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Auction Description for Holabird Western Americana: Session 1: Gold, Minerals & Mining Part 1
Auction Description:
Western Americana Safari Auction   This four day sale features some of our best offerings to date in the following categories: Gold, Mining, Native Americana, Cowboy, Firearms, Taxidermy, Railroad & Express, Tokens, Coins, Ingots, Medals, Bottles, Gaming, and General Americana.   Highlights include: the Don Young Collection of US Medals & Exonumia, arguably one of the largest collections ever offered; a major collection of identified gold nuggets and Comstock mineral specimens; a huge collection of mining artifacts, including candlesticks, carbide lamps, mining ephemera and stock certificates; silver ingots and large American silver medals; US & Mexican coins, gold tokens, and dies; nearly 100 taxidermy mounts centralized on the American West and Africa; a gaming section of rare chips and a pre-1910 roulette table; a token section with the final Montana Svoboda pieces as well a rare Bodie token and gold nugget tokens; historical autographs including George Armstrong Custer, Ben Holladay, Sharon-Mills-Ralston,  and important Comstock and Western political figures; firearms and weaponry including nearly 50 firearms and a Constitutional Delegate's sword; Western cutlery (1850s-1880); antique bottles incl. Bodie & colored Nevada; a California Gold Rush section incl. an 1856 vigilance committee medal, a presentation belt buckle, and rare ephemera; fantastic Native Americana and Cowboy sections; and much more!                                 Please see the auction schedule below.   Auction Schedule   Day One (Friday, December 9th, 2016) (Lots 1000-1706) Gold (Lots 1000-1053) Ore/Mineral Specimens (Lots 1054-1074) Mining Part I (Lots 1075-1706) Mining Candlesticks (Lots 1075-1095) Mining Hardhats (Lots 1096-1098) Carbide Mining Lamps (Lots 1099-1254) Safety Mining Lamps (Lots 1255-1275) Teapot Mining Lamps (Lots 1276-1301) Assay (Lots 1302-1328) Mining Ephemera (State/City) (Lots 1329-1706) Alaska thru Nevada

Session 1: Gold, Minerals & Mining Part 1 (726 Lots)

by Holabird Western Americana


726 lots with images

December 9, 2016

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Reno, NV, USA

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Alaskan Gold Leaf and Flat Nuggets

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Description: 0.53 troy ounces. Longest specimen is 1.7 cm long. Widest specimen is 1.1 cm wide. State: Alaska City: Nome Date: FHWAC#: 42629

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Nome Placer Gold

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Description: 0.98 troy ounces. Small nuggets! State: Alaska City: Nome Date: FHWAC#: 42628

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Nome, Alaska Fine Gold

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Description: 0.79 troy ounces. Alaska Gold!!! State: Alaska City: Nome Date: FHWAC#: 42632

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Nome, Alaska Placer Gold

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Description: Three specimens. 0.46 troy ounces, Largest measures 1.5 x 1.3cm. State: Alaska City: Nome Date: FHWAC#: 42630

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Three Nome, Alaska Gold Nuggets

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Description: Combined weight is 0.68 troy ounces. One piece is 2.1 cm long. Height on all three is about 1.6 or 1.7 cm. State: Alaska City: Nome Date: FHWAC#: 41761

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Two Nome Gold Nuggets

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Description: Quartz showing. Each is roughly 0.6 x 1.5 x 1.0 cm. 0.31 troy ounces. State: Alaska City: Nome Date: FHWAC#: 42631

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Premium Crystalline Arizona Placer Gold Nuggets

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Description: 0.38 ounces. Largest of these nuggets is 1.7 cm long. This formation of the placer gold seems to indicate it comes from near the original source of the gold. State: Arizona City: Pima Date: FHWAC#: 42611

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Southeast Pima County, Arizona Placer Gold

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Description: 0.88 troy ounces. Largest nugget measures 2.0 cm. State: Arizona City: Pima Date: FHWAC#: 42610

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Gold Nuggets from the Bradshaw Mountains (Arizona)

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Description: 11 small specimens from these mountains east of Stanton, Arizona. 0.15 ounces. State: Arizona City: Stanton Date: FHWAC#: 42622

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Gold Nugget from the Rare Locale of the Vulture Mine

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Description: 0.46 troy ounces. 1.0 x 3.3 2.7 cm. Excellent example of crystalline form placer gold. The Vulture Mine is a gold mine and abandoned settlement nestled into the breathtaking landscape of the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. State: Arizona City: Vulture City Date: FHWAC#: 42607

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1.04 toy ounce Gold Specimen from Rich Hill (Arizona)

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Description: 0.7 x 3.2 x 2.5 cm. It's a beaut! State: Arizona City: Weaverville Date: FHWAC#: 42605

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Another Rich Hill Gold Nugget (Arizona)

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Description: 0.63 troy ounces. 0.8 x 2.5 x 2.0 cm. Small amount of quartz is visible. State: Arizona City: Weaverville Date: FHWAC#: 41772

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Large, Flat Rich Hill Nugget (Arizona)

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Description: 1.62 troy ounces. 1.0 x 3.5 x 2.8 cm. Roughly 85% gold. State: Arizona City: Weaverville Date: FHWAC#: 41771

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Rich Hill Gold Speciman (Arizona)

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Description: Weaverville, Yavapai County, sprang to life when gold was discovered on Rich Hill. This magnificent nugget weighs 0.70 troy ounces. 0.8 x 3.0 x 1.4 cm. State: Arizona City: Weaverville Date: FHWAC#: 42606

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Very Large Rich Hill Gold Nugget (Arizona)

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Description: 2.47 troy ounces. 1.9 x 3.7 x 2.2 cm. Surface is etched as from cyanide. Found Near Rich Hill. State: Arizona City: Weaverville Date: FHWAC#: 41773

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Seven Arizona Gold Nuggets

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Description: 0.97 troy ounces. 0.7 x 2.0. 1.0 cm. Nice samples. State: Arizona City: Weaverville Date: FHWAC#: 41770

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Coloma, California Gold

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Description: From the discovery place of the California Gold Rush! 0.10 troy ounces. 70% gold by weight. State: California City: Coloma Date: FHWAC#: 42626

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Deer Creek Placer Gold

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Description: Four pieces. Largest is 1.7 cm long. Total weight is 0.18 ounces. State: California City: Deer Creek Date: FHWAC#: 42616

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Fine Gold from Ladies Canyon

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Description: Vial of fine gold from Ladies Canyon near Downieville. 1.27 oz. State: California City: Downieville Date: FHWAC#: 42621

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Ladies Canyon Crystalline Gold with Quartz

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Description: 0.25 troy ounces. Roughly 90% gold by weight. State: California City: Downieville Date: FHWAC#: 42623

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Ladies Canyon Sluice Box Fines

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Description: 0.75 troy ounces. State: California City: Downieville Date: FHWAC#: 42624

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Placer Gold Found on the North Fork of the Yuba River

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Description: Three dozen flakes of placer gold from the Downieville area. Many are 1 cm long. 0.86 ounces of pure gold! State: California City: Downieville Date: FHWAC#: 42615

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Selection of Large and Small Placer Gold from the North Fork of the Yuba River

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Description: 1.07 troy ounces! Largest is 1.3 cm long. Nice collection of placer gold from this fabled Gold Rush area. State: California City: Downieville Date: FHWAC#: 42614

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Sluice Fine Gold from Downieville

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Description: 0.76 troy ounces. Ladies Canyon! State: California City: Downieville Date: FHWAC#: 42625

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El Paso Mountains Gold-in-Quartz

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Description: 0.43 troy ounces. 1.2x3.5x1.4cm. Southern California. State: California City: El Paso Mountains Date: FHWAC#: 40269

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1.09 ounce Folsom, California Gold Nugget

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Description: 0.8x2.7x3.1cm. This is a very nice specimen. State: California City: Folsom Date: FHWAC#: 40230

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American River Placer Gold Fines

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Description: From the middle fork near Forest Hill. 0.17 troy ounces. See photo. State: California City: Grass Valley Date: FHWAC#: 42633

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Mokelumne River Placer Gold

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Description: This nugget was found near where John Moffat walked in the Gold Rush near Jackson. 0.58 troy ounces. Roughly 10% in a gold crown. Specimen is 1.6 3.3 x 2.7 cm. Gold runs 2.5 cm. State: California City: Jackson Date: FHWAC#: 42608

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Placer Gold-in-Quartz from the Mokelumne River

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Description: 0.33. troy ounces. 0.5 x 2.7 x 1.7 cm. Roughly 60% gold. This would be from the heartland of the Gold Rush. State: California City: Jackson Date: FHWAC#: 42609

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High Sierra Gold-in-Quartz

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Description: Found west of Lone Pine, Calironia high in the Sierras. Roughly 70% gold by weight. 0.38 troy ounces. 1.0 x 2.7 x 2.0 cm. State: California City: Lone Pine Date: FHWAC#: 41774

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Small, Striking Gold-in-Quartz from the Mojave Desert

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Description: 0.27 ounces. 1.8 x 2.4 x 1.8 cm. Nice sample! State: California City: Mojave Desert Date: FHWAC#: 40211

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1.29 Troy Ounce Gold-in-Quartz Specimen from El Paso Mountains

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Description: Located in the El Paso Mountains. 2.0 x 3.2 x 2.7 cm. Roughly 75% gold by weight. State: California City: Randsburg Date: FHWAC#: 41765

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El Paso Mountain Gold

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Description: 0.49 troy ounces. 1.5 x 2.7 x 1.5 cm. Roughly 90% gold. State: California City: Randsburg Date: FHWAC#: 41777

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El Paso Mountain Gold Nuggets

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Description: Five nice, small nuggets from the El Paso Mountains near Randsburg. Largest is 0.9 x 1.5 x 1.0 cm. 0.48 troy ounces State: California City: Randsburg Date: FHWAC#: 42620

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Crystalline Gold from Randsburg, California

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Description: 0.43 troy ounces. Almost all gold! Crystalline form. 0.8 x 3.0 x 1.5 cm. State: California City: Randsburg Date: FHWAC#: 41779

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Gold-in-Quartz from El Paso Mountains

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Description: 0.83 troy ounces. 1.4 x 3.6 x 2.6 cm. Roughly 75% gold by weight. State: California City: Randsburg Date: FHWAC#: 41766

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Large Randsburg Gold Nugget

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Description: From the El Paso Mountains. 1.1 x 2.9 x 1.2cm. 0.81 troy ounces. State: California City: Randsburg Date: FHWAC#: 41776

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Large Randsburg Nugget with Some Quartz

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Description: 1.16 troy ounces. 1.6 x 3.6 x 2.2 cm. Seems to be acid cleaned. State: California City: Randsburg Date: FHWAC#: 41767

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Nice Selection of Small Gold Nuggets from the El Paso Mountains

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Description: 13 very nice nuggets. Largest is 0.5 x 1.5 x 0.9 cm. Total weight is 0.8 ounces. State: California City: Randsburg Date: FHWAC#: 42681

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Randsburg Gold-in-Quartz

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Description: 0.29 troy ounces. 0.7 x 2.5 x 1.9 cm. Roughly 80% gold. Interesting formation of this crystalline gold in quartz specimen in the classic Yellow Asters style. State: California City: Randsburg Date: FHWAC#: 41778

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Randsburg Gold Nugget

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Description: 0.36 troy ounces. 1.3 x 1.7 x 1.7cm. Roughly 75% gold. State: California City: Randsburg Date: FHWAC#: 41768

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Six [Mostly] Gold-in-Quartz from Randsburg

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Description: Found in the El Paso Mountains. Largest is 0.4 x 1.4 x 1.3 cm. 0.50 ounces. Roughly 80% gold. State: California City: Randsburg Date: FHWAC#: 42619

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Six Larger Gold Nuggets from the El Paso Mountains

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Description: Largest is 0.9 x 1.6 x 0.9 cm. Quartz showing. 1.26 ounces. Roughly 90% total gold in weight. From the Randsburg area. State: California City: Randsburg Date: FHWAC#: 42617

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Three Different Shaped Randsburg Gold Nuggets

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Description: One roundish, one flat, and one horseshoe! 0.40 troy ounces. State: California City: Randsburg Date: FHWAC#: 41769

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Buffalo Gold Nugget from Sierra City Area

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Description: 1.59 troy ounces. 1.3 x 4.0 x 2.6 cm. This nugget has great character. State: California City: Sierra City Date: FHWAC#: 41760

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Sierra City Area Placer Gold

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Description: Five pieces. Total weight of 0.31 troy ounces. Largest is 1.7 x 1.0 cm. Found on the North Fork of the Yuba River. State: California City: Sierra City Date: FHWAC#: 42613

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Yuba River Fancy Shape Placer Gold

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Description: This is a unique piece of placer gold from the North Fork of the Yuba River near Sierra City. Very smooth nuggets like this are usually from the tertiary gravel channels. 0.51 troy ounces. 2.5 x 2.4 cm. Please see photograph. State: California City: Sierra City Date: FHWAC#: 42612

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Another Beautiful Gold-in-Quartz Specimen from the 16:1 Mine

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Description: 0.14 troy ounces. 0.8 x 1.8 x 1.2 cm. State: California City: Sierra County Date: FHWAC#: 42627

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Four Beautiful Gold-in-Quartz Pieces from the 16:1 Mine

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Description: Combined weight is 0.81 troy ounces. Roughly 25% gold by weight. Please see the photograph! State: California City: Sierra County Date: FHWAC#: 41764

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Jewelry Grade Gold-in-Quartz

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Description: Flat slab. 3.5 x 3.0 cm. See photo!!! State: California City: Sierra County Date: FHWAC#: 41762

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