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By Robert D. Leonard Jr.,Ken Hallenbeck & Adna G. Wilde Jr.

on the flip of the final century, miner Joseph Lesher tried to elevate the cost of silver through privately minting octagonal “Referendum memento medal” cash with values of $1.25 or $1. They have been universal in Victor, Cripple Creek, Denver and different areas in Colorado within the days after William Jennings Bryan fought unsuccessfully at no cost silver. Surviving an preliminary dust-up with the key provider, Lesher came upon a loophole to put them in stream in 1900 and 1901. this day, coin creditors pay greater than $1,000 for one. this is often the tale of Joseph Lesher and his audacious inner most mint, besides the retailers within the mining cities and in different places who supported him.

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