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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Truckee River Pollution Incident, 19084579 - Truckee River Pollution Incident, 1908
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Long letter adressing pollution at Floriston caused by the lumber mill there that killed fish, caused serious environmental damage, and was the subjec
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Goldfield Brewing Company Stock Certificate, Number 34580 - Goldfield Brewing Company Stock Certificate, Number 3
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Extremely rare! Goldfield was known for mining. But with miners came gambling, women, and alcohol. This stock certificate is to the later. It is numbe
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Mason Player Piano with 300 Music Rolls (Honky-Tonk Bar/Saloon)4581 - Mason Player Piano with 300 Music Rolls (Honky-Tonk Bar/Saloon)
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Mason Player Piano, beautifully refinished with light color finish. Comes with a stool and 300 music rolls!! The Mason upright was a standard player p
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Original Hanging Dinner Bell Found in Pine Grove, Nevada4582 - Original Hanging Dinner Bell Found in Pine Grove, Nevada
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Made from drill steel in the old-style, this classic Western mining camp dinner bell is the quintessential Nevada mining artifact. 18 inch triangle. L
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Reno, Nevada Billhead Collection4583 - Reno, Nevada Billhead Collection
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Lot of 28. Includes: 1899 letterhead for S. Jacobs Gent's Furnishing Goods with message to Tuscarora regarding property taxes; 1898 for C. Novac...
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Ayer Ranch Ephemera4584 - Ayer Ranch Ephemera
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A group of antiques from the Jerome Ayer ranch in Reno, which was located on Alameda, now North Wells. This group of antiques appears to date from the
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Reno City Directory, 19154585 - Reno City Directory, 1915
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Nevada Directory Publishing Company. Directory of Reno and Sparks. With a Business Directory of Carson, Gardnerville, Minden, Virginia City and Fall
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Washoe County Directory, 19324586 - Washoe County Directory, 1932
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Skaggs, Owen M. Washoe County A to Z Directory and Guide Book, 1932-1932. Reno, Nevada: A to Z Directory Publishers, 1932. 88 pp. 8vo. Softbound.
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Virginia City & Gold Hill, Nevada Firefighting Ephemera (Comstock)4587 - Virginia City & Gold Hill, Nevada Firefighting Ephemera (Comstock)
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Lot of 3. 1) Fantastic group of 4 documents glued together that detail the transport of 2 box hose cart from Reno to the Yellow Jacket Engine Co. in G
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Large Correspondence Collection of Jack Greenbaugh4588 - Large Correspondence Collection of Jack Greenbaugh
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Much of this centers around his years as the manager of the Joseph Fredericks Comstock Garage, Joseph Fredericks Paint and Hardware Store, his associa
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Reprint of Virginia City, Nevada Panorama by GT Brown, 18614589 - Reprint of Virginia City, Nevada Panorama by GT Brown, 1861
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Circa 1990 reprint in black-and-white. About 18 x 24", this classic Birdseye view, the original of which was about 3.5 x 5', has about 30 o...
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Territorial Enterprise Insurance Policy4590 - Territorial Enterprise Insurance Policy
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Territorial Enterprise, Virginia City, NV. Hartford $1,000 fire insurance policy, Dec 14, 1896, on the office furniture, type cases, stands, imprinti
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Two Interesting Comstock Letters incl. a Letter of Introduction for a Mexican Delegation Mine Visit4591 - Two Interesting Comstock Letters incl. a Letter of Introduction for a Mexican Delegation Mine Visit
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Map of Humboldt River Valley to the Mud Lakes, 18554592 - Map of Humboldt River Valley to the Mud Lakes, 1855
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Map of Public Surveys in Nevada Territory, 18624593 - Map of Public Surveys in Nevada Territory, 1862
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Pre-1909 Nevada Map4594 - Pre-1909 Nevada Map
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Antique Buttons from Nevada Mining Camps4595 - Antique Buttons from Nevada Mining Camps
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This lot consists of several antique buttons discovered at various Nevada mining sites. Buttons are made from various materials and are in a variety o
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Eleven Ribbons and Papers Relating to Senator Key Pittman4596 - Eleven Ribbons and Papers Relating to Senator Key Pittman
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1857 New York Port Warden's Receipts4597 - 1857 New York Port Warden's Receipts
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Steamer Oregon Lettersheet Cover4598 - Steamer Oregon Lettersheet Cover
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