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 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 No. 15 Variety
Same as Zerbe No. 5, except stamped into the obverse field, H.
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
Zerbe No. 15 Variety Table
Removing this one from the stock of Imprints, and engraving H.
STEIN, we have 274 remaining Imprints.
Zerbe No. 16 Variety
Same as Zerbe No. 5, except stamped into the obverse field, H.H.
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
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.
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 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
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.