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Colorado. Victor. 1901 Imprint Type. Sam Cohen. Jos. Lesher’s Referendum Silver Souvenir Medal or Do

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Colorado. Victor. 1901 Imprint Type. Sam Cohen. Jos. Lesher’s Referendum Silver Souvenir Medal or Do
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Colorado. Victor. 1901 Imprint Type. Sam Cohen. Jos. Lesher’s Referendum Silver Souvenir Medal or Dollar. Zerbe-7, HK-793. Rarity-7. MS-62 NGC. Serial No. 430.

Dies as illustrated. Prooflike throughout with smoky silver-gold surfaces and boldly impressed devices. The only marks of note consist of two natural as-struck planchet flaws, one at the rim at 12 o’clock, the other in the angle near 2 o’clock. This attractive specimen is the finest certified example of Zerbe-7 at NGC, and one of just three pieces designated Mint State by that firm. It is thought that Cohen, a local merchant, imprinted about 50 Lesher pieces; fewer than 20 specimens are believed extant today. Choice for the grade with exceptional eye appeal.
NGC Census: 1; none finer. This variety is the same as Zerbe #5 except stamped “Sam Cohen Victor Colo.”
Sam Cohen was appointed Lesher’s “exclusive agent” for Victor. He owned a jewelers business in the Guinan building at 305 Victor Ave in Victor. In later years Cohen left Colorado and moved to New York where he practiced law and even published a book in 1940 called Gold Rush De Luxe, which tells of his experiences while living in the Cripple Creek mining district; one chapter is dedicated to his relationship with Lesher. Agent Cohen issued 50 himself ( only 17 currently known) and apparently sold another 50 or 100 to Victor shoemaker George McMullen (Zerbe-9). The pieces are serially numbered.



Grading Company: NGC MS62

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