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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Very Rare Blue Bodie Bank Revenue Check, 18804340 - Very Rare Blue Bodie Bank Revenue Check, 1880
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Scarcest of the Bodie checks. No. 13355, issued to McNeil Bros. on Dec. 8th, 1880. Signed by W.H. Pope, Cashier. RN-G revenue imprint. Black print on
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to d**********3 for (80.00 + 20.00) x 1 = 100.00
 
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Bodie and Benton Railway Letter4341 - Bodie and Benton Railway Letter
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Bodie & Benton Railway & Commercial Co. Letter from Bodie & Bodie operator E. L. Reese on the letterhead of the B&B addressed to H....
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to 6*****b for (200.00 + 50.00) x 1 = 250.00
 
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Bodie, California Lumber Shipment via Carson & Colorado Railroad, 18904342 - Bodie, California Lumber Shipment via Carson & Colorado Railroad, 1890
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Handwritten account of lumber shipped by D.W. Earl & Co.'s team to Hawthorne to be shipped via the C&C.R.R. (Carson & Colorado Railr...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 300.00
Sold to i*****l for (110.00 + 27.50) x 1 = 137.50
 
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Bodie Park Dedication Invitation, Mining Letter, Postcards, Stock, & More!4343 - Bodie Park Dedication Invitation, Mining Letter, Postcards, Stock, & More!
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of 28. Includes: 1) 1890 letterhead from the SF office of the Mono Gold Mining Company to the Bullion Exchange Bank in Carson City re: assessment.
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Estimates : 120.00 - 200.00
Sold to i*****l for (60.00 + 15.00) x 1 = 75.00
 
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Bodie Banker and Banking Collection4344 - Bodie Banker and Banking Collection
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of seven, 1) Letterhead for EL Benedict, banker. 1889. Signed by Benedict. 2) Letterhead for George W Penter, banker. 1888. Signed by EL Benedict
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Estimates : 150.00 - 300.00
Sold to 6*****b for (140.00 + 35.00) x 1 = 175.00
 
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Bodie Banking Group4345 - Bodie Banking Group
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Ten items. 1) 1886 letter from George Penter to the Bullion & Exchange Bank per John Wagner. 2) B&E letterhead to George Penter in 1889. Sig...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to 6*****b for (90.00 + 22.50) x 1 = 112.50
 
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Nine Bodie Banking Documents4346 - Nine Bodie Banking Documents
Holabird Western Americana Collections
One small George W Penter, Banker letterhead. Please send me by express $600 in gold coin, 20's and $400 in smaller gold coin. Six J. S. Cain ba...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to 6*****b for (90.00 + 22.50) x 1 = 112.50
 
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Bodie Collection: lot of 19 pieces4347 - Bodie Collection: lot of 19 pieces
Holabird Western Americana Collections
1) Bodie cancel from April 15, 1905. Has an additional 2c stamp as the envelope was stamped "Due 2c. See photo for condition issues. 2) George ...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 500.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to 6*****b for (275.00 + 68.75) x 1 = 343.75
 
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Bodie Consolidated Mining Company Assessment, Check, & Postcard4348 - Bodie Consolidated Mining Company Assessment, Check, & Postcard
Holabird Western Americana Collections
1) Formed in 1863, this was the district's first corporation. This receipt from The Bullion & Exchange Bank stating that Assessment No. 6 fo...
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Estimates : 70.00 - 150.00
Sold to i*****l for (40.00 + 10.00) x 1 = 50.00
 
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Framed Bodie Standard Newspaper4349 - Framed Bodie Standard Newspaper
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Bodie standard, volume 1 number 24, July 6, 1878. Framed newspaper. The entire front page tells the story of the great Fourth of July parade in 1878 w
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to t******f for (100.00 + 25.00) x 1 = 125.00
 
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J.S. Cain Archive4350 - J.S. Cain Archive
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Approximately 170 pieces. Find famous names like RK Colcord (Nevada governor), Tasker Oddie (Nevada Governor), Isador Cohn, AC Pratt, Adams & Mi...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 2,000.00
Sold to 6*****b for (700.00 + 175.00) x 1 = 875.00
 
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J.S. Cain Business Letters (Mostly Mining)4351 - J.S. Cain Business Letters (Mostly Mining)
Holabird Western Americana Collections
These are all letters addressed to JS Cain or letters or duplicates of letters from JS Cain (with his signature) to mining and businessmen around the
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Estimates : 250.00 - 500.00
Sold to 6*****b for (125.00 + 31.25) x 1 = 156.25
 
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Small J. S. Cain Collection4352 - Small J. S. Cain Collection
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of five. Includes a letterhead from the Bullion & Exchange Bank to Cain, three small Cain letterheads, and one full page bank statement to C...
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to 6*****b for (100.00 + 25.00) x 1 = 125.00
 
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Bodie, CA Library4353 - Bodie, CA Library
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Six volumes, all excellent condition, all with original dust jacket and protection. Ghost towns and mining camps of California by Remi Nadeau, 1965. B
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to p********n for (475.00 + 118.75) x 1 = 593.75
 
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Bridgeport Ephemera Collection4354 - Bridgeport Ephemera Collection
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of twenty-nine. 1) The premier piece is an 1863 is justice court case. AM Wengate is asking $200 judgement against Daniel Nysmanger(?). To be held
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
Sold to 6*****b for (500.00 + 125.00) x 1 = 625.00
 
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1857 Calaveras County Land Deed4355 - 1857 Calaveras County Land Deed
Holabird Western Americana Collections
For James Gnathouse and his wife Lucinda for property on Coyote Creek at Vallecito, Calaveras County. Purchased from Eli Mull. (Mull was a private in
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to C*****r for (75.00 + 18.75) x 1 = 93.75
 
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Copperopolis One Day Promissory Note, Payable in GOLD4356 - Copperopolis One Day Promissory Note, Payable in GOLD
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Interesting and quite unique promissory note. "One day after date I promise to pay to the order of Horace E Johanson seventy dollars in U. S. c...
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Estimates : 100.00 - 150.00
Sold to S*****8 for (130.00 + 32.50) x 1 = 162.50
 
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Prospectus for Willows Fruit Company, c.18914357 - Prospectus for Willows Fruit Company, c.1891
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Located in Colusa County, California. Each Share Represents One Acre of Land and Ten Shares Represent a Subdivision of a Ten-Acre Home. Office at 415
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (50.00 + 12.50) x 1 = 62.50
 
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River Road Company Tollkeeper Payment to the County4358 - River Road Company Tollkeeper Payment to the County
Holabird Western Americana Collections
JR Keefe, tollkeeper, of the River Road Company is paying El Dorado County $10.00 for one box of mails and candles. Signed by M Stoddard. (Potter Coll
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to B*********g for (50.00 + 12.50) x 1 = 62.50
 
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Three El Dorado Covers with Contents4359 - Three El Dorado Covers with Contents
Holabird Western Americana Collections
1) Manuscript Fair Play. Manuscript killer. Written in purple. Smudged. "Can't pay the rent", "it was the way of big money",...
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Estimates : 60.00 - 90.00
Sold to l*******c for (90.00 + 22.50) x 1 = 112.50
 
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