THE GOLDEN WEST AUCTIONS

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The Golden West Sale encompasses three sessions of auctions covering some of the most important historical western material from the Gold Rush periods of California, Nevada and Colorado. The material has been assembled from many of the great western collections, as well as original material handed down within Gold Rush families, held intact for over 100 years.
Session A of the Golden West Sale encompasses the annual WESTS (Western States Token Society) token auction. This year the highlight is clearly and unarguably the finest Western Indian Trader, Fort & Territorial collection ever assembled at public auction. The more than 500 lot sale contains dozens of R9 and R10 tokens, many of which have not seen the light of day in at least four decades. Some ephemera also is included from Indian Trader sites. Indian Trader tokens are an important form of money exchanged between Indians and Anglos in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Trading Posts were a way of life in the isolated outposts of the western plains and mountains, swapping furs, rugs, coats and other items for food stuffs and equipment. There has never been a sale of this magnitude and importance. The end of this sale will include a comprehensive collection of Naval tokens never before offered and with NO ESTIMATES or MINIMUM BID REQUIREMENTS, as this offering will set the pricing precedent for naval tokens.
Session B encompasses many of the popular collecting categories. It includes a strong photograph collection of American saloon interiors, saloon ephemera and Gold Rush region saloon tokens, also known as Pioneer Minor Coinage. Part of the saloon section includes a large collection of the ultra-rare Good-for mirrors, one of the rarest forms of money, many with pictorial representations of the fabulous “gay-90’s” saloon girls, as well as advertising mirrors. This is the largest mirror offering since the Rosa sale of 1988. Most of the mirrors are so rare that only one to three specimens of each are known. The session will be rounded out by a collection of So-called dollars and Hibler Kappen related material, $50 slug facsimiles, Chopmarked coins, Golden Gate International Exposition Medals and more. Much of this section is from the well-known Bill Weber Collection.
Session C The highlight of the sale is certainly the newly discovered Washington Nugget, a nearly 100 ounce nugget (and several others) found in an unmined section of the Omega-Malakoff Tertiary Channel in February, 2010 that made national news. The nuggets are accompanied by two large original nineteenth-century bullion scales (Christian Becker, New York; Henry Troemner, Philadelphia), It is accompanied in the sale by some masterful original Gold Rush art, inclusive of a spectacular and early rendition of a miner, several broadsides- a miner in lithographic form, panoramic views of mining communities, a number of original Currier & Ives prints of the Gold Rush and Salt Lake City, stage coach pieces, and the Alaska 1893 Yukon/Alaska Miners Union Banner.
A massive Gold Rush banking collection covers the 1850’s through 1860’s in California and Nevada, with what is probably the largest Gold Rush period banking collection ever offered publicly. It contains more than 100 different Bills of Exchange, a form of the first circulating currency on the West Coast. A wonderful and large collection of Gold Rush banking documents augments this fine collection, along with original leather gold pokes and money belts.
Some of the highlights of the Gold Rush Collection are documents from the original 1910 San Francisco sale of the estate of James King of William, documents signed by Adolph Sutro, California coiner F. D. Kohler, and others. A very rare letter book from Nevada mining and railroad magnate Hume Yerington from the mid-1860’s contains incredible information about his life prior to his railroad successes.
A large collection of US Mint ephemera is included, including rare bullion receipts, photographs, lithograph, gold coin and other coin bank bags, as well as rare Carson City gold and silver coins. Accompanying the Mint ephemera is a section of California Counters and rare California Gold Rush tokens.
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Mexico,c. 1900 - Mexico Mine Photographs :3975 - Mexico,c. 1900 - Mexico Mine Photographs :
Holabird-Kagin Americana
Four black and white photos of unidentified Mexico mine, c1900. Included is one of man in sombrero and two of large mine.
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Start Price : 38.00 | Estimates : 75.00 - 100.00
 
 
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Mexico,Chihuahua ~ Hamilton County - 1908-1909 - San Toy Mining Company Letters, Mexico :3976 - Mexico,Chihuahua ~ Hamilton County - 1908-1909 - San Toy Mining Company Letters, Mexico :
Holabird-Kagin Americana
Lot of two typed letters and a cover, written on the letterhead of the San Toy Mining Company of Chihuahua, Mexico, one dated December 31, 1908 and th
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Start Price : 50.00 | Estimates : 100.00 - 300.00
 
 
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Mexico,Zacatecas State - September 8, 1919 - Santiago Apostol, S.A. Bonds :3977 - Mexico,Zacatecas State - September 8, 1919 - Santiago Apostol, S.A. Bonds :
Holabird-Kagin Americana
Lot of two bonds, one for $20 (#0339) and one for $100 (#5051). Each has its original 20 coupons attached. Both are signed by the President of the com
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Estimates : 100.00 - 150.00
Sold to D*******e for (50.00 + 8.75) x 1 = 58.75
 
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Mexico, Pachuca Pachuca,Hidalgo State - October 23, 1878 - Consolidated Esperanza Mining Company, St3978 - Mexico, Pachuca Pachuca,Hidalgo State - October 23, 1878 - Consolidated Esperanza Mining Company, St
Holabird-Kagin Americana
Incorporated in 1878, this is a bilingual stock. The top half is in English, complete with vignette and signatures. The bottom half is in Spanish and
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Start Price : 75.00 | Estimates : 150.00 - 200.00
 
 
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Mexico, Real del Monte,Hidalgo State - March 21, 1864 - El-Chico Silver Mining and Reduction Company3979 - Mexico, Real del Monte,Hidalgo State - March 21, 1864 - El-Chico Silver Mining and Reduction Company
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El-Chico District. Cert. #281, issued to Chas. Rule in 1864 for 10 shares. Signed by two directors and by the secretary. No vignette other than the co
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Start Price : 75.00 | Estimates : 150.00 - 250.00
 
 
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Peru, Lima,January 31, 1878 - Compania Ferrocarril de la Oroya y Mineral de Pasco, Stock Certificate3980 - Peru, Lima,January 31, 1878 - Compania Ferrocarril de la Oroya y Mineral de Pasco, Stock Certificate
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Incorporated in 1877 in Peru. This stock is for the Oroya Railroad and the Cerro de Pasco Mining Company. Cert. #2820 for 100 shares, signed by the pr
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Estimates : 150.00 - 300.00
Sold to D*******e for (75.00 + 13.13) x 1 = 88.13
 
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South Africa,Johannesburg - November 29, 1895 - Buffelsdoorn Consolidated Gold Mining Company, Limit3981 - South Africa,Johannesburg - November 29, 1895 - Buffelsdoorn Consolidated Gold Mining Company, Limit
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Incorporated in South African Republic, with head offices at Johannesburg. Cert. #3639, issued to Frederick John Smith, Esq. of Glasgow for 20 shares.
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Start Price : 50.00 | Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
 
 
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Spain, Barcelona,October 1, 1850 - Sociedad Minera Titulada Dudosa, Stock :3982 - Spain, Barcelona,October 1, 1850 - Sociedad Minera Titulada Dudosa, Stock :
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Incorporated in Spain. Cert. #133, issued to Manuel Juan Campos. Large detailed vignette at bottom showing miners working a rock face, with farmers in
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Estimates : 200.00 - 300.00
Sold to D*******e for (100.00 + 17.50) x 1 = 117.50
 
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Spain, Barcelona,October 20, 1851 - Sociedad Minera Titulada La Casualidad Segunda, Stock for the Ca3983 - Spain, Barcelona,October 20, 1851 - Sociedad Minera Titulada La Casualidad Segunda, Stock for the Ca
Holabird-Kagin Americana
Culera Province of Cerona. Incorporated in Spain. Cert. #346, issued to Don Eusevio Alerany. Written in Spanish. Vignette at bottom of 4 miners with p
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Estimates : 50.00 - 150.00
Sold to D*******e for (25.00 + 4.38) x 1 = 29.38
 
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