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Colorado. Victor. 1901 Imprint Type. Goodspeeds & Co. Jos. Lesher’s Referendum Silver Souvenir Medal

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Colorado. Victor. 1901 Imprint Type. Goodspeeds & Co. Jos. Lesher’s Referendum Silver Souvenir Medal
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Colorado. Victor. 1901 Imprint Type. Goodspeeds & Co. Jos. Lesher’s Referendum Silver Souvenir Medal or Dollar. Zerbe-12, HK-1017. Rarity-8. AU-55 NGC. Serial No. 1020.

Dies as illustrated. This champagne-silver specimen is alive with luster, especially among the crisply struck mining scene features. Nothing other than a few tiny surface marks betray the modest circulation endured by this rarity. There is no mistaking the business whereabouts of Goodspeeds & Co., as their full address is impressed below the company name. One of only four examples of the variety thought to exist (serial number 27 is a misprint for 1027 in B. Max Mehl’s auction of Feb. 8, 1944, lot 1699), two of which are in museums, and naturally, one of the prize rarities of the series. Further, the present piece is one of just two examples of Zerbe-12 seen by NGC, neither of them Mint State. Believed to be the first time publicly offered. Yet another impressive Lesher rarity from the Henderson-Marchase Collection that will find a welcoming new home with absolutely no problem.
NGC Census: 1; 1 finer (AU-58). This variety is the same as Zerbe #5 except engraved “Goodspeeds & Co. 26 Pikes Peak Ave.” It is another imprinting error; the store, founded by Lewis G. Goodspeed and carried on after his death in 1892 by his widow and brother-in-law under the styles of Goodspeed & Co. or Goodspeed’s.
Goodspeed & Co. was a jewelry store located at 26 Pikes Peak Ave in Colorado Springs. General Manager Alfred Moser Goetchius had a few Lesher Dollars engraved, but was apparently dissatisfied with the response and never ordered any to be stamped.
It is unknown exactly how many of this variety were made, probably at most 10 or a dozen, based on the known numbers in this range.. All 4 known pieces have the name engraved, not stamped and they are serially numbered.



Grading Company: NGC AU55

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