Western Americana Signature Sale (May 2021 Auction)

Auction Details

Welcome to our May 2021 Auction, the "Western Americana Signature Sale!"

We were wonderfully astounded to have about 7500 registered bidders in the last sale, which had about $1 million in collectibles of all sorts. We set a new company record with over 715 separate buyers. Now, we have the chance to do it again, with another amazing offering of fresh material from dozens of collections from across America!

This sale has many, many highlights, including:

*Gold nuggets and high grade gold specimens- from two major collections, some of the best high grade gold specimens we’ve had in years from the William Mayrsohn Collection, a long time mining executive.

*Mining artifacts, historical items- we’ve got the whole gamut of material, inclusive of some of the best and rarest of their kinds

*Rare books and references- Fremont to a detailed, multi-volume set of Oxford dictionary

*Custom made copper cannon from Michigan’s Copper Range

*Numismatics- medals, tokens galore from major collections, including Ron Lerch.

*Rare Ingots- Silver c1874 ingot from Bristol, NV; ingots from the Mayrsohn Collection

*Ken Prag Collections:
          --Autograph collection: eleven different Thomas Edison stocks; signers of the Declaration; famous financial figures (JP Morgan, Jay Gould, Rockefeller); Houdini, and more.
           --American Express Collection: a once-in-a-lifetime offering of numerous pieces spanning the history of the company, and including what we believe is the earliest American Express Stock ever offered at auction! 
          --Early American stocks- American turnpikes, plank roads and banks, including a great collection of Robert Morris material
          --Republic of Texas document collections

*Historical breast badges and ribbons

*Historical photographs: Deadwood, Dodge City, Leadville, Eastern Nevada and more

*Fire Dept Bell from Silver City, Nevada

*Gaming collectibles

*Native Americana- wonderful historical material- much from the historic Miles family of Ely- including important historical photos of White River petroglyphs, c1920; the research library of the Ely Cosmological Society c1920, much inscribed by key Pittman. Great selection of turquoise jewelry. The overall variety and quality is astounding, and you won’t want to miss it.

Previews welcome, by appointment. Questions welcome over the phone or via email.

And don't forget, your collection could be here! We want quality collections!

--The Holabird Team

Auction Schedule

Day 1, May 13th, 2021 (Lots 1000-1640)
    Art (1000-1178)
    Stocks & Bonds (1179-1640)
         Autographs (feat. Morris Collection, Edison Collection, Gould Collection, Rockefeller, Houdini, American Express Collection) (1179-1325)
         Non-Mining (Banking, Transportation, Bridges & Turnpikes, & Misc.) (1326-1554)            
         Mining (1555-1640)

Day 2, May 14th, 2021 (Lots 2000-2579)
    Mining (2000-2305)
         Minerals, Ore Specimens, & Fossils (2000-2083)
         Ephemera (2084-2266)
         Artifacts & Equipment (2267-2305)
    Railroadiana & Transportation (2306-2374)
    Philatelic (2375-2579)
         Covers & Postal History (2375-2414)
         Postcards (2415-2528)
         Stamps (2529-2579)

Day 3, May 15th, 2021 (Lots 3000-3602)
    Firearms, Military, & Political (3000-3134)
    Cowboy & Western (3135-3156)
    Jewelry (3157-3221)
    Badges (3222-3258)
    Numismatics (3259-3498)
         Ingots (3259-3272)
         Coins (3273-3396)
         Medals & So-Called Dollars (3397-3481)
         Misc. (3482-2498)
    Tokens (3499-3602)

Day 4, May 16th, 2021 (Lots 4000-4598)
    Native Americana (4000-4088)
    General Americana (4089-4598)

Day 5, May 17th, 2021 (Lots 5000-5630)
    General Foreign (5000-5053)
    Bottles (5054-5146)
    Sports (5147-5181)
    Bargains & Dealer Specials (5182-5630)
         General Americana (5182-5327)
         Philatelic (5328-5353)
         Stocks & Bonds (5354-5411)
         Numismatics (5412-5570)
         Tokens (5571-5630)
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Louis Bottee Engraved 1906 SF Earthquake Medal   [132399]3449 - Louis Bottee Engraved 1906 SF Earthquake Medal [132399]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
1906 France: Louis Bottee engraved medal expressing sympathy for the people of San Francisco following the 1906 earthquake. Obverse: Crowned female fi
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Estimate : 500.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Three French Medals  [132050]3450 - Three French Medals [132050]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of three interesting pieces: 1) 1831 five franc Louis Philippe silver piece made into a two bladed knife. Very well made. 2) 1820 silver commemora
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Start Price : 150.00 | Estimate : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Giants of Russian Literature Silver Medallions  [132039]3451 - Giants of Russian Literature Silver Medallions [132039]
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Elegant wooden boxed set of three silver medallions minted at Leningrad in the USSR in 1975. 40mm (1 1/2") in diameter and contains one troy o...
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Estimate : 150.00 - 300.00
 
 
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Foreign Medal Collection  [135471]3452 - Foreign Medal Collection [135471]
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Lot of five pieces: Costa Rica Mint Co.; Queen Victoria commemoration medal; 1939 Canada salutes the King and Queen's visit; 1918 French token; ...
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Estimate : 60.00 - 100.00
 
 
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$1 Liberty Head Counters in High Grade  [129342]3453 - $1 Liberty Head Counters in High Grade [129342]
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Lot of 13 spiel markes patterned after the $1 U.S. gold piece, all in AU-Unc condition. Date: Country (if not USA): State: City: Provenance:
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Estimate : 300.00 - 600.00
 
 
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$1 Liberty Head Counters Lot of 8  [129344]3454 - $1 Liberty Head Counters Lot of 8 [129344]
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Lot of eight different $1 U.S. Gold size counters. Die varieties noted on flips. Date: Country (if not USA): State: City: Provenance:
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Estimate : 150.00 - 300.00
 
 
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$2.50 Counter Collection Lot of 6  [129335]3455 - $2.50 Counter Collection Lot of 6 [129335]
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Lot of six different spiel markes in the manner of $2.50 U.S. gold pieces. Indian head and Liberty head obverses, various reverses: eagle and city hal
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Estimate : 150.00 - 200.00
 
 
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$5 California Counter Collection  [129352]3456 - $5 California Counter Collection [129352]
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Lot of eight California counters dates 1849, all $5 U.S. gold piece size, with Liberty Head obverse and 49er miner reverse. Date: Country (if not
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Estimate : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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$5 California Counters High Grade  [129356]3457 - $5 California Counters High Grade [129356]
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Lot of four California counters dated 1849 with liberty head obverse and 49er miner reverse. All in AU-Unc condition. Date: Country (if not USA):
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Estimate : 150.00 - 300.00
 
 
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$5 Counter Collection  [126125]3458 - $5 Counter Collection [126125]
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Lot of 22 pieces, with twelve different varieties of counters of the $5 gold piece size. Liberty die varieties: 125 (2); 130 (2); 135 (2); 140 (2); 1
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Estimate : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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$5 Spiel Marke Collection  [129341]3459 - $5 Spiel Marke Collection [129341]
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Lot of eight counters in the size of $5 U.S. gold. Seven Liberty head, one eagle with "5" reverse. Date: Country (if not USA): State...
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$5 U.S. Gold Piece Counter Collection  [126131]3460 - $5 U.S. Gold Piece Counter Collection [126131]
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For museum display: stacks of counters in the fashion of $5 U.S. gold pieces. 53 pieces. It took decades to collect this trove. Date: Country (if
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Estimate : 300.00 - 600.00
 
 
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George Washington $5  Counter Varieties  [126116]3461 - George Washington $5 Counter Varieties [126116]
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Lot of four $5 counters with George Washington obverse and four different reverses: Liberty head; eagle; Capitol; Doll & Co. Date: Country ...
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Estimate : 100.00 - 150.00
 
 
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George Washington $5  Counter Varieties  [126117]3462 - George Washington $5 Counter Varieties [126117]
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Lot of five different $5 counters with George Washington obverses. Die varieties: 110, 120,130, 140 & 150. Date: Country (if not USA): Sta...
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$10 California Counters Lot of 2  [129358]3463 - $10 California Counters Lot of 2 [129358]
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Lot of two $10 U.S. gold piece sized California counters: 1) 1847 Liberty Head obverse; California counter flag reverse. 2) United States of America e
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$10 California Counters Lot of 4  [129353]3464 - $10 California Counters Lot of 4 [129353]
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Lot of four California counters in the style of $10 U.S. gold pieces. Date: Country (if not USA): State: City: Provenance:
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Estimate : 150.00 - 300.00
 
 
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George Washington $10 Counters   [126112]3465 - George Washington $10 Counters [126112]
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Lot of three different counters with George Washington obverses in the size of a U.S. $10 gold piece. One from Bangor Maine, Alfred Jones & Sons...
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New York City Hall $10 Counters  [126114]3466 - New York City Hall $10 Counters [126114]
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Lot of five spiel markes in the $10 U.S. gold piece fashion. AU-Unc condition. Liberty head obverse, city hall reverse die 1105. Date: Country (if
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Estimate : 150.00 - 250.00
 
 
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$20 California Counters Liberty Head 1852 Variety  [129357]3467 - $20 California Counters Liberty Head 1852 Variety [129357]
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Lot of five California counters dated 1852, $20 U.S. gold piece size. Date: Country (if not USA): State: City: Provenance:
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Estimate : 200.00 - 500.00
 
 
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$20 California Counters Three Different Flags  [129355]3468 - $20 California Counters Three Different Flags [129355]
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Lot of three California counters $20 U.S. gold piece size with three different flag reverses; two Liberty head obverses and one eagle obverse. Date:
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Start Price : 100.00 | Estimate : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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$20 Liberty Head Counters  [126108]3469 - $20 Liberty Head Counters [126108]
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Lot of six $20 U.S. gold piece spiel markes. Obverse die varieties: Liberty head 1220 (3); 1330 (2) and one dated 1878 (1250) Reverse die varieties: c
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$20 Liberty Head Counters (Lot of 6)  [129350]3470 - $20 Liberty Head Counters (Lot of 6) [129350]
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Lot of six comp spiel markes in the fashion of $20 U.S. gold pieces. Die varieties noted on the envelopes. Date: Country (if not USA): State:
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Estimate : 150.00 - 300.00
 
 
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$20 Liberty Head Counters in High Grade Condition  [129351]3471 - $20 Liberty Head Counters in High Grade Condition [129351]
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Lot of five $20 U.S. gold piece sized spiel markes, in UNC or AU condition. Date: Country (if not USA): State: City: Provenance:
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Estimate : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Unique $20 Size Counter  [126113]3472 - Unique $20 Size Counter [126113]
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Uncirculated $20 US, gold piece sized comp spiel munze; labeled unique by the consignor; die varieties: Liberty 1220; Eagle 1240. Date: Country (if
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Estimate : 100.00 - 200.00
 
 
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California Counter Assortment  [126120]3473 - California Counter Assortment [126120]
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Lot of seven California counters with Liberty head obverse and miner reverse. Date: Country (if not USA): State: City: Provenance: Benjamin
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Estimate : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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California Counter Collection  [126121]3474 - California Counter Collection [126121]
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Lot of eight different varieties of the 1849 California counters, $5 gold piece size. Die varieties noted on the flips. Date: Country (if not USA)
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Estimate : 200.00 - 500.00
 
 
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California Counter Group  [129347]3475 - California Counter Group [129347]
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Lot of five California counters, $5, $10 & $20 size. Date: Country (if not USA): State: City: Provenance:
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Estimate : 200.00 - 300.00
 
 
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California Model Half Eagle Counter Collection  [126119]3476 - California Model Half Eagle Counter Collection [126119]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of six various California Model Half Eagle counters mentioned in Kagin's book on Pioneer gold. Date: Country (if not USA): State: Ci...
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Estimate : 400.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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California Model Half Eagle Counters  [129354]3477 - California Model Half Eagle Counters [129354]
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Lot of eight examples of the California Model Half Eagle counters, listed in Don Kagin's book as Pioneer Gold Tokens. Date: Country (if not ...
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Estimate : 1,000.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Liberty Vignette Counters, Store Cards and Tokens  [130125]3478 - Liberty Vignette Counters, Store Cards and Tokens [130125]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of 6. Four City Hall, 1010 and 1105. Comp Smarte, 1010, 0145. Comp Smarte, 1010, 1055. Overall the Libertys are very strong! Date: c1850'...
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Miscellaneous  Counter Collection  [126111]3479 - Miscellaneous Counter Collection [126111]
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Lot of seven counters: two $20 U.S. gold piece size; three $10 U.S. gold piece size; one 1853 Crystal Palace obverse, with H.B. West's / Famous ...
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Rare Early Silvered Counters  [126133]3480 - Rare Early Silvered Counters [126133]
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Lot of 13 silvered counters from Europe. 1771 Jeton of the marriage of Grand Duke Ferdinand and Beatrix d'Este of Modena. Spain: Isabel II; thre...
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Estimate : 200.00 - 700.00
 
 
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American 'Tom Thumb' Counters - Five Different Liberty / General Tom Thumb tokens.  [135495]3481 - American 'Tom Thumb' Counters - Five Different Liberty / General Tom Thumb tokens. [135495]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Obverses include 40, 55 and 75. Reverses include 677-1, 677-2, and 6777-2a. American counters were as important c1850-1870 as Hard Times and Civil War
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Estimate : 240.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Bank of Nova Scotia $10 Bank Note  [134029]3482 - Bank of Nova Scotia $10 Bank Note [134029]
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Bank of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Jan. 2nd, 1935. Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited. PMG 25, Very Fine. 2.75 x 5.75" Date: 1935 Country (if ...
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Dunbar's California Bank Notes,  Possibly the ONLY Remaining Uncut Sheet  [135363]3483 - Dunbar's California Bank Notes, Possibly the ONLY Remaining Uncut Sheet [135363]
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VERY EARLY GOLD RUSH! Dunbar established this bank in San Francisco in 1850, where he redeemed at par the gold coins of Baldwin & Co. In 1851....
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Estimate : 700.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Business College Bank Currency  [131198]3484 - Business College Bank Currency [131198]
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Unarguably one of the best looking examples of college currency. Three beautiful vignettes on obverse, "will pay five dollars to bearer in Col...
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Estimate : 200.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Continental Currency  [122993]3485 - Continental Currency [122993]
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Three pieces: 1) For the Payment of Comptroller's Office, May 07th 1791, James Baldwin is entitled fourteen shillings and eight pence...signed R...
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Estimate : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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City of New Orleans Municipality No. One $50  Note  [131222]3486 - City of New Orleans Municipality No. One $50 Note [131222]
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City of New Orleans-Municipality No. One $50 Note Oct. 30, 1837. Unissued. From 1836 to 1852, the City of New Orleans was made up of three municipal
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Estimate : 100.00 - 200.00
 
 
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F. Johnson Dry Goods Advertising Scrip  [101759]3487 - F. Johnson Dry Goods Advertising Scrip [101759]
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Currency size bill serial number 37963 for "3" Obv.: The United States / F. Johnson's / Where you will get more/ Dry Gods, Carpets, M...
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Start Price : 150.00 | Estimate : 300.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Four Pieces of Scrip incl. Ringling Bros.  [135367]3488 - Four Pieces of Scrip incl. Ringling Bros. [135367]
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1) Baraboo Scrip, 50th Anniversary Celebration, 1883-1933, of the Founding of Ringling Bros. Show at Baraboo, Wisconsin. GF 5 cents. 2) Louisiana Stat
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Estimate : 80.00 - 150.00
 
 
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Bank Note Framed Displays  [135588]3489 - Bank Note Framed Displays [135588]
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Two antique framed displays of copies of a dozen postal covers from Sonora, bank receipts and checks from the California Cold Rush. One frame represe
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Estimate : 200.00 - 300.00
 
 
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Rare old San Francisco Coin  Catalog c1890  [130122]3490 - Rare old San Francisco Coin Catalog c1890 [130122]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Showing prices paid by E. F. Gambs Company. 1804 dollar - $500. 1794 half dime $3 in fine condition. Other interesting fun facts include fictitious na
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Estimate : 50.00 - 80.00
 
 
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San Francisco United States Mint Stereo View Collection  [123463]3491 - San Francisco United States Mint Stereo View Collection [123463]
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Lot of ten. Pre and Post earthquake! Eight stereo views; with two duplicates of the Mint and the earthquake. One 4x6" photo. One postcard. Da...
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Estimate : 500.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Wells Fargo & Co. Express Tag for $20 Gold to Carson City Nevada  [131217]3492 - Wells Fargo & Co. Express Tag for $20 Gold to Carson City Nevada [131217]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Extremely rare Wells Fargo & Co. Express tag for $2000 in $20 gold pieces from San Francisco to Carson Nevada. Five inches by two and a hall inc...
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Start Price : 100.00 | Estimate : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Carson City Mint Letter Re: Wells Fargo Shipment of Gold Coins   [131776]3493 - Carson City Mint Letter Re: Wells Fargo Shipment of Gold Coins [131776]
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Unique piece of history. This is a letter from the Carson City Mint secretary L.L. Elwood to R. Keating of The Nevada Bank of Virginia City, confirmin
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Estimate : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Deposit Receipt For $5000 In Gold Coin  [131201]3494 - Deposit Receipt For $5000 In Gold Coin [131201]
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Issued by the Bankers' Association of Buffalo New York, Feb 28, 1898 certifying the deposit of $5,000 in United States Gold Coin. Cancelled Paid...
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Estimate : 100.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Historical Sketch of Continental Paper Money Pamphlet  [132054]3495 - Historical Sketch of Continental Paper Money Pamphlet [132054]
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Rare pamphlet of essays by Samuel Breck: Historical Sketch of Continental Paper Money. Published 1863 at Philadelphia. 33 pages, full page ad for A. C
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Estimate : 100.00 - 200.00
 
 
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Coin Scale with Facsimile Coins for Weights  [131220]3496 - Coin Scale with Facsimile Coins for Weights [131220]
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Beautiful hand balance coin scale in black leather case, 3 x 7 inches. The seven weights are facsimile coins, one weight is missing. Some coin weights
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Estimate : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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French Hand Balancing Scale  [131221]3497 - French Hand Balancing Scale [131221]
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Early hand balancing scale in wooden box with original label with a "tableau" of gold money in French. Box is 7 x 2 inches, missing one la...
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Estimate : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Ornate Gold Strongbox, 19th Century, Vanderman Mfg.  [125330]3498 - Ornate Gold Strongbox, 19th Century, Vanderman Mfg. [125330]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Ornate and classic gold strongbox with brass Champion 6 Lever lock as original to all the Vanderman boxes. 19.5" deep, 15" tall, 27"...
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Estimate : 1,000.00 - 2,500.00
 
 
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