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)

SHIPPING & HANDLING: Shipping and Handling cannot be estimated prior to invoicing, based on the size and weight of your purchase. All shipping is subject to a minimum charge of $19.00. If additional shipping and handling costs are required, the buyer will be reinvoiced for the balance due. Items are not shipped until the invoice is completely paid. Many buyers purchase a number of lots. Every effort will be made to include all lots in a single shipping charge calculated to cover the weight and...
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Original Bullfrog High Grade Specimens2025 - Original Bullfrog High Grade Specimens
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Thirteen specimens from the Original Bullfrog collected by Jerry Gray. Most show some visible gold, but not in huge quantities. Size varies from appro
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 300.00
Sold to m********y for (110.00 + 27.50) = 137.50
Bullfrog Gold Silver mine2026 - Bullfrog Gold Silver mine
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Choice. Electrum in banded quartz vein w/ quartz after calcite texture. Abundant concentration. 2.5x4.5x0.5". (This specimen was found at the ...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
Sold to m********y for (150.00 + 37.50) = 187.50
Carlin Mine Turquoise2027 - Carlin Mine Turquoise
Holabird Western Americana Collections
These extrordinary specimens are from the Carlin Nevada Turquoise Mine. A deep rich turquoise color veined with black matrix. #9, polished, weighs 20.
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 1,000.00 - 2,000.00
Sold to t****7 for (500.00 + 125.00) = 625.00
Gold and Silver Specimen from Como, Nevada2028 - Gold and Silver Specimen from Como, Nevada
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Boyle Tunnel Mine. Contains hydrothermal gold and silver ore (silver sulfides). 8.86 troy ounces. 5.5 x 7.5 x 5.0 cm. Como was first mined in the 186
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 260.00 - 500.00
Sold to m********y for (130.00 + 32.50) = 162.50
Pine Nut Mtns Gold Specimen2029 - Pine Nut Mtns Gold Specimen
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Pine Nut Mountains, Reed claims. Nevada. High-grade gold in quartz slab. The piece weighs 16 g. The pine Nut range had two major gold areas, the large
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to m********y for (75.00 + 18.75) = 93.75
Crown Point Mine Gold Specimens2030 - Crown Point Mine Gold Specimens
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of 5 silver-gold ore specimens collected from the Crown Point Mine within the Comstock Lode. Samples range from 1 to 3 inches in diameter. Minera
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 1,200.00 - 2,000.00
Sold to m********y for (1,050.00 + 262.50) = 1,312.50
Florence Mine High Grade Specimen2031 - Florence Mine High Grade Specimen
Holabird Western Americana Collections
High-grade gold or from the Florence mine. Two small pieces of exceptional high-grade each about an inch long. Collected by Jerry Gray. Location: Gold
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to m********y for (250.00 + 62.50) = 312.50
Goldfield High Grade Ore Specimens2032 - Goldfield High Grade Ore Specimens
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Two small three-quarter inch square ultra high-grade gold specimens from the famous Mohawk mine, in the gut of the district. This exceptional high-gra
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to m********y for (275.00 + 68.75) = 343.75
Diamondfield Occurrence2033 - Diamondfield Occurrence
Holabird Western Americana Collections
High Grade. Grains & crystals of diaspore-AlO(OH)-in matrix & on fractures; Ransome's Sandstorm Rhyolite & Ashley's Tsf1 -sedime...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 60.00 - 120.00
Sold to m********y for (30.00 + 7.50) = 37.50
Diamondfield Occurrence2034 - Diamondfield Occurrence
Holabird Western Americana Collections
High Grade. Grains & crystals of diaspore-AlO(OH)-in matrix & on fractures; Ransome's Sandstorm Rhyolite & Ashley's Tsf1 -sedime...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 60.00 - 120.00
Sold to m********y for (30.00 + 7.50) = 37.50