Western Railroad Passes, Montana, Western Americana and Gold

Auction Details

Our Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2016 auction is a simultaneous live and internet event with 1,800 lots split over three days. Here is a general breakdown of the 3 days, all of which feature different collecting categories:

DAY ONE (Sept. 30th)

*The Ken Prag Western Pass Collection: Nearly 1,000 railroad, stagecoach, steamship and express passes incl. important autographs such as Jay Gould, Otto Mears, and Leland Stanford.

*Western Bottles: Following up on the great 49er Bottle Show in Sacramento, we have more rare, pristine, unusual, and special bottles in this auction.

DAY TWO (Oct. 1st)

*Western U.S. Placer Gold & Ingot Collection: From small nuggets to 1.8 troy ounce nuggets to gold specimens weighing over 7 troy ounces. Also, a William Sharon Presentation Dinner Ingot!

*Montana Tokens, Postal History, Ephemera, Books & Gaming Chips: A fabulous selection featuring more great items from the Svoboda Collection and others.

DAY THREE (Oct. 2nd)

*Our General Americana section featuring a wide variety of Western treasures: scales, a strong box, badges, ribbons, jewelry, watches, and a large collection of important and rare books (Nevada and California History, 1st Editions, Military, Native Americana, Biographies, Presidential, etc.).
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Alaska Pure Gold found in Porcupine Creek2001 - Alaska Pure Gold found in Porcupine Creek
Holabird Western Americana Collections
A Bering Sea find. 0.15 troy ounces. 0.6x1.9x0.9cm. Bearing Sea. Gold from the Bearing Sea is all from Nome. The Bearing Sea television show has broug
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Estimates : 250.00 - 350.00
Sold to P*****2 for (250.00 + 52.50) = 302.50
 
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Alaskan Gold Nugget - Bering Sea2002 - Alaskan Gold Nugget - Bering Sea
Holabird Western Americana Collections
0.57 troy ounces. 0.8x2.5x1.4cm. Porcupine Creek City: Bering Sea State: Alaska, Date: Inventory# 40263
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 900.00 - 1,300.00
Sold to b*****a for (950.00 + 199.50) = 1,149.50
 
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Alaskan Gold Nugget with small amounts of quartz showing2003 - Alaskan Gold Nugget with small amounts of quartz showing
Holabird Western Americana Collections
0.96 troy ounces. 1.5x3.8x1.8cm. Porcupine Creek City: Bering Sea State: Alaska, Date: Inventory# 40268
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 1,600.00 - 200.00
Sold to n*******g for (1,800.00 + 432.00) = 2,232.00
 
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Gold Nugget from Porcupine Creek in the Bering Sea2004 - Gold Nugget from Porcupine Creek in the Bering Sea
Holabird Western Americana Collections
0.89 troy ounces. 1.0x2.6x2.0cm. Striking! City: Bering Sea State: Alaska, Date: Inventory# 40077
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,100.00
Sold to o******x for (2,000.00 + 360.00) = 2,360.00
 
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Large Bering Sea, Alaska Gold Nugget2005 - Large Bering Sea, Alaska Gold Nugget
Holabird Western Americana Collections
1.37 troy ounces. 0.8x3.6x2.8cm. City: Bering Sea State: Alaska, Date: Inventory# 40257
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 2,200.00 - 4,000.00
Sold to F*****6 for (4,250.00 + 892.50) = 5,142.50
 
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Small Porcupine Creek Gold Nugget2006 - Small Porcupine Creek Gold Nugget
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Found in the Bering Sea. 0.32 troy ounces. 0.3x1.5x1.6cm. City: Bering Sea State: Alaska, Date: Inventory# 40202
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 500.00 - 750.00
Sold to e*****3 for (550.00 + 99.00) = 649.00
 
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Porcupine Creek Gold Nuggets2007 - Porcupine Creek Gold Nuggets
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Total two items. Total weight is 0.12 troy ounces. Largest measures 0.5x1.0x0.9cm. Porcupine Creek in near Haines, Alaska. City: Bering Sea State: A
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 190.00 - 275.00
Sold to P*****2 for (225.00 + 47.25) = 272.25
 
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Crystalline Gold from Congress, Arizona Area2008 - Crystalline Gold from Congress, Arizona Area
Holabird Western Americana Collections
0.31 troy ounces. 0.8x3.0x1.2cm. Nice looking sample. The Congress area is home to Weaver, Rich Hill and a myriad of small placer operations. City:
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 450.00 - 600.00
Sold to e*****3 for (300.00 + 52.50) = 352.50
 
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Gold Basin Gold Specimen2009 - Gold Basin Gold Specimen
Holabird Western Americana Collections
0.92 troy ounces. 1.0x4.5x1.9cm. A beautiful specimen. This specimen and other Arizona gold was found in Gold Basin. Gold Basin is a popular placer go
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 1,500.00 - 1,900.00
Sold to o******x for (2,000.00 + 360.00) = 2,360.00
 
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Two Quartzite, Arizona Gold Specimens2010 - Two Quartzite, Arizona Gold Specimens
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Total weight is 0.34 troy ounces. Largest nugget is 0.8x1.3x1.2cm. Two nice looking pieces City: Quartzite State: Arizona, Date: Inventory# 4020
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 550.00 - 800.00
Sold to e*****3 for (400.00 + 70.00) = 470.00
 
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Gold Nugget from Stanton, Arizona2011 - Gold Nugget from Stanton, Arizona
Holabird Western Americana Collections
0.28 troy ounces. 1.8x2.8x1.2cm. Stanton is a privately held gold bug property in west central Arizona, near Congress. Gold bugs have been going to St
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 450.00 - 600.00
Sold to e*****3 for (550.00 + 99.00) = 649.00
 
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Large Stanton, Arizona Gold Specimen2012 - Large Stanton, Arizona Gold Specimen
Holabird Western Americana Collections
1.77 ounces. 1.0x3.7x3.1cm. Almost pure gold! City: Stanton State: Arizona, Date: Inventory# 40231
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 2,900.00 - 4,000.00
Sold to e*****3 for (4,250.00 + 765.00) = 5,015.00
 
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Nice Stanton, Arizona Gold Nugget2013 - Nice Stanton, Arizona Gold Nugget
Holabird Western Americana Collections
0.65 troy ounces. 0.8x1.6x1.6cm. City: Stanton State: Arizona, Date: Inventory# 40217
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
Sold to b*****a for (950.00 + 199.50) = 1,149.50
 
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Small Arizona Gold Nugget2014 - Small Arizona Gold Nugget
Holabird Western Americana Collections
0.20 troy ounces. 0.5x1.8x1.1cm. Stanton, Arizona. City: Stanton State: Arizona, Date: Inventory# 40222
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 300.00 - 400.00
Sold to G********B.. for (300.00 + 57.00) = 357.00
 
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Gold Nugget from Wickenburg, Arizona2015 - Gold Nugget from Wickenburg, Arizona
Holabird Western Americana Collections
0.17 troy ounces. 0.3x1.8x1.3cm. Pure gold nugget! Wickenburg, Arizona is another of the western Arizona mining camps. The area, though, is peppered w
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Estimates : 275.00 - 400.00
Sold to b*****a for (250.00 + 52.50) = 302.50
 
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Small Crystalline Gold Piece2016 - Small Crystalline Gold Piece
Holabird Western Americana Collections
From Wickenburg, Arizona. 0.07 ounces. 0.9x1.7x1.1cm. Small, but looks great! City: Wickenburg State: Arizona, Date: Inventory# 40221
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 150.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (160.00 + 38.40) = 198.40
 
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16:1 Mine Gold in Quartz (3.13 troy)2017 - 16:1 Mine Gold in Quartz (3.13 troy)
Holabird Western Americana Collections
3.13 troy ounces. 3.1x6.5x3.9cm. Gold in Quartz Specimen. City: Alleghany State: California, Date: Inventory# 40250
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 1,600.00 - 2,300.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (1,700.00 + 408.00) = 2,108.00
 
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16:1 Mine Gold in Quartz2018 - 16:1 Mine Gold in Quartz
Holabird Western Americana Collections
0.35 troy ounces. 0.8x3.0x1.8cm. Beautiful piece!!! City: Alleghany State: California, Date: Inventory# 40205
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 460.00 - 600.00
Sold to F*****a for (600.00 + 126.00) = 726.00
 
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Large Big Bear Gold in Quartz Specimen2019 - Large Big Bear Gold in Quartz Specimen
Holabird Western Americana Collections
8.87 troy ounces. 3.6x8.1x7.1cm. Largest specimen in collection. Big Bear was the site of the largest Southern California gold rush in the late 1800...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 1,600.00 - 2,300.00
Sold to F*****6 for (2,400.00 + 504.00) = 2,904.00
 
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California Crystalline Gold from the Crows Nest Mine2020 - California Crystalline Gold from the Crows Nest Mine
Holabird Western Americana Collections
1.20 troy ounces. 1.1x3.4x2.6cm. This one is a beaut! Kern County. City: Crows Nest Mine State: California, Date: Inventory# 40232
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 1,600.00 - 1,900.00
Sold to n*******g for (1,700.00 + 408.00) = 2,108.00
 
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Gold in Quartz Northern California Gold Nugget2021 - Gold in Quartz Northern California Gold Nugget
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Ladies Canyon. 0.36 troy ounces. 1.4x2.8x2.0cm. Small, but showy! City: Downieville State: California, Date: Inventory# 40204
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 370.00 - 450.00
Sold to e*****3 for (300.00 + 54.00) = 354.00
 
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Smaller Nuggets, I2022 - Smaller Nuggets, I
Holabird Western Americana Collections
8.07 troy ounces. Largest nugget is 0.5x1.8x1.8cm. Found at Ladies Canyon. City: Downieville State: California, Date: Inventory# 40255
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Start Price : 6,500.00 | Estimates : 13,000.00 - 18,500.00
 
 
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Smaller Nuggets, II2023 - Smaller Nuggets, II
Holabird Western Americana Collections
5.21 troy ounces. Larger nugget 0.5x1.8x1.8cm. Ladies Canyon. City: Downieville State: California, Date: Inventory# 40075
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Start Price : 4,200.00 | Estimates : 8,400.00 - 12,000.00
 
 
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Smaller Nuggets, III2024 - Smaller Nuggets, III
Holabird Western Americana Collections
5.76 troy ounces. Larger nugget is 0.5x1.8x1.8cm. Ladies Canyon City: Downieville State: California, Date: Inventory# 40074
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Start Price : 4,650.00 | Estimates : 9,300.00 - 13,200.00
 
 
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Ladies Canyon Gold Flakes2025 - Ladies Canyon Gold Flakes
Holabird Western Americana Collections
5.95 troy ounces. Larger specimen is 0.5x1.8x1.8cm. Near Downieville at Ladies Canyon. City: Downieville State: California, Date: Inventory# 400
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Start Price : 4,800.00 | Estimates : 9,600.00 - 13,600.00
 
 
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Nice California Flakes from Downieville, California.2026 - Nice California Flakes from Downieville, California.
Holabird Western Americana Collections
3.29 troy ounces. This gold comes from Ladies Canyon near Downieville. It is a rough area to get to, but has good gold for the truly adventurous. The
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Start Price : 2,500.00 | Estimates : 5,000.00 - 6,000.00
 
 
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Large Folsom, California Gold Nugget2027 - Large Folsom, California Gold Nugget
Holabird Western Americana Collections
2.50 troy ounces. 1.2x3.5x3.4cm. City: Folsom State: California, Date: Inventory# 40235
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 4,000.00 - 5,000.00
Sold to a******k for (4,250.00 + 1,020.00) = 5,270.00
 
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Northern California Gold Nugget2028 - Northern California Gold Nugget
Holabird Western Americana Collections
1.47 troy ounces. 1.8x4.0x3.5cm. City: Folsom State: California, Date: Inventory# 40264
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 2,350.00 - 4,000.00
Sold to n*******g for (2,200.00 + 528.00) = 2,728.00
 
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One ounce (mostly) Gold Nugget2029 - One ounce (mostly) Gold Nugget
Holabird Western Americana Collections
0.97 troy ounces. 0.9x3.6x2.4cm. Folsom, California. City: Folsom State: California, Date: Inventory# 40248
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 1,250.00 - 1,600.00
Sold to e*****3 for (725.00 + 126.88) = 851.88
 
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Black Quartz and Gold Specimen2030 - Black Quartz and Gold Specimen
Holabird Western Americana Collections
0.48 troy ounces. 1.3x3.1x2.4cm. Dale Mining District. Dale, In San Bernardino County, is the home to a turn of the century mining district in dry des
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 120.00 - 200.00
Sold to 2*****s for (200.00 + 48.00) = 248.00
 
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Dale Mining District, Mojave Desert Gold2031 - Dale Mining District, Mojave Desert Gold
Holabird Western Americana Collections
0.05 troy ounces. 0.3x2.7x1.0cm. City: Mojave Desert State: California, Date: Inventory# 40249
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 80.00 - 120.00
Sold to P*****2 for (140.00 + 29.40) = 169.40
 
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Gold in Quartz, Mojave Desert2032 - Gold in Quartz, Mojave Desert
Holabird Western Americana Collections
0.24 ounces. 1.9x2.0x1.5cm. Mostly quartz. City: Mojave Desert State: California, Date: Inventory# 40200
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 300.00 - 450.00
Sold to 1*******t for (350.00 + 84.00) = 434.00
 
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Mojave Desert Gold in Quartz Specimen2033 - Mojave Desert Gold in Quartz Specimen
Holabird Western Americana Collections
0.79 troy ounces. 2.3x2.8x2.1cm. City: Mojave Desert State: California, Date: Inventory# 40224
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 1,200.00 - 1,800.00
Sold to e*****3 for (550.00 + 96.25) = 646.25
 
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California Gold in Crystal2034 - California Gold in Crystal
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Placer County find. 0.34 troy ounces. 1.0x2.5x2.4cm. Mostly gold, some quartz. A nice example! City: Placer County State: California, Date: Inve
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Estimates : 480.00 - 700.00
Sold to F*****a for (425.00 + 89.25) = 514.25
 
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Magnificent Mother Lode Gold Specimen2035 - Magnificent Mother Lode Gold Specimen
Holabird Western Americana Collections
0.37 troy ounces. 0.8x2.5x1.8cm. Beautiful! City: Placer County State: California, Date: Inventory# 40259
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 600.00 - 900.00
Sold to G********B.. for (550.00 + 104.50) = 654.50
 
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Placer County, California Crystal Gold2036 - Placer County, California Crystal Gold
Holabird Western Americana Collections
0.39 ounces. 1.2x2.3x2.4cm. Interesting quartz - almost looks folded. City: Placer County State: California, Date: Inventory# 40215
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 400.00 - 700.00
Sold to P*****2 for (425.00 + 89.25) = 514.25
 
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Gold in Quartz from the Eagle's Nest Mine in Placer County2037 - Gold in Quartz from the Eagle's Nest Mine in Placer County
Holabird Western Americana Collections
0.05 troy ounces. 0.6x2.0x1.0cm. The Eagles Nest Mine was in the Michigan Bluff District in Placer County. Small, but showy with strong crystal quartz
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Estimates : 80.00 - 100.00
Sold to t****J for (130.00 + 27.30) = 157.30
 
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East Fork, San Gabriel River Gold Nugget (larger) Collection2038 - East Fork, San Gabriel River Gold Nugget (larger) Collection
Holabird Western Americana Collections
5.87 troy ounces. These are the larger nuggets. A few are gold in quartz. The largest piece is 1.1x2.0x1.9cm and weighs 0.76 troy ounces. This is one
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 9,000.00 - 12,000.00
Sold to F*****0 for (1,283.00 + 230.94) = 1,513.94
 
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Gold in Quartz San Gabriel River Nugget2039 - Gold in Quartz San Gabriel River Nugget
Holabird Western Americana Collections
East Fork. 0.98 troy ounces. 13.x3.3x2.1cm. A large amount of gold is showing. City: San Gabriel River State: California, Date: Inventory# 40260
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 1,100.00 - 1,600.00
Sold to b*********r for (600.00 + 120.00) = 720.00
 
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Small Gold in Quartz Nugget from the East Fork of the San Gabriel River2040 - Small Gold in Quartz Nugget from the East Fork of the San Gabriel River
Holabird Western Americana Collections
0.21 troy ounces. 0.8x1.7x1.3cm City: San Gabriel River State: California, Date: Inventory# 40229
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 240.00 - 300.00
Sold to e*****3 for (200.00 + 36.00) = 236.00
 
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Southern California Gold In Quartz2041 - Southern California Gold In Quartz
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Found in the East Fork of the San Gabriel River. 0.60 troy ounces. 1.0x2.5x1.9cm. Mostly Gold! City: San Gabriel River State: California, Date:
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 750.00 - 1,200.00
Sold to e*****3 for (600.00 + 108.00) = 708.00
 
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Sierra City Gold over Crystal.2042 - Sierra City Gold over Crystal.
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Sierra City. 0.23 troy ounces. 0.9x2.0x1.6cm. Quartz can be seen throughout and under the gold. Nice! The North Yuba River has produced a number of ve
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Estimates : 370.00 - 550.00
Sold to 8*****p for (325.00 + 55.25) = 380.25
 
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Crown of Gold in Quartz Base2043 - Crown of Gold in Quartz Base
Holabird Western Americana Collections
0.11 troy ounces. 0.9x1.8x2.3cm. This is a very unusual looking Sierra City specimen. City: Sierra City State: California, Date: Inventory# 402
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Estimates : 170.00 - 250.00
Sold to D******3 for (125.00 + 26.25) = 151.25
 
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Gold throughout this Gold in Quartz Specimen2044 - Gold throughout this Gold in Quartz Specimen
Holabird Western Americana Collections
0.81 troy ounces. 2.3x2.9x1.9cm. Found near Sierra City, California. City: Sierra City State: California, Date: Inventory# 40238
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Estimates : 1,100.00 - 1,400.00
Sold to n*******g for (1,000.00 + 240.00) = 1,240.00
 
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Nice cropping of Gold in Quartz2045 - Nice cropping of Gold in Quartz
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Sierra City. 0.57 troy ounces. 1.5x3.6x2.1cm. City: Sierra City State: California, Date: Inventory# 40252
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,200.00
Sold to n*******g for (850.00 + 204.00) = 1,054.00
 
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Nice Gold in Quartz Nugget2046 - Nice Gold in Quartz Nugget
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Sierra City, California. 0.64 troy ounces. 1.2x3.1x2.5cm. City: Sierra City State: California, Date: Inventory# 40223
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,100.00
Sold to F*****6 for (900.00 + 189.00) = 1,089.00
 
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Sierra City Reddish Gold in Quartz Nugget2047 - Sierra City Reddish Gold in Quartz Nugget
Holabird Western Americana Collections
0.38 troy ounces. 1.5x3.9x2.3cm. Although there is a small amount of gold showing, the reddish veins running through the quartz makes this a nice spec
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
Sold to F*****0 for (250.00 + 45.00) = 295.00
 
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Six Smaller Gold Nuggets2048 - Six Smaller Gold Nuggets
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Total weight: 0.18 troy ounces. Largest specimen is 1.3x1.8x1.5cm. Mixture of gold nuggets and gold in quartz City: Sierra City State: California,
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Estimates : 240.00 - 350.00
Sold to g*******h for (160.00 + 38.40) = 198.40
 
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Small Gold Nugget2049 - Small Gold Nugget
Holabird Western Americana Collections
0.12 troy ounces. 0.7x1.5x1.0cm. Mostly gold. Some quartz. Found in the Sierra City, California area. City: Sierra City State: California, Date:
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 180.00 - 260.00
Sold to P*****2 for (225.00 + 47.25) = 272.25
 
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Stanton Crystalline Gold2050 - Stanton Crystalline Gold
Holabird Western Americana Collections
1.28 troy ounces. 1.4x3.1x2.4cm. Magnificent! Almost pure gold! City: Stanton State: Arizona, Date: Inventory# 40270
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Estimates : 2,100.00 - 3,000.00
Sold to F*****6 for (2,900.00 + 609.00) = 3,509.00
 
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