John and Nancy Wilson submitted this review of the new Americas Gold Rushes fixed price list by Holabird-Kagin. -EditorWe have just read the 560-page, two-volume Fixed Price List (FPL) of Americas Gold Rushes. It is well illustrated in full color and a very important reference book that also covers many related items to the gold rush. The two softcover books are a massive fixed price list that will probably become a standard reference in its field.
It is arranged primarily by state with the state of California taking the largest part of the book, and with Nevada and Colorado having a sizable presence. Most other states that issued gold rush or related items are also represented. As you go from page to page you can see how much time-consuming research went into every item that is for sale in this FPL / Reference book.
Assay receipts make up a good portion of the catalog but you will also find many other paper items and ephemera included, such as bank notes, checks, drafts, photos, pamphlets and others. We have some assay receipts in our collection, along with western checks and drafts dealing with the gold rush. With these two books we will be able to update these collections with the very useful and interesting information contained within the pages of this great reference.
Many important pioneer gold coins, ingots and other metallic items are also included in the two books. Most items are pictured in full color with prices. What makes this such an outstanding fixed price list and reference is the well done descriptions of just about every item in the two printed catalogs. It is a walk down memory lane if you collect gold rush and related items that were issued both in metal and paper.
It is like a history book that covers from A to Z anything and everything you would want to know about the Gold Rush era in America. It is highly recommended for researchers, collectors, dealers, authors, bibliophiles, historians, librarians and others. We have many fixed price lists in our collection covering many areas of the hobby. We think this two volume set is possibly the most important Fixed Price List that has ever been issued.
The two volume reference was released at the ANA Baltimore Worlds Fair of Money Convention recently completed. Some of the items in the two catalogs were displayed at the convention and a photo of Don and Fred holding the catalogs in front of the display appears below. The two soft-bound printed books are available from Holabird-Kagin America at (775) 852-8822 for $50 shipped to US addresses. They also issued a very limited $25 quick-bind version of the catalog which isnt available.
The firm is considering producing a special, limited Collectors Edition at $300 each. If you have any interest in this special edition, you should contact them quickly. For information regarding the catalog(s) or to purchase the printed version for $50, contact them at: Holabird-Kagin Americana, 3555 Airway Drive, Suite 308, Reno, NV 89511. You may also call (775) 852-8822, or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the firm's web page at http://www.holabird.org/
Wayne Homren, Editor
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