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

2003 ScrapBook Subjects
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Index
Links
Link: It Can't Happen Again!
Link: A Sophisticated And Attractive Specimen
Link: Struck Over An 1980-D SBA Dollar
Link: A Pair Of "White" Elephants
Link: An Error Collector's Dream
Link: Tim Saved This One's Life
Link: Felix's Favorite Monticello Design
Enlargement scans available on WWW and ScrapBook CD-ROM. 
This webpage introduces you to an upcoming GMM auction... It is NOT a posting of the actual auction.
The lot descriptions provided here are DRAFTS and subject to changes in the final auction catalog.
Gallery Mint Museum Growth Fund Benefit Auction ...Part I
I have an enduring love affair with Ron's Con$ept dollars... and there were so many die trials and related specimens in this auction that I could have easily filled this webpage and more with them. I held myself in check... somewhat ...and only listed three of those numerous Con$ept related lots. Then I picked examples of the other fantastic Landis creations in the auction to include on this webpage. This means that... even though it pains me beyond describing ...I left out MUCH MORE than I have shown you in these few examples. Order your catalog from GMM in Arkansas and they will send you one when they become available... no auction date has been set at this writing. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
Link:150 DRAFT Auction Lot Descriptions.
11/17
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Gallery Mint Museum Growth Fund Benefit Auction - Part I
2000 13-ray SOL Con$ept Dollar
  • It Can't Happen Again!

  •    "Concept Fallen Die Error" This is a well known, unique, genuine (not fantasy) striking error created while striking the Piedfort Concept medals. Ron has so eloquently described it in the past that we will again quote him on the cause and effect: "This is something you won't see everyday. In fact, we're taking measures to make sure it can't happen again. So far, this is the only error that has occurred during the run of piedfort prototype dollars. The basic problem is that the upper die was only held in with a set screw, which can work loose under the extreme pressure and vibrations of normal use. As the ram of the press come down to strike the piece, the upper die fell out of it's adapter, and landed cockeyed on the planchet, creating this error that we are having a difficult time trying to categorize. For now we'll call it a 'fallen die' error for lack of a better term. The damage it caused to the machinery was minimal compared to what could have happened had the die landed on the collar, for example. The fact that the planchet is double thick, gave enough cushion that it didn't seriously damage the dies. It only dented the rim portion of the reverse die slightly. That was able to be repaired by cutting the rim a bit deeper on the lathe. Being a thick planchet, it struck much of the design into the planchet at a strange angle, almost piercing all the way through the planchet. This error caused considerable damage to the upper die adapter which was able to be machined back to a useable shape. Of course, we will not re-create this error, but it may be offered at auction at a future date. Ron Landis... March 1998, 'Gallery Mint Report,' Volume 5, Issue 1." Yeehaw! True to his word, this is that auction! Ante up folks! Mike Ellis... Monday, November 17, 2003 2:30PM
       Lot#64: will be placed in the "Real Errors" section. We have discussed this "one of a kind" specimen in a previous SBsubject Link:Con$ept 'Fallen Die' Error ...so you may enjoy going back and rereading it. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

    11/17
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    1998 Lady Liberty Con$ept Dollar
  • A Sophisticated And Attractive Specimen

  •    "1998 Concept Dollar Flowing Hair PATTERN" While having been described numerous times throughout the mainstream numismatic press, this piece is perhaps best described by GMM Patron and Collector, Mark Honea on July 22, 2001: "One of the Gallery Mint Museum's patterns for a new small-sized dollar coin. Approximately 130 pieces were produced with a date of 1998, and they are the same size and thickness as the Susan B. Anthony dollars that they were intended to replace. The obverse of this piece has a bust of Liberty with lovely long flowing hair, and a wreath of leaves and berries to hold it in place, loosely inspired by the flowing hair coinage of 1794 (with this being a much more sophisticated and attractive 'specimen', in my opinion). The legend "LIBERTY" appears above the bust, the motto "IN GOD WE TRUST" is below, and the date, 1998, appears in the field before Liberty's bust. On the reverse, there is an Eagle with outstretched wings standing on a rocky bluff with the word "PEACE" inscribed on it, and a rising sun behind the bluff. The legend "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" and the motto "E PLURIBUS UNUM" are above the Eagle, and the denomination "ONE CONCEPT" (i.e., Ron Landis' "concept" of what a new smaller dollar coin could look like) is under the Eagle's left wing (viewer's right). Again, these patterns were struck in a quantity of ONLY 130 PIECES!" These pieces are in extremely high demand and we are fortunate to make available one of those 130 pieces. Mike Ellis... Monday, November 17, 2003 2:30PM
       Lot#28: will be placed in the "GMM Originals" section. We have discussed Ron's 1998 Con$epts in numerous previous SBsubjects: 1) Link:Rings From Resizing Planchets, 2) Link:Modern Small Dollar Patterns, 3) Link:Still Counting... Con$ept Dollars That Is... :-), 4) Link:CoinFlip Inserts: After The Fact Confusion, 5) Link:Wax Con$ept Hub And Die Impressions, 6) Link:The "One Concept" Dollar "PEACE" Reverses, 7) Link:1998 GMM Concept Dollar (Not Piedfort), 8) Link:Dragon Blood In Con$ept Family Tree and 9) Link:World Peace Coin Program ...so you may enjoy going back and rereading some of them. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

    11/17
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    1998 Lady Liberty Con$ept Dollar
  • Struck Over An 1980-D SBA Dollar

  •    "1998 Concept Dollar Flowing Hair PATTERN Struck Over a Genuine 1980-D Susan B. Anthony Dollar!" See lot number 28 for the die description. Now here's the spin: this coin, though struck with original design dies, was struck on an already struck 1980-D SBA Dollar. Only two such creations were struck, this one, in my opinion, being the nicer of the two. This coin has two eagle heads on the reverse! See the chest of Ron's eagle for the head of the SBA design eagle! The date and mintmark are clear as well! This will likely be one of the higher selling items in this auction even if it is a "hybrid" original/fantasy piece! Mike Ellis... Monday, November 17, 2003 2:30PM
       Lot#50: will be placed in the "GMM Originals" section. This specimen is the second, "two of two", 1998 Con$ept struck over a 1980-D SBA. We discussed the first, "one of two", specimen in a previous SBsubject Link:This Time It Was My Turn! ...so you may enjoy going back and rereading it. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

    11/17
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    2003 GMM Hobo Token Mules Struck In Copper And Brass
  • A Pair Of "White" Elephants

  •    "2003 Off Metal (Copper) and Mule Hobo Token!" Why Ron and the GMM made this mule I do not know. What I do know is that the dies are of original design with the obverse being a self portrait of Ron Landis himself, created by an overwhelming number of requests for such a design by Hobo nickel and GMM collectors alike. Still readily available in silver with the "Hiking Hobo" reverse design as well as the "Indian Obverse paired with the Elephant" designs, this is a one of five struck. This one combines the "Self Portrait" obverse with the wrong or "Elephant" design reverse making it a mule that would fetch a handsome price in its own right. HOWEVER, this one is struck in copper, which was not supposed to be, and is an absolute gem in terms of eye appeal! I find it interesting that unique mules are often referred to as "White Elephants!" Though not white here, it is an elephant and I find that ironic. Expect above normal interest in this piece! Mike Ellis... Monday, November 17, 2003 2:30PM
       Lot#90: will be placed in the "GMM Originals" section.
       "2003 Off Metal (Brass) and Mule Hobo Token!" Here's a second opportunity for this mule pairing but unique in its own right as it is brass instead of the former struck in copper. Why Ron and the GMM made this mule I do not know. What I do know is that the dies are of original design with the obverse being a self portrait of Ron Landis himself, created by an overwhelming number of requests for such a design by Hobo nickel and GMM collectors alike. Still readily available in silver with the "Hiking Hobo" reverse design as well as the "Indian Obverse paired with the Elephant" designs, this is a one of five struck. This one combines the "Self Portrait" obverse with the wrong or "Elephant" design reverse making it a mule that would fetch a handsome price in its own right. HOWEVER, this one is struck in brass, which was not supposed to be, and is an absolute gem in terms of eye appeal! I find it interesting that unique mules are often referred to as "White Elephants!" Though not white here, it is an elephant and I find that ironic. Expect above normal interest in this piece! Mike Ellis... Monday, November 17, 2003 2:30PM
       Lot#91: will be placed in the "GMM Originals" section. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

    11/17
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    1796 Capped Bust Quarter Eagle
  • An Error Collector's Dream

  •    "Proof 1796 Quarter Eagle Double Struck in Collar" This very rare and genuine striking error is an error collector's dream! While in Eureka Springs, AR scanning and photographing the auction lots for this sale, unheralded yet supreme Chief Coiner, Tim Grat, while striking a run of the Proof 1796 Gold Quarter Eagles, created one of the very few genuine errors ever created at the GMM. (A good portion of the true errors are in this sale!) Of course, this one happened to be on gold and also happened to be one of the favorite error types of all error collectors - A TRUE DOUBLE STRIKE! Upon being struck, instead of ejecting the coin rotated but remained in place receiving a second strike. The pictures you see may not be very clear but I guarantee you, this is a knockout, true error that has had me salivating since the moment I saw it! Naturally I snagged it from Tim and would not let him melt it down! Again, this is likely to remain a unique piece from the Gallery Mint. IF you ever see another, it will likely be a fantasy error and that is not likely on gold. Mike Ellis... Monday, November 17, 2003 2:30PM
       Lot#3: will be placed in the "Real Errors" section. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

    11/17
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    1804 Draped Bust Liberty Dollar
  • Tim Saved This One's Life

  •    "Uncirculated Double Struck 1804 Dollar!" This is not the only double struck $1804 Dollar reproduction from the GMM but, to the best of our knowledge, it is the only GENUINE double strike! Yes, it is a unique, true error that should fetch a hefty sum. Normally such an error might be melted for more blanks but this one was spared and now you can benefit from the benevolence of the coiner, Tim Grat, who saved this one's life! Mike Ellis... Monday, November 17, 2003 2:30PM
       Lot#8: will be placed in the "Real Errors" section. Actually there is one other "Real Errors" double struck 1804 dollar discussed in a previous SBsubject: Link:If Strips Of Chicken Are Called "Chicken Fingers"... but it is a die trial on a silver strip and not an actual coin like this lot. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

    11/17
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    1938 Schlag Pattern Jefferson Nickel
  • Felix's Favorite Monticello Design

  •    "Jefferson Full Step Nickel Club Commissioned 'Felix Schlag's Favorite Reverse Design' Die Trial Struck on Large Cent Reproduction Planchet!" Here is a very rare opportunity to own one of the GMM's most exciting die trial strikes. Recently, the Full Step Nickel Collectors' club commissioned Ron and the GMM to create dies and strike in silver the Jefferson Nickel designer's (and collectors, too) favorite reverse design of Monticello. Upon completion of the dies, a test strike was made on a reproduction large cent planchet. Items like this are the "metal" that make collecting GMM "off the wall" items so fun and exciting. Though there are light fingerprints primarily on the obverse, this is a one of a kind from the GMM and just the aspect of it becoming available has GMM and Jefferson nickel collectors abuzz! Mike Ellis... Monday, November 17, 2003 2:30PM
       Lot#77: will be placed in the "GMM Originals" section. We have discussed Ron's 'Schlag Pattern' creations in two previous SBsubjects: 1) Link:The Jefferson Full Step Nickel Club and 2) Link:My FIRST Slabbed GMM Creations! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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