An engraved 1852 United States Assay Office of Gold $50 octagonal slug is among the highlights of the 1,443 lots of Cowboys & Indians & Miners collectibles to be offered May 13 and 14 by Holabird Western Americana Collections LLC.
Among the other lots to be offered are a silver ingot from Harvey Harris, Gold Hill, Nevada Territory; a unique William Sharon silver ingot from 1876; and a 22.2-ounce gold nugget.
According to Fred Holabird, the engraved gold slug is well-known among Gold Rush collectors. The knurled reverse is inscribed in six lines, FATHER's FIRST EARNINGS / IN / CALIFORNIA / TO / WALLY / OCT. 14, 1869.
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The host coin is a 900 THOUS Reeded Edge variety cataloged as Kagin 14 by Donald H. Kagin in Private Gold Coins and Patterns of the United States.
The piece has an estimate of $45,000 to $90,000.
Harris silver ingot
According to Holabird, the Harris ingot is one of only two such ingots known bearing the "All-Seeing Eye" on its face between the inscribed H. HARRIS and GOLDHILL, N.T. The face of the ingot is also stamped with serial No. 2685, the weight as 12.12.OZ and value as $34.97.
The back is stamped AUGT 1864 at the top. Stamped separately on three of the edges are GOLD 083 FINE, below which appears SILVER 905 FINE; the presenter, M.W. IRVIN, who is reported to have been working in Gold Hill; and the name of the recipient, a MRS JANE JACKSON.