Coin Specifications

Category: So-Called Dollars - Hibler & Kappen
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9500
Weight: 412.5 grains
Diameter: 32 mm
Edge: Plain
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1901 LESHER HK-797;Z11 W.C. ALEXANDER SC$1 MS obverse 1901 LESHER HK-797;Z11 W.C. ALEXANDER SC$1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Joseph Lesher, a Colorado pioneer and silver mine entrepreneur, conceived the idea of issuing "Referendum" Dollars. Pieces dated 1900 bear a $1.25 price and those dated 1901 bear a $1 price. This was significantly higher than their silver value, which was suffering at the time, so it was up to the public to decide whether to accept them. All bear Lesher's name and city: Victor, Colorado, near the Pikes Peak Silver Mine pictured on most of the Lesher Referendum Dollars. All are octagonal with a plain edge; Lesher had been advised that these pieces would be legal so long as they did not attempt to imitate US coins.

HK-797; Z-11 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 Street in Salida, Colorado, a narrow, dimly-lit space with a pair of spittoons. He was also an optician and later a druggist. 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.” Mr. Alexander ordered only 50 pieces, and 14 survivors are known as of January 2020.

Source: "The Lesher Referendum Dollars – One Man’s Vision," catalog for Kagin's February 2020 ANA National Money Show Auction Session Three. Learn more at kagins.com.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 58

The chart showing 55 series, 58 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 4/6/2021 1901 LESHER HK-797;Z11 SC$1 W.C. ALEXANDER MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------11-----------2
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Total---------11-----------2
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