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Bill Weber So-Called Dollars

The Bill Weber Collection of So-Called Dollars and $50 gold slug facsimiles and other items attracted many active bidders during the Dec. 2 auction by Holabird-Kagin Americana in Reno, Nev.

The prices realized for the two sessions of the auction was $338,000, which includes the 15 percent buyer's fee.

In addition to so-called dollar medals and slugs, the auction included Weber's collection of Bryan money, commemorative pieces and world's fair and exposition medals.

The bidders made the auction "action packed," according to Fred Holabird, president of Holabird-Kagin Americana, a division of Kagin's Inc.

According to Holabird, lots received heavy absentee bidding prior to the auction. Every lot in the first part of the auction had multiple bids, he said.

"There were 40 to 60 people in attendance and even after the lunch break the bidding didn't slow down," he said.

The Weber Collection featured "high rarity pieces that had not seen the light of day for 50 years. We had a major collector fly in to bid on only one piece. It had to do with rarity and demand," Holabird said.

"We had some record prices with unprecedented new levels," he said, adding that records were set across the board, particularly with the so-called dollar medals.

He said Weber was a stickler for condition and that focus paid off.

"I'm happy with the results," Holabird said. Some prices paid surprised him, like the "sky high" $5,175 paid for the rare silver Denver Mint medallion (Hibler-Kappen 876A, So-Called Dollars by Harold E. Hibler

and Charles V. Kappen), which was graded About Uncirculated 58 by NGC.

Total prices realized, not including the 15 percent buyer's fee, for the Weber collection of so-called dollars was $199,504; a total of $34,956 realized for the $50 gold slug facsimiles; $6,426 for the Bryan money; and $13,805.75 for the California gold pieces.

All individual prices quoted in this story bear the buyer's fee.

The second part of the auction offered pioneer minor coinage/trade tokens, paper money, Western stock certificates and American Indian ephemera.

All lots and prices realized are available for viewing on the firm's Web site, www.holabirdamericana.com.

For more information about this auction or future auctions, telephone Holabird-Kagin Americana toll free (877) 852-8822 or e-mail the firm at info@holabirdamericana.com.

Some highlights from the Weber Collection:

A Panama-Pacific International Exposition octagonal gold $50 slug facsimile, NGC Mint State 66, $1,200.

A Thompson Restaurants octagonal $50 slug facsimile issued by the company to mark its 50th anniversary in 1906, gem Brilliant Uncirculated, $862.50.

An Earl Parker facsimile of an 1855 Kellogg gold $50 round, NGC MS-66, $632.50.

DeYoung so-called dollar medal, white metal, Hibler-Kappen 248, NGC AU-58, $863.

A Panama-Pacific International Exposition North Carolina so-called dollar medal, bronze, HK-410, NGC MS-62, $6,308.

Magic Kingdom silver prooflike so-called dollar medal, one of only 30 pieces struck, HK-753, NGC MS-64 prooflike, $3,220.

Bryan dollar/Montgomery Brothers, two to four known, HK-1014, NGC MS-62, $3,795.

Some highlights from Part 2 of the auction:

H.J. Jackson saloon token, Deadwood, Calif., NGC MS-62, $4,000.

Palace Saloon-Brunswick token, Merced, Calif., NGC MS-63, $1,400.

Series 1902 $5 national bank note issued by the Placerville National Bank (Placerville, Calif.), the only known example of a serial number 1 note for the bank according to the catalog, Friedberg 608 (Paper Money of the United States, by Arthur L. Friedberg and Ira S. Friedberg), "Frayed edges, hinge remnants, pinholes and rust stains," $3,100.

Series 1929 $5 national bank note issued by the Placerville National Bank (Placerville, Calif.), 15 other small-size notes are known for this bank, Very Fine/Extremely Fine, F-1800-1, $550.

Stock certificate issued by the Hidden Treasure Consolidated mine for 100 shares in 1880, Fair, $400.

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