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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Wabash, Chester & Western Railroad Co. Pass, 18874120 - Wabash, Chester & Western Railroad Co. Pass, 1887
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Pass No. 447, issued for 1887 to Chas. D Haines, president of the Seneca Falls & Cayuga Lake Railroad. Signed by vice-president Cole. Black prin...
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Start Price : 50.00 | Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
 
 
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Louisville, New Albany  & Chicago Railway Pass, 18734121 - Louisville, New Albany & Chicago Railway Pass, 1873
Holabird Western Americana Collections
No. 1807, issued to T.J. Charlesworth, superintendent of Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway Co. Signed by general superintendent M Sloat. Ye...
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Estimates : 60.00 - 150.00
Sold to i*****l for (40.00 + 10.00) x 1 = 50.00
 
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Louisville, New Albany  & Chicago Railway Pass, 18774122 - Louisville, New Albany & Chicago Railway Pass, 1877
Holabird Western Americana Collections
No. 896, issued for 1877 to C.M. Higginson, passenger agent for C.B.& Q. RR. Signed by superintendent Jno. Day. Dark gray print on lighter gray ...
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Estimates : 60.00 - 150.00
Sold to i*****l for (30.00 + 7.50) x 1 = 37.50
 
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Chicago, Dubuque & Minnesota and Chicago, Clinton & Dubuque Rail Roads Pass, 18764123 - Chicago, Dubuque & Minnesota and Chicago, Clinton & Dubuque Rail Roads Pass, 1876
Holabird Western Americana Collections
No. 352, issued to NH Hotchkiss (Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad) for 1876. Signed by the receiver & general superintendent (Carvil?). Printed on...
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Estimates : 60.00 - 120.00
Sold to j*********t for (50.00 + 12.50) x 1 = 62.50
 
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Louisville, Cincinnati & Lexington Railroad Pass, 1876, Pictorial4124 - Louisville, Cincinnati & Lexington Railroad Pass, 1876, Pictorial
Holabird Western Americana Collections
No. 427, issued for 1876 to N.H. Hotchkiss, freight solicitor of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad. Signed by Geo. Macloud as general superintenden...
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to 6******n for (160.00 + 40.00) x 1 = 200.00
 
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Five New Orleans Great Northern Railroad Company Passes, 1924-19264125 - Five New Orleans Great Northern Railroad Company Passes, 1924-1926
Holabird Western Americana Collections
All are issued to W.R. Scott, president of Southern Pacific Lines. One for New Orleans & Northeastern, 1926. Four for New Orleans Great Northern...
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Estimates : 50.00 - 100.00
Sold to j*********t for (25.00 + 6.25) x 1 = 31.25
 
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New Orleans, Mobile & Texas Railroad Pass, 18734126 - New Orleans, Mobile & Texas Railroad Pass, 1873
Holabird Western Americana Collections
No. 1010, issued for 1873 to N.H. Hotchkiss, traveling agent for Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad. Signed by general superintendent JH Scranton. Some...
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to y********t for (30.00 + 7.50) x 1 = 37.50
 
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Six Louisiana Railroad Passes4127 - Six Louisiana Railroad Passes
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Two different lines. All issued to W.R. Scott, president of Souther Pacific Lines (Louisiana and Texas). 1) Three passes for the Louisiana Railway &...
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Estimates : 60.00 - 120.00
Sold to j*********t for (50.00 + 12.50) x 1 = 62.50
 
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Three Ann Arbor Railroad Company Passes (1920-1926)4128 - Three Ann Arbor Railroad Company Passes (1920-1926)
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Three different. Issued for 1920 to C.D. Trueman (supt. of stations & transfers of Pennsylvania System); 1924 and 1926 to W.R. Scott, president ...
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Estimates : 40.00 - 80.00
Sold to j*********t for (20.00 + 5.00) x 1 = 25.00
 
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Chicago & Michigan Lake Shore Railroad Clergyman's Pass, 18724129 - Chicago & Michigan Lake Shore Railroad Clergyman's Pass, 1872
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Clergyman's Half-Fare Ticket issued to James Draper for one-half regular fare for 1872. Printed and live signature of AH Morrison, general manag...
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Estimates : 60.00 - 100.00
Sold to i*****l for (150.00 + 37.50) x 1 = 187.50
 
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Michigan Central Railroad Passes incl. 18594130 - Michigan Central Railroad Passes incl. 1859
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of five passes. Best is an 1859 pass issued to Hon. B.F. Graves. Signed by General Supt. Rice. The other 4 passes are 1918 to W.R. Scott, vp and g
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Estimates : 60.00 - 100.00
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Michigan Southern & Northern Indiana Railroad Pass Collection4131 - Michigan Southern & Northern Indiana Railroad Pass Collection
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of 6 passes. Five are issued for 1868 and one is issued for 1869. Five different styles! Two of them have a map on the reverse! All list Charles H
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Estimates : 150.00 - 300.00
Sold to i*****l for (150.00 + 37.50) x 1 = 187.50
 
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Pere Marquette Railway Company Passes (5)4132 - Pere Marquette Railway Company Passes (5)
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of five different years. Issued 1918, 1920, 1924, 1925, and 1926. Four are issued to W.R. Scott, president of the Southern Pacific Lines (none sig
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Estimates : 50.00 - 100.00
Sold to j*********t for (25.00 + 6.25) x 1 = 31.25
 
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Five Wabash Railway Company Passes4133 - Five Wabash Railway Company Passes
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of 5 passes. Included: 1918 to W.R .Scott, VP of Souther Pacific Co.; 1920 to C.D. Trueman, supt. stations & transfers for Pennsylvania Syst...
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Start Price : 25.00 | Estimates : 50.00 - 100.00
 
 
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Vicksburg and Meridian Railroad Company Pass, 18734134 - Vicksburg and Meridian Railroad Company Pass, 1873
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Pass No. 938, issued for 1873 to N.H. Hotchkiss of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad. Signed by E.F. Raworth as general superintendent. Some soilin...
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to j*********t for (60.00 + 15.00) x 1 = 75.00
 
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Vicksburg and Meridian Railroad Company Pass, 18744135 - Vicksburg and Meridian Railroad Company Pass, 1874
Holabird Western Americana Collections
No. 562, issued for 1874 to N.H. Hotchkiss, traveling agent for the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad. Signed by E.F. Raworth, general superintendent. ...
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to y********t for (55.00 + 13.75) x 1 = 68.75
 
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Vicksburg and Meridian Railroad Company Pass, 18764136 - Vicksburg and Meridian Railroad Company Pass, 1876
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Pass No. 431 issued for 1876 to N.H. Hotchkiss, freight solicitor for C&O. RR. Signed by E.F. Raworth, general superintendent. Stains on front. ...
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to y********t for (30.00 + 7.50) x 1 = 37.50
 
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Two Mississippi Railroad Passes4137 - Two Mississippi Railroad Passes
Holabird Western Americana Collections
1) Mississippi & Tennessee Railroad. Number 533 in 1887 to Charles D Haines, President of the Seneca Falls & Cayuga Lake RR. Excellent condi...
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to j*********t for (75.00 + 18.75) x 1 = 93.75
 
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St. Louis & Iron Mountain Railroad Pass, 18744138 - St. Louis & Iron Mountain Railroad Pass, 1874
Holabird Western Americana Collections
No. 937, issued for 1874 to J.B. Gallaway esq., purchasing agent for the Memphis & Charleston Railway. Signed by the general superintendent, T. ...
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to j*********t for (50.00 + 12.50) x 1 = 62.50
 
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Three Nevada Northern Railway Company Passes4139 - Three Nevada Northern Railway Company Passes
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of 3 different years. All are issued to W.R. Scott (or his wife), president of Southern Pacific Lines. Included: 1919, 1925, and 1926. Signed by t
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Estimates : 100.00 - 300.00
Sold to j*********t for (50.00 + 12.50) x 1 = 62.50
 
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