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Ron Landis...Sun, 30 Jul 2000 11:59:06

ScrapBook Subjects
Link: The Golden Dollar Coin Design Finalists
Link: 1796 25c Proof...Just for your enjoyment!
Link: 2000 Concept Dollar eBay Sale Brings Good Results
Link: 1796 "No Pole" HalfCent Complete With Die Crack
Link: 1793 Liberty Cap 1c Jewelry Pendant
Link: 1796 Draped Bust 1c Double Struck Proof
Link: 1796 14 Star $1 GMM strike
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  • The Golden Dollar Coin Design Finalists
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       As usual, there are wonderful resources on the WWW just waiting for our discovery. What is obvious to one individual comes as something brand-new and wonderful to another person. Link:The Golden Dollar Coin Design Finalists webpage was such a discovery to this old man! This page belongs to Link:The United States Mint website and is a part of Link:The Golden Dollar Coin documentation presented there. Just in case the subject webpage "goes away" without warning I have captured the wonderful description of our friend Ron Landis. It reads as follows:
       About the Artist: Ron Landis, Chief Engraver, Vice President, Gallery Mint Museum
       Ron Landis received a diploma in 1979 from Gem City College, Quincy, IL, for a hand-engraving course. He is a designer of tokens and medals, and is also well known in the field of hand-engraved coins known as "hobo nickels."
       From 1981 to 1984, Mr. Landis was a hand engraver for the jewelry trade in Denver, CO. From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Landis joined Project Segovia, an effort to restore the 16th Century Mint of Segovia, Spain, to a working museum of early minting technology, as a technical consultant, and will soon return to this post.
       In 1992, Mr. Landis founded the Gallery Mint Museum with partner Joe Rust. The museum helps to demonstrate the evolution of coin-making technology from ancient Greece through the Industrial Revolution.
       Mr. Landis received the 1995-1997 Presidential Award from the American Numismatic Association for outstanding contributions to the coin collecting community. He is a member of the NAAEMS Committee of the American Numismatic Association; a co-instructor for the Art of Engraving course offered at the American Numismatic Association Summer Conference at Colorado College; and an editor, writer, and photographer for the Gallery Mint Report.
       Mr. Landis has also designed and produced prototype dollars that were distributed to congressional committee members prior to the recently passed dollar coin legislation. He is a member of the American Numismatic Association, American Numismatic Society, American Medallic Sculptor's Association, Arkansas Numismatic Association, Token and Medal Society, FIDEM, Society of Paper Money Collectors, and the Original Hobo Nickel Society, among others.
       Mr. Landis specializes in the reproduction of rare, early United States coin types. His long-term goals are to build a museum that will provide workshops and apprenticeship programs so that these historic trades can endure as a living part of our culture.

       If you find other interesting WWW resources we should point out to other folks interested in GMM esoterica please let me know. Thanks- EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

  • 1796 25c Proof...Just for your enjoyment!
       This beautiful Proof Quarter, #522 of 1,000 struck, is being offered for sale on eBay as I write this and has yet to get a bid. I mostly just wanted to share this beauty with all y'all. These are clearly, as expected since they are Proof dies, a different set of dies than the four sets discussed previously. Maybe there is more than one set of proof dies for this piece and you will need this specimen since your piece is from different dies. Let me know if this is, in fact, the case. Happy collecting - EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

  • 2000 Concept Dollar eBay Sale Brings Good Results
       On July 25th a pair of the 2000 Piedfort Concept Dollar strikes sold on eBay for $406 plus $2 shipping. The Seller wrote (in part);
       (2)Limited Issue 2000 U.S. Concept Dollars These patterns for the new dollar coin were produced in 1998 to provide the Washington decision makers an example of what the new golden dollar could look like. By many accounts, these pieces made a significant impact on the passing of legislation for the new coin.
       Engraver (Ron Landis) first designed the flowing hair type and mated it with a reverse to symbolize peace in the new millennium. Rep. Michael Castle, then Chairman of the International Monetary Policy Committee, decided that the more familiar statue of liberty would be more recognizable. He found this statue design in the mint archive designed earlier by James Ferrell, a mint engraver.
       To help promote this design, Gallery Mint made this second type of pattern that was distributed to members of the House and Senate. This design was actually written into the original bill. The bill passed with the exception that the design be left to the Secretary of Treasury. Robert Rubin formed a selection committee, and the rest is history.
       Only 2500 of each design type to be offered to the general public. These patterns are double thick piedforts.
       Now that the selection is complete and the Sacagawea Dollar is now in circulation the remaining patterns, are available while supplies last. Only about 250 of each style remains to be sold.
       The reverse design was one of four designs that made it to the final round and was very close to being accepted. The design selected was the work of Thomas Rogers, an outstanding mint engraver, and friend of Gallery Mint.

       If the Seller and/or the Buyer wants to be identified in connection with these two fine pieces please contact me and I'll comply...otherwise they will remain anonymous in respect for their privacy. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

  • 1796 "No Pole" HalfCent Complete With Die Crack
       In the September 1998 Gallery Mint Report, on page 3, it says;
       Of the recently completed 14 piece set, there was none more easily executed than the "with pole" variety half cent, but probably none more technically challenging than the "no pole" variety. All 12 known examples of this rare variety display a horizontal, bisecting die crack. So, to reproduce this coin accurately, we not only needed to produce a cracked die, but this crack had to be of a particular shape so as best to represent the original.
       We wouldn't settle for just scratching a line in the die. That just doesn't look the same as a real die crack, and besides, that would be too easy. We like doing things the hard way.
       Our first attempt almost worked, and was the method we used to create the final working die. The second attempt actually yielded a working die by splitting a hardened die, and we were able to get 150 strikes from this die. These were offered as a show special at the recent ANA convention in Portland. But the crack in this die did not look right. The shape was wrong, and it also developed an additional cud that is not seen on the original coin. So a third die was created that so far has managed to stay in two pieces.
       The "crack" was created by cutting the steel die blank in half using a very fine jeweler's saw, following the shape of the original crack. The two pieces were then pressed in a retaining ring, and the whole mess went into a heavier iron "collar". Then, the entire design was hobbed into this three piece die in a single operation, closing the seam very tight as to mimic a genuine crack. It worked so well that the two pieces stayed together through the hardening and tempering process, even though it fell out of its retaining ring that was intended to hold it together.
       This is also the only die so far created entirely by our machinist, Joe Rust. Like the original, the unc. version is mated with the same reverse die as the "with pole" variety. Our somewhat idealized proof version of this piece shown at right does not display the crack, and in fact, served as the master die that was "cloned" to produce the more realistic cracked die uncirculated version.

       So...our friends at GMM will obviously stop at absolutely nothing to make their strikes true to the originals. Good work guys! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

  • 1793 Liberty Cap 1c Jewelry Pendant
       On July 29th a unique GMM piece sold on eBay and should be recorded for future students of the history of GMM. The Seller wrote;
       Gallery Mint Museum Error/Pendant As a former employee of the GALLERY MINT MUSEUM, I was a witness and sometimes a participant in creating intentional errors. We had a few customers that would specifically custom order error pieces for their collections. One day, (former chief coiner) Adam and I had been making custom errors, and when we finished, we decided to create a few for ourselves. The result here is a pendant/error that was created using the brass of a 1995 Concept Dollar and a silver coin-blank while striking both sides at the same time with the 1793 One Cent dies. The One Cent reproductions were usually struck on copper, so this silver and brass really make an interesting statement! My wife wore this with a silver chain around her neck for a few months, and then we noticed the silver piece loosening from the brass, so we put it away for about 5 years. Now, the struck silver piece has detached from the brass. However, with a some good eyesight and a little glue, these two pieces could be joined again for a tight fit. This piece was copy stamped (on the reverse) in accordance with the Hobby Protection Act. Actual size is approximately 32mm wide by 35mm height.

       If the Seller and/or the Buyer wants to be identified in connection with this unusual piece please contact me and I'll comply...otherwise they will remain anonymous in respect for their privacy. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

  • 1796 Draped Bust 1c Double Struck Proof
       This is Proof #728 of an unknown number struck. It was not a special order error. I purchased it from GMM out of their stock so I suspect, but have no proof, that this was a production error. In any event I would guess that even special order errors are less often done in the proofs because of the additional expense that would involve. Perhaps by showing this Proof Error we will learn more about their availability in some general terms. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

  • 1796 14 Star $1 GMM strike
       In the July 1997 Gallery Mint Report, on page 4, in Auction News it says; The die for this 14 Star Proof 1796 Dollar reproduction was made in error. (Should have 15 stars.) and Only 61 were produced of which 58 were released before the error was discovered by our photographer. The recipients were notified of the error, and only two were returned for replacement. Just a note for those who might be interested. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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