Lesher dollars part of historic display at March Money Show

It won’t cost a cent in admission to see millions of dollars’ worth of historic rare coins and paper money during the American Numismatic Association (ANA) National Money Show (nationalmoneyshow.com) at the Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs, Colo., March 14-16. Admission is free.

“Important coins and early U.S. banknotes from the ANA’s Edward C. Rochette Money Museum will be on display at the show, including a spectacular exhibit of the first one-cent denomination coins of the United States. Items range from the Fugio cent of 1787 to the United States Mint’s earliest issues including the large Liberty Head cents struck from 1793 to 1799,” said Thomas Uram, president of the 26,000-member ANA (money.org).

“We’ll also have a display of Colorado currency featuring a selection of early Colorado National Bank notes along with a set of the famous Lesher dollars created by silver mine owner Joseph Lesher in the mining town of Victor, Colo., in the Cripple Creek mining district,” said Doug Mudd, director and curator of the Money Museum.

Other Money Museum rarities on display at the show will be one of the approximately 40 known surviving 1933 Eagles ($10 denomination gold coin) designed by acclaimed sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Another exceptional exhibit is of a 1943 Lincoln cent mistakenly struck in a copper/bronze alloy that still has its original mint red colour 81 years after it left the Philadelphia Mint, and a 1944 cent struck on a zinc-coated steel planchet intended only for 1943 cents.

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