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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Georgia History Books4559 - Georgia History Books
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Dahlonega's Blue Ridge Ranges in the Civil War by O'Kelley, The Neighborhood Mint by Head, The Civil War in Georgia by Lenz, Ghost Trains &a...
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North Georgia (4 Books)4560 - North Georgia (4 Books)
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3 Volumes of "A North Georgia Journal of History" by Olin Jackson; & a hardback book "The Neighborhood Mint", Dahlonega in t...
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Sketches of Georgia by Ralph Mitchell4561 - Sketches of Georgia by Ralph Mitchell
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This binder contains 189 sketches by artist Ralph Mitchell in c1980. Mitchell's subject for this portfolio is the state of Georgia. These pencil...
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Map of Kansas & Nebraska, 1857, Colton4562 - Map of Kansas & Nebraska, 1857, Colton
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Map of Kansas & Nebraska, hand colored by Colton, double truck. This map shows the route to Platte River & Pikes Peak. Slight staining on up...
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Map of Kansas & Nebraska, Colorado & Idaho, 18614563 - Map of Kansas & Nebraska, Colorado & Idaho, 1861
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This map was made at the beginning of Colorado Gold rush and shows Colorado Territory. Engraving & color by Mitchell. Beautiful condition. Vibra...
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Map of Maine, 18884564 - Map of Maine, 1888
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Rand, McNally's Maine, graphics & color by Lithography. Shows mining districts in Maine. Excellent condition, vivid color. On Mat Board (not...
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Convention in Boston Opposed to the Annexation of Texas on Anti-Slavery Objections4565 - Convention in Boston Opposed to the Annexation of Texas on Anti-Slavery Objections
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This is an anti-slavery document! Original 18 page document from Eastburn's Press, Boston. This is the official publication of a convention on ...
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Four Page Letter about the Changes after the Civil War (Slavery)4566 - Four Page Letter about the Changes after the Civil War (Slavery)
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Dated Laurel Brook, April 4, 1866. (This is almost one year to the date of General Robert E Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House.) Things a...
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Sale of a Twelve Year Old Negro Boy (Slave Sale)4567 - Sale of a Twelve Year Old Negro Boy (Slave Sale)
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On February 9, 1845 H Hull sold to John H Newton a boy about twelve year sold for $400.00. (Potter Collection) Date: 1845 Location: HWAC# 5606
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Original Ledger Book from Westfield Massachusets4568 - Original Ledger Book from Westfield Massachusets
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Original ledger book from Westfield Massachusetts, 1873 to 1874, used for the business of A. J. Warren. This book contains hundreds of original bill h
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Lewis Publishing Company Stock Certificate with Unusual Vignettes4569 - Lewis Publishing Company Stock Certificate with Unusual Vignettes
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Number 1885 for 5 shares to Thomas Essex in 1902. Signed by WE Miller and E(dward) G(ardner) Lewis president. Three vignettes. Middle shows the octago
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Articles of Association of the Coulson Land Association4570 - Articles of Association of the Coulson Land Association
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The Colson Land Association was formed to market a large land parcel at or near Billings, Montana. It involved land held by the Northern Pacific Railr
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Large Butte, MT Building Photo4571 - Large Butte, MT Building Photo
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Photo of 2 Butte, MT storefronts with men and children posing. Possibly a liquor or drug store. Photo 9.25" x 7.25". Mat 11" x 10&quo...
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Wickes: Mining Ghost Town American Yeomen Records4572 - Wickes: Mining Ghost Town American Yeomen Records
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Brotherhood of American Yeomen Homestead No. 777 dues book records for some of the people in the silver mining ghost town of Wickes Montana. About 25
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Aurora, Nevada 1865 Receipt4573 - Aurora, Nevada 1865 Receipt
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Dateline Aurora, Dec. 1st, 1865. Addressed to Wm. P. Barrett, “Please pay J. McMillan & Co. all money you may have in your hands belonging to ...
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1867 Deed for the Exchange Stable in Aurora, Nevada w/ 50 cent Nevada Revenue Stamp4574 - 1867 Deed for the Exchange Stable in Aurora, Nevada w/ 50 cent Nevada Revenue Stamp
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Compiled Laws of Nevada, 1873, "Office of District Attorney, Property of Nevada"4575 - Compiled Laws of Nevada, 1873, "Office of District Attorney, Property of Nevada"
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This is a professionally rebound copy of the first volume on Nevada laws. The front cover states "Co. Assessor / Office of District Attorney / ...
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Framed Esmeralda Herald Newspaper4576 - Framed Esmeralda Herald Newspaper
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Volumes 4, Number 8. May 31, 1879. Datelined Aurora, Esmeralda County, Nevada. Framed newspaper approximately 18 x 30". Excellent conditio. Fro...
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Colorful Austin Billhead of Reese River Reveille4577 - Colorful Austin Billhead of Reese River Reveille
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Green, yellow, blue and red on white. Manhattan Mining Company has been crossed out and American Mining Company has been handwritten. Receipt for mone
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Candelaria, Nevada Correspondence4578 - Candelaria, Nevada Correspondence
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Candelaria, Nevada. Correspondence, billheads, time-rolls, etc. of the Carson & Colorado Railroad at Candelaria, NV, 1882-1896. Five items. Th...
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