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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Jose L. Sepulveda Spanish Note4440 - Jose L. Sepulveda Spanish Note
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Jose Loreto Sepulveda was the mayor of Los Angeles from 1837 to 1848. He was the Grantee of the Rancho de los Palos Verde. Note is dated July 10, 186
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Letter signed by Jose L. Sepulveda (In Spanish)4441 - Letter signed by Jose L. Sepulveda (In Spanish)
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Jose Loreto Sepulveda was the mayor of Los Angeles from 1837 to 1848. He was the Grantee of the Rancho de los Palos Verde. Note is dated June 14, 186
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Dramatic Abel Stearns Signed Note in Spanish4442 - Dramatic Abel Stearns Signed Note in Spanish
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Very historical piece of paper signed by Abel Stearns. In Spanish makes this even more interesting! Abel Stearns (1798 – 1871) was a trader who came t
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1876 Patent for Santa Cruz Saw Mill4443 - 1876 Patent for Santa Cruz Saw Mill
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No. 147. Office of the U.S. Assistant Treasurer. Dateline San Francisco, Sept. 27, 1876. James S. Howe of Santa Cruz has deposited $15 on account of P
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Scott Valley Land Purchase for ranch where the Etna Brewery was Started4444 - Scott Valley Land Purchase for ranch where the Etna Brewery was Started
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Stereoview of Sierra City4445 - Stereoview of Sierra City
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#159 Sierra City, Cal. View from above town. Staining on right side of mat does not encroach on view & faint foxing on stereoview. Date: L...
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Smith's Flat Toll Road Manuscript Receipt4446 - Smith's Flat Toll Road Manuscript Receipt
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Received from WN Harvey $200 on account collected on the Smith's Flat Toll Road. Signed by JL Perkins for GW Swan. March 1, 1864. Harvey must ha...
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Smith's Flat Toll Road Taxes (1866) near Placerville4447 - Smith's Flat Toll Road Taxes (1866) near Placerville
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This is for the "Two and one half miles of Toll Road beginning at the Toll House on Smiths flat and running E. to the Five Mile House. Also 2 m...
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IOOF Stockton 1850's Paperwork4448 - IOOF Stockton 1850's Paperwork
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Lot of eight. Four receipts (William Olison, LJ Kellen, JY Brown, Charles O Borton) for weekly dues. One 1853 certificate for Richard Fowler that he h
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Swans Toll Road in Strawberry Valley4449 - Swans Toll Road in Strawberry Valley
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El Dorado County tax receipt for Swans Toll Road in Strawberry Valley. The road was appraised at $44,065.00 and the tax was $4189.75. It ran east from
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Schooner Pictorial Billhead in 1868 from Suisun to San Francisco4450 - Schooner Pictorial Billhead in 1868 from Suisun to San Francisco
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Lewis Pierce Pictorial 1868 billhead. The schooner W. E. Anderson is carrying wheat from the central valley (Suisun) to San Francisco. Peter Anderson
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Fabulous Topaz Archive: Rickey Cattle Company Letters and Letterheads4451 - Fabulous Topaz Archive: Rickey Cattle Company Letters and Letterheads
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Stereoview  American Views – Truckee City, Pacific Railroad4452 - Stereoview American Views – Truckee City, Pacific Railroad
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Historic Wilmington Billhead from Banning & Company4453 - Historic Wilmington Billhead from Banning & Company
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Import Document from JE Rene of San Francisco for Barrigues Vin rouge Wine4454 - Import Document from JE Rene of San Francisco for Barrigues Vin rouge Wine
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Wine Country Tax Record4455 - Wine Country Tax Record
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Yosemite Region Prints (5)4456 - Yosemite Region Prints (5)
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5 Dewing Publishing Co. Photogravures, 1) The Yosemite Falls by CD Robinson .5" left tear 2) Among the Big Trees of California by Henry Ihlefe...
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1854 Youngs Hill Liquor License for GW Barns.4457 - 1854 Youngs Hill Liquor License for GW Barns.
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1854 Yuba County Peddlers License4458 - 1854 Yuba County Peddlers License
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Gold Seekers Protection Knife4459 - Gold Seekers Protection Knife
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