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Colorado. Salida. 1901 Imprint Type. W.C. Alexander, Jeweler. Jos. Lesher’s Referendum Silver Souven

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Colorado. Salida. 1901 Imprint Type. W.C. Alexander, Jeweler. Jos. Lesher’s Referendum Silver Souven
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Colorado. Salida. 1901 Imprint Type. W.C. Alexander, Jeweler. Jos. Lesher’s Referendum Silver Souvenir Medal or Dollar. Zerbe-11, HK-797. Rarity-7. MS-62 NGC. Serial No. 30.

Dies as illustrated. Bright silver-gray throughout with a crisp strike and plenty of eye appeal. Warm golden toning is making its presence known at the rims, adding significantly to the overall appeal. The finest of three examples of Zerbe-11 certified thus far by NGC; the other two pieces are in the AU category. Just over a dozen examples of this rarity can be accounted for today in all grades. An important Lesher “dollar” that has been out of the marketplace for a considerable time – we suspect it may go back into hiding in another advanced cabinet after this sale.
NGC Census: 1; none finer. This variety is the same as Zerbe #5 except stamped “W.C. Alexander Jeweler Salida, Colo.” These pieces are serially numbered. William Calvin Alexander owned a jewelry store located at 142-144 F St. in Salida Colorado, a narrow, dimly-lit space with a pair of spittoons. He was also an optician and later a druggist also. Mr. Alexander served as mayor of Salida for three terms and was president of the Colorado Pharmaccal (sic) Association. When he died, “Salida industry halted at 3 o’clock while hundreds of residents from every walk of life …crowded the [Alexander] home and lawn to pay their last tribute to a distinguished fellow citizen.” The Salida airport is named for his wife.
Mr. Alexander ordered only 50 pieces; 14 survivors are known. It is interesting to note that the second “A” in “Salida” is really an inverted “V.”



Grading Company: NGC MS62

Pedigree/Collection: From the William C. Henderson - Christopher Marchase Collection of Lesher Referendum Souvenir Medals. Previously from the Mann; Whiteley Collections.