assay Office Gold Bullion Memorandum, 1859 (SS Central America)2180 - Kellogg & Humbert Assay Office Gold Bullion Memorandum, 1859 (SS Central America)
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Just 2 years prior to this assay receipt, more than 300 Kellogg & Humbert gold ingots sank in the S.S. Central America wreck off the coast of Vi...
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Second Kellogg & Humbert Assay Office Gold Bullion Memorandum, 1859 (SS Central America)2181 - Second Kellogg & Humbert Assay Office Gold Bullion Memorandum, 1859 (SS Central America)
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Just 2 years prior to this assay receipt, more than 300 Kellogg & Humbert gold ingots sank in the S.S. Central America wreck off the coast of Vi...
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Kellogg & Humbert Assay Office, Gold Bullion Memorandum, 1861, DO Mills2182 - Kellogg & Humbert Assay Office, Gold Bullion Memorandum, 1861, DO Mills
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A 72.35 ounce bullion deposit by D.O. Mills & Co. per Hardy & Kennedy (Forest Hill). 69.06 ounces after melting, .881 fineness gold. Signed ...
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Kellogg, Hewston & Co. Assay Office Gold Memorandum, 18612183 - Kellogg, Hewston & Co. Assay Office Gold Memorandum, 1861
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This gold bullion assay memorandum is post-dissolution of the Kellogg & Humbert partnership. Kellogg has now partnered with John Hewston Jr. and...
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San Francisco Assaying & Refining Works Memorandum, 18692184 - San Francisco Assaying & Refining Works Memorandum, 1869
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Kellogg has now left the assay office and Hewston has partnered with Louis A. Garnett. This bullion memorandum is dated Sept. 16, 1869 and shows a dep
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