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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 41, October 8, 2006, Article 21

CRIPPLE CREEK & VICTOR GOLD MINING COMPANY

Last week I asked: what connection does the Cripple Creek &
Victor Gold Mining company have to numismatics?

Gar Travis writes: "Well, it's in an area that was once called
Poverty Gulch. In 1891 one of the largest American gold veins
was struck there; beginning the Colorado gold rush. The "rush"
was started by a miner from Kentucky named Bob Womack."

[The numismatic connection(s) I was thinking of came via chapter
six in Dave Bowers' book, "Adventures in Rare Coins."  Titled
"Pikes Peak Gold", the chapter opens with a description of a
snowy February midwinter American Numismatic Association convention
at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Co.  Bowers notes that
in the 1890s Colorado Springs was "the commercial center for the
Cripple Creek District gold field, an immense treasure trove of
gold ore spread over many square miles on the western slopes of
Pikes Peak..."

While providing an account of a modern-day tour of the area
interspersed with interesting historical facts, Bowers touches on
numismatic topics such as Colorado saloon tokens, National Bank
Notes and Lesher Dollars.  He also notes that many Philadelphia
and Denver mint gold coins of the era were produced from Cripple
Creek gold.  -Editor]

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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