John Livermore, Tonopah Mining Park Silver Medallion


The Tonopah Historic Mining Park has created a spectacular two ounce silver medallion commemorating the life and achievements of our friend John Livermore (1918-2013.) This medallion is made in two forms: 1) a proof silver piece with proof, reflective flat surfaces and frosted raised surfaces and 2) the same coin with 24kt gold plating of the frosted relief, inclusive of the border. A limited production of 250 coins of each type are being made by the Northwest Territorial Mint in Dayton, Nevada, available about July 4, 2013. Holabird-Kagin is the exclusive dealer.
The Livermore medallion at two ounces is twice the size of the normal silver medallion. It needed to be twice the normal size to reflect John’s larger than life achievements as “father of the modern Nevada gold boom”. As co-discoverer of the Carlin Trend with Alan Coope, he introduced a new generation of mining geologists to the world of microscopic gold deposits. A field geologist at heart, John remained true to his calling his entire life, easily turning down high-level management jobs that put him at a desk.
John‘s accomplishments are known to all western mining geologists and mining engineers. His geologic work leading to the discovery of the Carlin trend and other major gold-bearing linaments led to the discovery and production of more than 100 million ounces of gold.
The medallions are available on a first-come, first serve basis. Each is encapsulated in a clear plastic shell to protect the surfaces.
The Silver proof two ounce piece is $100. The gold plated (relief highlights only) piece is $125. They will be available for direct pickup from the Holabird-Kagin office or from Fred Holabird at one of the geologic or mining meetings. Others are subject to mail reimbursement charges (no handling fee – postage only). A portion of the proceeds go to the Tonopah Historic Mining Park. The medallions will be shipped or held for pickup as soon as they are received, and notification of their arrival will be sent immediately upon receipt.
The Tonopah Historic Mining Park was a favorite project of John’s. It is one of the best mining exhibits in the West, and is a “must-see” in Tonopah.

Please make check payable to Fred Holabird – Livermore Medallion
3555 Airway Dr. #308, Reno, NV 89511. 775-852-8822

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Antique & The Arts Weekly ~ April 2013 Auction Overview

AAW 05-10-2013 page 42

Click here to read the full story published in Antiques and The Arts Weekly’s May 10 issue

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Treasures & Tribes Auction Breaks Records!

Holabird-Kagin Americana’s Best Auction on Record:
Setting New World Sales Records!

(All sales figures include the buyer’s premium)

Holabird-Kagin Americana was humbled and astounded by the exceptional sales prices for the great collections that hit the auction block this weekend at the April 12-13 auction held at the Atlantis Casino Resort in Reno, Nevada.

The outstanding Jack Totheroh Collection of about 200 California Fractional Gold Coins was estimated to sell for $360,000 given comparable sales records. However, Holabird-Kagin Americana realized almost 2.5 times above the estimate, selling the entire coin collection for $865,358! Similarly, the Bergen-Istvan collection, which contained 19 finest known and 13 second finest known coins, was estimated at $161,850 but sold for 1.5 times above the low estimate, for $251,861!

And the great news doesn’t stop there. The Hart’s Coins of The Golden West set was estimated at $38,650 but sold for over 2 times above the estimate, an outstanding $79,841 for the set, all finest known examples.

Even outside of the realm of coins and numismatics, our $2.4 million sale broke records in Native American Panamint Baskets, which garnered attention from bidders across the globe. With a low estimate of $58,100, you can imagine our enthusiasm when the collection sold for $106,014-that’s over 1.75 times above the estimate!

Even in the fields of western mining collectibles, ingots, paper goods, and railroadiana, we set records in prices realized, bidder participation, attendance, and more.

Upcoming Sales Events

Let the experts at Holabird-Kagin Americana help you to realize the best prices for your collections. We’re now accepting quality consignments for our Summer Sale, set to be held this August 23-24 in Reno at the Atlantis Hotel Casino Resort.

Can’t wait until August? Get great deals on fantastic, historical western Americana in Holabird’s Western Americana Collections ( sale on June 15-16 this summer! Many of the lots on offer at FHWAC come from major collections, and we’re excited to see them go to great new collections at great prices.

Write, Email, Visit, or Call us today- we’re the record setters, and we’ve got even greater plans for the summer sale! We’re also happy to discuss private treaty sales of any unsold lots from the April auction-many of which are available at the low estimate, or lower!

Unsold lots available for a limited time only! Visit our website for a price list.

Holabird-Kagin Americana

Toll free 877-852-8822

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Nevada Bottle Book Book Signing ~ May 25, 2013

Butler Days 2013 Flier

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Western Treasures and Tribes Auction Tour

Fred gives a quick tour of our auction preview. Watch the video on YouTube.

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Portraits from Thomas J. McKenney and James Hall’s

History of the Indian Tribes of North America

First Edition Lithographs after the original oils by Charles Bird King and James Otto Lewis.


McKenney and Hall’s History of the Indian Tribes of North America has long been renowned for its faithful portraits of chiefs, warriors and women of various Native American tribes.

Col. Thomas J. McKenney was a champion of Native American causes, and fought throughout his tenure to preserve something of their culture; such an integral part of the history of the United States. Hired in 1816 as the head of the United Stated Bureau of Indian Affairs, McKenney shortly thereafter began to plan an archive that would house Indian memorabilia. Between 1821-24, several delegations of Native Americans came to Washington to see President Monroe. McKenney took advantage of this opportune time to record their likenesses, commissioning Charles King and, to a lesser extent, James Lewis. More paintings were added to these over the years resulting in an impressive gallery of Indian portraiture.

In 1830, McKenney was dismissed by President Jackson and subsequently began to work the publication of a folio of the portraits. Completed 1836, the plates for the first edition were first published in 1832. The folio was a collaborative effort, the text written by James Hall based on information, which McKenney supplied. The magnitude of the project was overwhelming; McKenney battled poverty, politics, and printers to achieve his goal.

In 1865, a fire at the Smithsonian destroyed almost all of the original paintings from which the lithographs were drawn. The prints from the remaining folios are thus vital in their role as faithful recordings of Native American and pre-Civil War histo 1081

Lot# 1080
Hoo-wa-ne-ka, A Winnebago Chief.

Wa-Kwan-Ha-Ka, A Winnebago Chief
$1,100 – 1,400

Lot# 1084
Kai-Pol-E-Qua, White Nosed Fox                                                                                                                   Est. $750-1,000                             

Hayne Hujhini, The Eagle of Delight

Lot# 1085
Keokuk, Chief of the Sacs and Foxes

 See these prints in our upcoming April 2013 Auction Here

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Mormon Currency highlights

Douglas Nyholm describes the Mormon Currency highlights in our upcoming auction, April 12, 2013

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