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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Nevada City and Grass Valley, CA Documents (3)4380 - Nevada City and Grass Valley, CA Documents (3)
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Nevada Daily Gazette Jan. 1 1865 billhead. Centennial Mining Co, Nevada City. June 6, 1886 receipt. Gold Savings Works June 19, 1888 letter. Date: 1
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Rare Nicolaus, CA Steamship Billhead4381 - Rare Nicolaus, CA Steamship Billhead
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Rare Billhead from San Francisco to Nicolaus, Calif. June 3, 1889 to Steamers DE Knight and Knight for 7 Bales bags. Nicolaus is in Sutter County and
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Estimates : 100.00 - 150.00
Sold to b*********r for (30.00 + 6.30) = 36.30
 
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1854 Liquor License for Hanna & framsey of Parks Bar4382 - 1854 Liquor License for Hanna & framsey of Parks Bar
Holabird Western Americana Collections
A party of prospectors led by Dr. John Marsh discovered gold at Parks Bar in 1848, and the site became known as Marsh Diggings. Later in 1848, David P
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to C*****r for (140.00 + 35.00) = 175.00
 
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1864 Legal Complaint for Todd Valley, Placer County Married Couple4383 - 1864 Legal Complaint for Todd Valley, Placer County Married Couple
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Dated Dec. 15, 1864 in the District Court of Boise, Idaho Territory. Complaint is between Mr. and Mrs. L.M. Ball, who were married in Todd Valley, Pla
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Sold to l******7 for (65.00 + 16.25) = 81.25
 
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Placerville (and area) Postal History4384 - Placerville (and area) Postal History
Holabird Western Americana Collections
The premier piece in this lot is the Placerville 1866 legal sized envelope. Dated August 10, 1866 (date is derived from note). Inside was a deed from
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Rich Bar Certificate #8 from the F&AM in 18694385 - Rich Bar Certificate #8 from the F&AM in 1869
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Printed Rich Bar. That has been scratched out and Taylorsville has been hand written. J. T. T. has paid yearly dues to the Sincerity Lodge of the Free
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Sold to 9*****l for (20.00 + 5.00) = 25.00
 
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1868 Citizenship Papers from John Parsons4386 - 1868 Citizenship Papers from John Parsons
Holabird Western Americana Collections
John Parsons was a farmer in Sacramento County in the 1870 census. He was born about 1826 in England. He passed away on 26 September 1911 and is burie
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Chas. H. Holling Billhead with Pictorial of Celestial (Chinese) Tea Merchant4387 - Chas. H. Holling Billhead with Pictorial of Celestial (Chinese) Tea Merchant
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Great Chinese Piece. Holling is charging the Public Administrator $28.32. Presumably for Blanchard & Williams who went bankrupt. Wonderful picto...
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John Bigler 1856 Mortgage for Sacramento Property4388 - John Bigler 1856 Mortgage for Sacramento Property
Holabird Western Americana Collections
John Bigler (1803-1871) was the first elected governor of the State of California (1852-1856). Bigler ran a newspaper in Pennsylvania through 1835, wh
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Map of Pre - Gold Rush California Sutters Fort4389 - Map of Pre - Gold Rush California Sutters Fort
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Map of California Military , 1847 Locations & Staffing by P.S. Duval. This is black & white & shows distances & number of men. There...
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Map of Suisun & Vallejo Bays4390 - Map of Suisun & Vallejo Bays
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Very interesting map of Suisun & Vallejo Bays with the Confluence of the Rivers Sacramento and San Joaquin California. The map has an old town b...
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c.1850 Chart of the Sacramento River4391 - c.1850 Chart of the Sacramento River
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Map of the Sacramento River from Suisun City of the American River by Cadwalader Ringgold, Commander U.S. Navy. This charts the American River all the
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Alta California Telegraph Company 1853 Stock Certificate4392 - Alta California Telegraph Company 1853 Stock Certificate
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Very rare! Pre-Transcontinental Telegraph! Certificate No. 616. Signed by Justin E. Strong, president and H Hawkins, secretary. Not issued to anyone,
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Sold to C*****r for (275.00 + 68.75) = 343.75
 
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Tax bill for the estate of Aramata, 18584393 - Tax bill for the estate of Aramata, 1858
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Bill came to $906. Signed by William Tarleton for Sheriff James W Mitchell. Mitchell did not last a year as the District Attorney was ordered to begin
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1849 San Francisco Property Grant4394 - 1849 San Francisco Property Grant
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a property grant for a real 49er. It was for a piece of land on Post Street between James and Taylor and sold at public auction. Sold to Ard.
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Rare California Territorial Document4395 - Rare California Territorial Document
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is an Extremely Rare, printed “California Territory” document. In the beginning of 1849, after the expiration of the town council governance of S
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1854 View Map of San Francisco and the Bay4396 - 1854 View Map of San Francisco and the Bay
Holabird Western Americana Collections
A highly appealing view map of San Francisco dating to 1854. Published for the "History of the World" by Henry Bill. Taken from the origin...
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1859 Indenture of Sale for Land in San Francisco4397 - 1859 Indenture of Sale for Land in San Francisco
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Between Paul R Dugan and William F Flick. On Howard Street 250 feet from Fourth Street. Has original signed notary public of Sam Hermann with faded re
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Five 1850's San Francisco Billheads (Two Pictorial)4398 - Five 1850's San Francisco Billheads (Two Pictorial)
Holabird Western Americana Collections
1) Rutherford, Harris & Company. 1854(?). Leather and calf skins. For sole leather. 2) SW Moore. 1857. Seeds, garden implements, drugs, etc. 3) ...
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Six James M. Moore 1850's San Francisco Billheads4399 - Six James M. Moore 1850's San Francisco Billheads
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Six pieces in various condition. Moore & Company had a store at 110 California Street between Montgomery and Sansome. They were dealers in field...
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