Western Trails & Treasures Auction (February 2022)

Auction Details

Welcome to our Western Trails & Treasures Premier Auction, our first auction of 2022!

Our February sale includes items from many important collections, including: the Ron Lerch Western Directory Collection; Joe Elcano Nevada Collection; Ken Prag Railroad Stock Collection; Bill McKivor Mining, Numismatic, & Americana Collection; Stuart MacKenzie Montana Collection; and the Salvatore Falcone Collection, all supplemented by world-class great rarities from other private collections.

Ron Lerch Western Directory Collection Part II

In our December 2021 auction, we began to offer the Ron Lerch Collection of Western Directories, a major historic and all-important reference material collection. And we set world records!

Now we're thrilled to offer the second part of this collection, an exciting group of a few hundred directories. Some of the key pieces in this sale include: Gold Rush-era directories from Nevada City/Grass Valley (1856), Marysville (1853 and 1855), Sacramento, and San Francisco (1854); Truckee & Lake Tahoe (1883 and 1884-85); Placerville (1862) and Placer County (1861); a number of different Sacramento directories; rare railroad directories (Central Pacific 1872 and Northern Pacific Railway 1883); a Portland, Oregon group; California Bay Area; and other Western states including Colorado, Nevada, and Utah, plus a number of very rare multi-county and Pacific Coast 19th-century directories.

Directories are considered “primary source” material, and as such are essential in aspects of historical research!

Joe Elcano Nevada Collection Part II

We're thrilled to continue to sell rare items from Joe Elcano's collection, one of the best Nevada collections we've offered.

This sale features Part II of his Nevada Stock Collection, including a whole new batch of Nevada territorials, plus Joe's Nevada History Libraries. Key Nevada history references include three ultra-rare Nevada directories: 1868-69, 1871, and 1907-08. Joe loved to research the stories behind the historic documents in his collection, and these libraries were invaluable resources for him, as they will be for new Nevada collectors and historians.

We'll begin offering Joe's Nevada Postal History Collection later this year, as well as more rounds of Nevada mining stocks. Stay tuned!

Railroad & Steamer Passes

This sale features over 150 lots of railroad and steamer passes, always a big hit with our collectors! This is one of the largest offerings we've had in years, with pieces coming from five or six private collections. Have your own collection you're considering selling? Contact us!

Numismatics

In addition to more Nevada tokens and medals from the Bill McKivor Collection, our Numismatics section features: a large ingot collection, including an early San Francisco US Mint ingot and mining-related ingots; US & world coins and coin jewelry; medals and so-called dollars; scrip and ephemera incl. a Carson City Mint coin bag; and California tokens.

Stocks/Bonds feat. Railroad Proofs & Specimens

In addition to Nevada mining stocks from the Joe Elcano Collection, our Stocks & Bonds section includes more air, auto, and railroad rarities from Ken Prag's Collection, as well as ultra-rare proof and specimen railroad stocks and bonds from a private collection, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! And don't miss fun groups of stocks we've sorted based on their vignettes and design.

Stuart MacKenzie Montana Collection

The MacKenzie Montana Collection continues, with hundreds of lots of historical Montana documents and ephemera. Included in this sale are rare ledgers and archives from historical Montana businesses and mining companies, plus several hundred checks, including many with imprinted revenue stamps.

General Americana

Our General Americana section is large and diverse, with rare documents, photographs, and ephemera from Western states, as well as sub-categories including Gaming, Bottles & Saloon, Jewelry, Badges, Furnishings (incl. Staffordshire Transferware), and a Musical Instruments section with cellos, violins, and more!

Art

Our Art section includes paintings and prints from artists such as: Craig Sheppard, F.W. Trautwein, Ernest Narjot, G. Harvey, and Thomas Kincaid. Also, beautiful Victorian Era lithographs, Hanna-Barbera animation cells, and more.

Native Americana

Highlights include a Pacific Northwest Totem Pole (15 foot), c1880-1900; Washoe and other baskets; Santo Domingo Pueblo and Randall Blaze pottery; arrowheads; and rare ephemera incl. an 1890s License to Trade with Indians.

Militaria & Political Collectibles

This section features a large group of Civil War and other military knives, plus rare military and political certificates, WWI & II posters, Stanislaw Toegel Anti-Nazi Cartoon Prints, Thomas Mooney Propaganda, political autographs, and more.

Minerals & Mining

Minerals, gems, and fossils, plus mining ephemera incl. Tombstone/Comstock Engraved Steel Anvil Ceremonial Bookends, as well as Montana and Nevada documents and mining publications.

Railroadiana

In addition to railroad and steamer passes and stock certificates & bonds, our Railroadiana section includes badges, lock keys, lanterns, a Carson & Colorado Lock & Key, and rare maps and ephemera.

Bargains & Dealer Specials

Be sure not to miss our Bargains & Dealer section on Day 4, which includes both entry-level priced collectibles and larger groups ideal for resale. Includes General Americana, Stocks & Bonds, and Numismatic goodies!

Make sure to use the Keyword search tool to find items in your collecting areas across the four auction days.

As usual, our team is happy and ready to answer questions. Please feel free to call or email our office.

And please continue to bring us those great collections for 2022! Yours could be the next world record!

--Fred Holabird & Team--

Auction Schedule

Day 1, Thursday, February 24th, 2022 (Lots 1000-1620)
General Americana (1000-1620)
Geographically Sorted (1000-1284)
General Books (1285-1311)
Gaming (1312-1322)
Saloon & Brewing (1323-1357)
Jewelry (1358-1378)
Furnishings (1379-1413)
Musical Instruments & Memorabilia (1414-1448)
Model Train & Car (1449-1472)
Badges (1473-1513)
Miscellaneous (1514-1620)

Day 2, Friday, February 25th, 2022 (Lots 2000-2626)
Stocks & Bonds (2000-2325)
Mining (2000-2133)
Railroad & Transportation (2134-2292)
Misc. (2293-2325)
Numismatics (2326-2626)
Currency, Scrip, & Ephemera (2326-2351)
Ingots & Bullion (2352-2397)
Coins (2398-2483)
Medals (2484-2538)
Tokens (2539-2626)

Day 3, Saturday, February 26th, 2022 (Lots 3000-3596)
Minerals & Mining (3000-3120)
Directories feat. Ron Lerch Collection Part II (3121-3487)
Militaria & Political (3488-3596)

Day 4, Sunday, February 27th, 2022 (Lots 4000-4625)
Art (4000-4074)
Native Americana (4075-4103)
Transportation (RR, Steamer, Auto, Air) (4104-4321)
Railroad & Steamer Passes (4104-4256)
Ephemera & Artifacts (4257-4321)
Bargains & Dealer Specials (4322-4625)
General Americana (4322-4408)
Stocks & Bonds (4409-4541)
Numismatics (4542-4625)

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Firefighter Challenge Coins by NWT Mint - 2  [143111]4600 - Firefighter Challenge Coins by NWT Mint - 2 [143111]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Two Northwest Territorial Mint firefighter medals bearing the image of Saint Florian, the patron saint of firefighters. One shows the emblem of the In
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Estimate : 50.00 - 100.00
Sold to j*******o for (35.00 + 8.75) = 43.75
 
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First Step on the Moon Platinum Mini-Coin  [145108]4601 - First Step on the Moon Platinum Mini-Coin [145108]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
The Franklin Mint issued this platinum mini-coin designed by Gilroy Roberts. With certificate of authenticity, serial number 08564. This miniature 10
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 70.00 - 100.00
Sold to d*****4 for (80.00 + 16.40) = 96.40
 
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Motor Sports/ Royal Automobile Club Medals from The Middle East  [140935]4602 - Motor Sports/ Royal Automobile Club Medals from The Middle East [140935]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of two silvered, 45 mm medals. 1) United Arab Emirates Motor Sports Association, 1992; 2) Royal Auto Club of Jordan, "Jordan Rally" D...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 60.00 - 100.00
Sold to d*******f for (120.00 + 30.00) = 150.00
 
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Pony Express So Called Dollar: HK-583  [143076]4603 - Pony Express So Called Dollar: HK-583 [143076]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
HK-583: Obv.. Three conjoined male heads part r., below Ô Founders Ô all within center circle; outside, above around * Russell-Majors-
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 60.00 - 100.00
Sold to 6*******d for (35.00 + 8.75) = 43.75
 
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Satirical Medal Group  [143131]4604 - Satirical Medal Group [143131]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of seven satirical medals: The Great Society; Token of Esteem; 1923 German Satirical Medal; Buffalo Force Cereal "Sunny Jim"; Obstinac...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 70.00 - 100.00
Sold to 6*******d for (20.00 + 5.00) = 25.00
 
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Society of Medalists Ninth Issue: Fishermen  [144895]4605 - Society of Medalists Ninth Issue: Fishermen [144895]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
1934 Medal Dedicated to All True Fishermen designed by Herbert Adams (American, 1858-1945). Bronze; 7.4 cm. Original paperwork from the Society of M
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 80.00 - 100.00
Sold to 6*******d for (85.00 + 21.25) = 106.25
 
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Taylor & Challen Advertising Medal  [143132]4606 - Taylor & Challen Advertising Medal [143132]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Well known maker of coin presses, minting machinery and self advertising tickets. 33 1/2 Broad St. Birmingham, 24 mm, AU condition. Date: Country
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 60.00 - 100.00
Sold to G********a.. for (25.00 + 6.25) = 31.25
 
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Tourist Souvenir Medal Collection  [145091]4607 - Tourist Souvenir Medal Collection [145091]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of 25 medals from tourist locations around the country. Diamond Head; Fisherman's Wharf (Monterey, San Francisco); Pike's Peak; Knott...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 70.00 - 100.00
Sold to b*******n for (20.00 + 5.00) = 25.00
 
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Tukwila Coin Show Medal Collection  [141991]4608 - Tukwila Coin Show Medal Collection [141991]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
The Pacific Northwest Numismatic Association holds a popular regional show in Tukwila Washington every year. In 2003, they produced and sold commemora
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 60.00 - 100.00
Sold to g****n for (70.00 + 17.50) = 87.50
 
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Fraternal Medal and Pennies  [143999]4609 - Fraternal Medal and Pennies [143999]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of four pieces: three Masonic pennies: two Nevada City, one Syracuse N.Y. 1831; 1968 Elks medal with loop. Date: Country (if not USA): Stat
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 60.00 - 100.00
Sold to j*****d for (45.00 + 11.25) = 56.25
 
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Miscellaneous Medals and Pinbacks  [145405]4610 - Miscellaneous Medals and Pinbacks [145405]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of eight pieces. Pinbacks: Lucky Strikes Again; 1967 Western Minnesota Steam Threshing Reunion; 1925 Ancient Order of Fireside Pumpers, Bradford,
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 100.00 - 120.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (50.00 + 12.50) = 62.50
 
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Miscellaneous Medal Collection  [146197]4611 - Miscellaneous Medal Collection [146197]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Nine items with nothing in common. Hobo nickel; Chicago Exposition 1873; Geo Doll & Co. 1858 store card; Bank of Gold Gulch Chicago Railroad Fai...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to M*****g for (60.00 + 15.00) = 75.00
 
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Miscellaneous Medal Collection  [144882]4612 - Miscellaneous Medal Collection [144882]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Over 40 medals of many different subjects. Huge Medallic Art medal ( 75 mm) "One Hundred Years Helping to Create The Future" (but it doesn...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 100.00 - 150.00
Sold to q******s for (50.00 + 12.50) = 62.50
 
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Medal Collection  [146341]4613 - Medal Collection [146341]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of 31 medals, medallions, and paper tokens. Apollo 11, John Paul II, John Wayne, Fairbanks, Alaska; 1936 Indiana chauffer license; 1849 $20 gold p
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 60.00 - 100.00
Sold to b*******n for (35.00 + 8.75) = 43.75
 
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Medal Collection  [143149]4614 - Medal Collection [143149]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of nine medals: Stirling Castle; The National Wallace Monument; Griffin & Sons; Hyde Park calendar medal; 1936 Vancouver Jubilee; Linotype m...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to q******s for (30.00 + 7.50) = 37.50
 
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Medal Collection  [144880]4615 - Medal Collection [144880]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of seven pieces. 1) American Legion School Award "For God and Country;" 2) 1946 Pennsylvania Super Highway medal; 3) Allison J. Thomps...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to d*******f for (30.00 + 7.50) = 37.50
 
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Midwest Token & Medal Collection  [146348]4616 - Midwest Token & Medal Collection [146348]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of eleven pieces from Midwestern states. Indiana: Muncie, Camp Crosley; Fort Wayne, B.P.O.E,.(2). Iowa: Atlantic 1968 50c In Trade. Kansas: 1954 T
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 60.00 - 100.00
Sold to d*******f for (15.00 + 3.75) = 18.75
 
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Miscellaneous Medal Collection  [146102]4617 - Miscellaneous Medal Collection [146102]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of over 40 medals with a wide range of subjects. Liberty Ship O'Brien; Delta Queen Port of Cincinnati; Thomas Edison; Union Pacific good luc...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to d*******f for (50.00 + 12.50) = 62.50
 
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Collection of Examples of Things You Can Collect  [146347]4618 - Collection of Examples of Things You Can Collect [146347]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This lot of eighteen pieces has at least one example of various examples of exonumia: a Jetton; a civil war token; a Masonic penny; a love token; a mo
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Estimate : 60.00 - 100.00
Sold to j*****d for (100.00 + 25.00) = 125.00
 
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Dealer Lot of Medals, Pins, Mavericks, Magic and More  [145443]4619 - Dealer Lot of Medals, Pins, Mavericks, Magic and More [145443]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Eclectic lot of over 30 pieces. Earrings with Asian dancers, sterling Colonel's oak leaf, sawmill workers union button, 1910 U.S. Census badge, ...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 150.00 - 250.00
Sold to d*******f for (75.00 + 18.75) = 93.75
 
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Grab Bag of Medals, Pinbacks and Tokens  [146353]4620 - Grab Bag of Medals, Pinbacks and Tokens [146353]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Miscellaneous lot of things: HK-538 American Airlines 1959 first flight of the Boeing 707; Seattle World's Fair 1962; tokens from Aberdeen and K...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 60.00 - 100.00
Sold to b********t.. for (40.00 + 10.00) = 50.00
 
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Miscellaneous Tokens and Medals  [143536]4621 - Miscellaneous Tokens and Medals [143536]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Dealer lot of over 100 tokens, medals, wooden nickels, adult astrology pieces, AA tokens. Date: Country (if not USA): State: City: Provenanc
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to d*******f for (90.00 + 22.50) = 112.50
 
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Dealer Lot of Tokens, Encased Pennies, Dog Tags  [143535]4622 - Dealer Lot of Tokens, Encased Pennies, Dog Tags [143535]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of over 50 miscellaneous medals, tokens, dog tags, Olympic tokens, advertising medals, three encased cents. A medal commemorating Willie Mays...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to r*o for (85.00 + 21.25) = 106.25
 
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Dealer Lot of Tokens, Wooden Nickels, & More from Western U.S.  [144884]4623 - Dealer Lot of Tokens, Wooden Nickels, & More from Western U.S. [144884]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Large group of several hundred unsorted tokens, wooden nickels and medals. Date: Country (if not USA): State: City: Provenance:
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 100.00 - 150.00
Sold to d*******f for (90.00 + 22.50) = 112.50
 
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Large Collection of US Tokens, Medals  [143814]4624 - Large Collection of US Tokens, Medals [143814]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Large Collection of US Tokens, Medals, tax tokens, transportation tokens. Perhaps several hundred pieces. This group has only had the following remove
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 150.00 - 250.00
Sold to j*****d for (225.00 + 56.25) = 281.25
 
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Miscellaneous Token & Exonumia Collection  [142481]4625 - Miscellaneous Token & Exonumia Collection [142481]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of about 20 items. Two Indian Service buttons; a 2001 New York state quarter elongated and stamped "Sept. 11 Never Forget"; Virgin Isl...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 70.00 - 100.00
Sold to b*******n for (50.00 + 12.50) = 62.50
 
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