Roman coins, Colorado collectibles, old bottles, mining memorabilia at Holabird's July 21-24 auction

The four-day event will be held online and live at the gallery in Reno, Nevada. The Bracken collection is huge, covering everything from Roman coins to Colorado collectibles. Internet bidding will be provided by three popular platforms.
By: Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC
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RENO, Nev. - July 12, 2022 - PRLog -- Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC's four-day Wild West Auction slated for July 21-24 will be headlined by two massive and important collections: one from Gary Bracken, who collected in a staggering 60-plus categories, to be spread out over multiple sales; the other from James and Barbara Sherman, whose huge collections were housed in a museum.

The auction will be held online as well as live in the Holabird gallery, located at 3555 Airway Drive in Reno, starting at 8 am Pacific time all four days. Hundreds of collectible lots will come up for bid, at price points that should appeal to seasoned collectors and novices alike. Internet bidding will be via,, and

"The Gary Bracken collection is huge and varied, covering everything from Roman coins to Colorado collectibles," said Fred Holabird of Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC. "The Sherman mining collection is also enormous, but exclusively Western. We also have a large Colorado mining exhibit pulled from museums, plus minerals, rocks and other good stuff."

Gary Bracken had two professions: law and collecting. His collections spanned tens of thousands of items in many categories. He started by collecting arrowheads in the Mississippi Valley throughout the Midwest. He noticed the rusty stuff nearby, so that led to artifacts and old bottles.

He collected stamps as a kid, and some of his earliest and best organized collections are his stamp and cover collections. He also collected old coins, given to him by his mother when he was six years old. He tried to assemble a collection of Roman coins sorted by every major ruler and domain. He had what may be the king of all Viking coins, plus tokens, currency and scrip.

Bracken collected just about everything having to do with Colorado (except private gold coins). His token, bottle, key tag, dog tag, letterhead, cover and ephemera collections are terrific. For years he was a regular at the Leadville, Colorado dump, looking for rare old bottles and tokens.

Color catalogs are available by calling 1-844-492-2766, or 775-851-1859. Also, anyone owning a collection that might fit into an upcoming Holabird Western Americana Collections auction is encouraged to get in touch.

To consign a single piece or a collection, you may call Fred Holabird at 775-851-1859 or 844-492-2766; or, you can send an e-mail to To learn more, visit

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