Gold Rush Auction

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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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Mining History Books by Brown (2)3700 - Mining History Books by Brown (2)
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Two volumes of Mineral Resources of the United States, 1867 and 1868 by J Ross Brown. These are the first two volumes of a series that started with Br
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Mineral Resources West of the Rocky Mountains (3)3701 - Mineral Resources West of the Rocky Mountains (3)
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Three choice volumes of critical mining history information. This group contains the 1872 and 1873 bound volumes by Ross Raymond of Mineral Resources
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Supplying the Mining World3702 - Supplying the Mining World
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The Mining Equipment Manufacturers of San Francisco, 1850-1900. By Bailey. Hardback, 133 pp. Almost every page has beautiful illustrations. 11"...
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Gold Rush Related Books (7)3703 - Gold Rush Related Books (7)
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A Pictorial History of American Mining by Sloane. Ghost Towns of the West by Florin. Gold and Silver in the West by Watkins. The Gold Crusaders, A So
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Gold Rush Related Books (7)3704 - Gold Rush Related Books (7)
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Pay Dirt by Quiett. Mining Camps and Ghost Towns by Love. Mining Frontiers of the Far West by Paul. The Mining Frontier by Lewis. Bonanza Rich by Pete
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Western Ghost Town Books (9)3705 - Western Ghost Town Books (9)
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Oregon Ghost Towns, A Guide to Western Ghost Towns (2). Washington Ghost Towns. Montana_Idaho_Wyoming Ghost Towns. New Mexico, Texas Ghost Towns. Colo
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Gold Rush Related Books (6)3706 - Gold Rush Related Books (6)
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Hard covers. The Gold Rushes by May. The Old West Sourcebook, A Travelers Guide by Lawliss. Ghost Towns of the Old West by Florin. The Settlers West b
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Gold Rush Related Books (9)3707 - Gold Rush Related Books (9)
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Soapy Smith, King of the Frontier Con Men by Robertson. The Black Hills of South Dakota by Driscoll. The Ghost Towns of Wyoming by Pence. Southern Ida
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Mining and Telegraphic Code Book by McNeill3708 - Mining and Telegraphic Code Book by McNeill
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Hardcover 1895. Book of ciphers 805pp. (Al Adams Gold Rush Memorabilia Collection) Date: Location: HWAC# 55775
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US Mining Laws and Regulations Thereunder3709 - US Mining Laws and Regulations Thereunder
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1877. Amended US Mining law published by the US Government. Rare.18pp. front cover tear, rear cover is detaching. (Al Adams Gold Rush Memorabilia Col
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Gold Rush Related Books (6)3710 - Gold Rush Related Books (6)
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Western Mining by Young. The Gold Rushes by Morrell. Founders and Frontiersman by Ferris. Explorers and Settlers by Ferris. Wagons, Mules and Men by E
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Foreigners in Mining Books (4)3711 - Foreigners in Mining Books (4)
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Anatomy of the Amazon Gold Rush by Cleary. Free Gold, The Story of Canadian Mining by Hoffman. Australians and the Gold Rush by Monaghan. Chile, Peru
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Ships to the Gold Rush Book3712 - Ships to the Gold Rush Book
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Hardcover The Panama Route, 1848-1869 by Kemble. 1900 316 pp. (Al Adams Gold Rush Memorabilia Collection) Date: Location: HWAC# 56117
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Two Key Mining References: Browne, 1867, and Raymond, 18703713 - Two Key Mining References: Browne, 1867, and Raymond, 1870
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Mining Statistics West of the Rocky Mountains 1870 by Raymond, his greatest work on Western mining. 805pp Some toning on page tops. Mineral Resources
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Metal and Mining Books (4)3714 - Metal and Mining Books (4)
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Hardcovers. The Cyanide Process, A Practical Hand Book by Park,1906 232pp plus index, spine is detaching. I.C.S. Reference Library.1907. Ore Dressing
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Mining Geology Books (4)3715 - Mining Geology Books (4)
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Harcovers. Cost of Mining by Finlay 415pp 1910. Ore Deposits of the Western States by 1933 first edition 797pp. Mining Geology by McKinstry 1962 680pp
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Mining and Mining History Book Group (19)3716 - Mining and Mining History Book Group (19)
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A group of mining history and mining books, a mix of hard and soft covers. A Handbook og Rocks for use Without the Microscope by Kemp, 1911 with detac
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Choice Small Library on Early Discussions of Mines and Rocks3717 - Choice Small Library on Early Discussions of Mines and Rocks
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This group of six volumes is a classic group introducing the new concept of the science of geology to the public in the 19th century. Most are nonfict
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Economic Geology Run 1972-20143718 - Economic Geology Run 1972-2014
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A fine run of Economic Geology, the most important publication in the education and advancement of the science of ore deposit geology and geochemistry
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Five Books on Mining3719 - Five Books on Mining
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Includes: Field and Mining Geology by Forrester; Surveying by Davis Foote and Rainer; Prospectors Fieldbook and Guide by Osborne, 1907; Manual of Firs
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Gold Rush Library3720 - Gold Rush Library
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A nice group in excellent condition. Includes: Precious Dust by Marks; The Cornish Miner in America by Todd; The Scarlet Woman of Wall Street by Gordo
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Gold Rush Related Books (4)3721 - Gold Rush Related Books (4)
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Soft cover The Gold Seekers by Roberts. Hardcovers-The Claim Jumpers by White, Black Powder and Hand Steel by Young, Gold by White (Al Adams Gold Rus
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Southern US Gold Booklets (7)3722 - Southern US Gold Booklets (7)
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Gold Deposits of Alabama x2, Gold and Tin Deposits of the Southern Appalachians, The Neighborhood Mint by Head, Gold in North Carolina, Metallic Miner
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Western Mining Books (9)3723 - Western Mining Books (9)
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Arizona Lode Gold Mines and Gold Mining by Wilson, History of the Pacific States by Bancroft, Mining Engineers & the American West by Spence, Qu...
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Mining Book and Mining Journals3724 - Mining Book and Mining Journals
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Hardcover Mineheads, highly illustrated. Approx 30 issues of California Mining Journal c. 1993-1994 (Al Adams Gold Rush Memorabilia Collection) Dat
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Library Dealing with Metals3725 - Library Dealing with Metals
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Small library dealing with specific metals. Includes molybdenum, titanium, nickel, tin, etc. About 30 professional papers, a wide range of papers on w
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Unbound Message of President of the US 7/10/1867 (2)3726 - Unbound Message of President of the US 7/10/1867 (2)
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2 unbound copies by Andrew Johnson, Ex. Doc. No. 33. Mining related reports including floating of bonds in Mexico and questionable dealings of Daniel
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Western Mining Hardcovers (5)3727 - Western Mining Hardcovers (5)
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The War of the Copper Kings by Glasscock, S. Dakota School of Mining Bulletin 11-1917, Deep Enough, Oklahoma by Crampton, Guidebook of the Western Uni
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