US Coins

Thousands of Gold Rush lots in Holabird auction

A total of 1,210 lots comprising the Al Adams Collection of Gold Rush coins and memorabilia anchors Holabird Western Americana’s March 15 to 18 sale of items from gold rushes around the United States.

The auction will be conducted in Reno, Nevada.

The entire illustrated sale can be found online here.

The Al Adams Collection offers items associated with the Georgia and North Carolina Gold Rush, circa 1799 to the 1840s, and includes:

? The first gold company stock certificate (1807)

? 1830 letter from Georgia Bank to U.S. Mint asking what to do with the gold coming in

? Gold lottery tickets for Georgia land

? Gold lot deeds with medals rarely seen by collectors

? Belfast Mining Co. scrip collection (1830s), finest assembled

? Dahlonega, Charlotte, San Francisco, Carson City, Denver, New Orleans, Philadelphia Mint gold bullion receipts

? Gold Rush era private assayer bullion receipts from California, Nevada, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Arizona

? 1840s, 1850s and 1860s mining company stock certificates from both the east (Appalachian gold belt) and the West (California, Nevada, Colorado)

Miner’s Bank

The auction includes an 1849 Miners’ Bank pioneer gold $10 coin that has been removed from its Numismatic Guaranty Corp. holder in which it was encapsulated as About Uncirculated 58 and subsequently stickered by Certified Acceptance Corp.

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The Miner’s Bank was an early gold rush business in San Francisco. The firm issued $1, $3 and $5 notes on March 1, 1849, and later issued undated fractional denominations. The gold $10 coins are believed to have been struck before Aug. 9, 1849.The estimate for the coin is $45,000 to $80,000.

Carson City stencil

An original brass stencil is offered that was used to mark wooden coin boxes from the Carson City Mint for shipping to the U.S. Mint assistant treasurer in Boston.

The stencil was discovered by diggers working the dump site adjacent to the Carson City Mint where coinage dies and other scrap were buried.

The estimate is $6,000 to $10,000.

Chinese assay

An 1882 San Francisco Mint assay slip for Tong Young & Co. was issued for 42 ounces of of placer gold, which also included silver.

The auction lot description suggests that when the Caucasian placer miners left individual sites, Chinese miners would move in to work the sites and find additional metal.

The lot has an estimate of $200 to $400.

Manhattan Silver Mining

The Manhattan Silver Mining Co. in Austin, Nevada, issued scrip notes to pay their miners in denominations of $1, $3, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100.

The notes were redeemable in “Merchantable Silver.” The $1 and $10 scrip notes offered are both imprinted with revenue stamps.

The lot’s estimate is $100 to $200.

Belfast Mining Company notes

Offered with an estimate of $5,000 to $10,000 is an uncut sheet of Belfast Mining Co. scrip notes printed by Endicott & Co. of New Orleans. The mining company was located in Dahlonega, Georgia. The sheet contains two notes each of the $50 and $100 denominations.

The sheet is certified Very Fine 30 by Paper Money Guaranty.


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