A 162-lot auction dedicated to tokens and medals will be held at 6
p.m. Pacific Time March 25 by Holabird Western Americana LLC at The National Hotel in Jackson, Calif.
The sale is being conducted in conjunction with the Western States Token Society annual jamboree.
Among the tokens offered is one referencing renowned California
swindler C.C. Julian; a bell-shaped piece from the 1915 Panama-Pacific
International Exposition in San Francisco; a good-for mirror from
Mountain Home, Idaho; and a good-for token from the Polin Brothers in
Goldfield, Nev., and Oatman, Ariz., to be used, among other places, at
the Northern Saloon in Goldfield.
The 42-millimeter octagonal silver medal issued by C.C. Julian
references the New Monte Cristo Mine in Arizona, one of the many
enterprises concerning which the noted swindler is credited with
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According to the auction lot description, during the early 1920s,
Julian purchased marginal oil leases and promoted the Julian Petroleum Corp. in Los Angeles; he also
founded the town of Leadfield in Death Valley, for which he bilked
The New Monte Cristo Mine medal, dated 1927, was presented to
prospective major investors. The operation quickly folded.
Julian picked up stakes to promote oil in the fields of Oklahoma.
Julian died a pauper in Shanghai, China, and was buried in a cheap
pine box on May 11, 1934.
The Panama Pacific
International Exposition from 1915 in San Francisco is
celebrated on a 43-millimeter bell-shaped token referencing the
California mission bell.
The PPIE souvenir is inscribed SAN FRANCISCO and 1915 on the obverse
with THE CALIFORNIA MISSION BELL in four lines on the reverse. The
obverse also has an abalone shell inset.
A. Rosenheim in Mountain Home, Idaho, issued a “Good for 12½¢ in
trade” advertising mirror that measures 56 millimeters in diameter. It
carries an estimate of $1,500 to $2,000.
Generally the obverse of an advertising mirror bears advertising,
with or without an image, and is encased in celluloid, while the
reverse has a reflective surface.
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The Rosenheim mirror features an image of a provocatively clad
woman with an elaborate hat, a common theme on advertising mirrors of
that era, intended to catch the eyes of customers.
Because of the cost associated with manufacturing mirrors, few are
believed to have been redeemed for their face value, according to Hal
V. Dunn in Catalog of Western Good For Trade Mirrors.
The 20-millimeter bronze token, graded and encapsulated About
Uncirculated 55 by Numismatic Guaranty Corp., was issued by the
Polin Brothers from Oatman, Ariz., and Goldfield, Nev. The token was
good for 6.25 cents in trade.
According to the auction lot description, “ ‘Tex’ Rickard and his
partners operated the Northern Saloon. To promote Goldfield, he stage
a prize fight on Labor Day, 1906. Joe Gans and Battling Nelson fought
for the Lightweight Championship of the World. In the 42nd round
Nelson was disqualified and Gans declared the winner of the $30,000 purse.”
The token is accompanied by an 8.5-inch by 6.5-inch photo depicting
the crowd at the Northern Saloon in Goldfield witnessing the closing
of gambling at noon on Oct. 1, 1910.
The lot carries an estimate of $300 to $500.
For a copy of the auction catalog, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.