Lesher Referendum Medals, Zerbe Varieties 13-18

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Zerbe 13

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Zerbe No. 13 Variety

Same as Zerbe No. 5, except stamped into the obverse field, J.E. NELSON & CO. / HOLDREDGE, NEB.

The pieces are serially numbered.

 

This is the only known Lesher to have the name of a business firm located outside of the state of Colorado. Whiteley stated that Nelson gave away his Leshers when he opened his new clothing store in the Trammel Block, in Holdredge, Nebraska. From the numbers known, it is believed by this writer that 50 pieces were stamped J.E. NELSON & CO.


Zerbe No. 13 Variety Table


Removing 50 pieces from the stock of Imprints, to be stamped, J.E. NELSON & CO., we have remaining 325 Imprints.

 


 

Zerbe 14

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Zerbe No. 14 Variety 

Same as Zerbe No. 5, except stamped into the obverse field, W.F. WHITE MERC. CO. / GRAND JCT. COLO. 

The pieces are known with and without serial numbers.

  

W.F. White owned a hardware/department store in Grand Junction, Colorado. From the known pieces, this writer believes that 50 medals were stamped W.F. WHITE MERC. CO.

 

Zerbe No. 14 Variety Table

 

Removing 50 pieces from the stock of Imprints, to be stamped W.F. WHITE MERC. CO., we have remaining 275 Imprints.

 


 

Zerbe 15

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Zerbe No. 15 Variety

Same as Zerbe No. 5, except stamped into the obverse field, H. STEIN.

The piece is serially numbered.

 

This writer's research has revealed that Mr. Stein was a printer in Canon City, Colorado. Only one piece is known engraved H. STEIN. Why only one piece?

It is known that two numismatists, both who lived in the Denver, Colorado area, were great rivals in the collection of Lesher medals. They were C.W. Cowell and O.H. Mann. When one would discover a new type or variety, he would proudly show it to the other, "Here is one you do not have." This writer suspects that in their zeal for new Leshers, one of them had an Imprint, No. 1050 (note that this number has not been located as an Imprint), and he had the name "H. STEIN" engraved, to have one his rival did not have. It is therefore believed to be a unique piece - one of a kind.

 

Zerbe No. 15 Variety Table

 

Removing this one from the stock of Imprints, and engraving H. STEIN, we have 274 remaining Imprints.

 


 

Zerbe 16

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Zerbe No. 16 Variety

Same as Zerbe No. 5, except stamped into the obverse field, H.H. ROSSER.

The piece is engraved.

 

Mr. Rosser owned a pool room/confectionery store located at 106 North 4th Street, Victor, Colorado. Again, why is there only one piece?

As with the Stein piece, this writer believes that the other rival in Denver promptly had one of his imprints engraved H.H. ROSSER in order to have a new variety - one of a kind.

 

Zerbe No. 16 Variety Table

 

Removing this one from the stock of imprints and engraved "H.H. ROSSER," we have 273 remaining imprints.

 


 

Zerbe 17

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Zerbe  No. 1720 Trade  Mark Applied For

Obverse: Legend at top, TRADE MARK APPLIED FOR. Also, A / COMMODITY / WILL GIVE / IN EXCHANGE / MERCHANDISE / AT No.

Reverse: same as Zerbe No. 3.

 

Whiteley suggested that Lesher struck this piece thinking it was necessary to be submitted when applying for a trade mark.  Only one piece of this type is known.

 

Zerbe No. 17 Variety Table

 

With the new year, 1901, the weight, size and price of the next Lesher type was reduced. The new diameter was 32mm, the weight 412 1/2 grains (as was the standard weight of a U.S. silver dollar), and the new price $1. This new type, the sixth and final type known, is called the Imprint Type, which has a blank field for adding business names and addresses. When such imprints were added, they became varieties of the Imprint Type.

 


 

Zerbe 18

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Zerbe No. 18

In the fall of 1998, a new variety was discovered by Mr. Tom Hallenbeck of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

That Imprint Type had the name "A.W. Clark / DRUGGIST / DENVER, COLO. / No. 1."

 

The name and address were engraved on the medal, but not in script, as was the cases of the Stein and Rosser medals. Mr. Hallenbeck's research indicated that there was a druggist named Alfred W. Clark who ran a drug store on Santa Fe Avenue, in Denver, Colorado, from 1894 through 1924. however, Mr. Clark's name was not located in any of the writings of Mr. Lesher, who died in 1918. It is possible that Mr. Clark had a copy of the Imprint Type and had his name and address added to the Imprint. This medal is engraved "No 1" which may indicate it was the only one engraved with Clark's name.

 

Zerbe No. 18 Variety table

 

Looking at the number of Imprints remaining after removing all of the pieces of the twelve varieties (777 medals), these remaining 272 pieces are a logical total number of imprints - with the 39 known listed earlier. If there were 1050 outstanding Imprints, we would surely have found more than 39 on our list.

 


 

 

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