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The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 18, May 6, 2007, Article 18

RON LANDIS CRAFTS FIVE NEW COIN REPRODUCTIONS FOR STRIKER TOKEN AND MEDAL

Larry Lee of Striker Token and Medal, Eureka Springs, AR forwarded
a press release with word of the latest work of engraver Ron Landis,
first new coins he's engraved in over two years:

"Striker Token and Medal announces the release of five new reproduction
coins in the company’s growing line of numismatic rarities. The museum-
quality coins include a Ron Landis reproduction of the 1794 pattern half
disme (Judd-14) and a fantasy Large Cent dated 1815, the only year
between 1793-1857 the U.S. Mint did not strike the popular denomination.

"The hubs for the new half-disme were engraved by former Gallery Mint
owner Ron Landis and represented the first collaboration between Landis
and Striker, the company he sold Gallery Mint to in January. “We are
thrilled to continue our association with one of America’s premier
coin engravers,” said Lee.

"The other new issues include 1794 pattern coins that finish out the
series started by Landis and his partner Joe Rust several years ago.
They include the half-dime (Judd-15), the half-dollar (Judd-17), and
the 1794 dollar with stars (Judd-19), all in copper. All pattern coins
are exact reproductions in design, size, alloy and method of
manufacturing as the original specimens issued by the Federal Mint
over two-hundred years ago.

"The 1815 Large Cent mimics the size and alloy of the original Large
Cent series but the design was a matter of some debate. Striker’s Mint-
master Timothy Grat noted there was discussion on whether to issue the
mythical 1815 penny with a classic Capped-bust design as on Large Cents
dated 1808-1814, or to use a Coronet-head like that on the coin from
1816-1836. “Most of the other denominations issued in 1815 used the
Capped-bust motif,” explained Grat. “But the Large Cent itself was in
transition: a better design and a higher quality planchets demonstrated
that the Mint was moving to improve the coin. For those reasons we
decided to go with the design as in 1816.”

"Grat reminds the Large Cent purists that the 1815 is, after all, a
fantasy, and as such “it fills a hole that never existed.” He explained
that the new coin will still carry the word COPY on either the obverse
or reverse, even though no such coin actually exists. “The copy stamp
forestalls any question if a discovery 1815 cent is ever made,” said
Grat."

"Coins may also be ordered by calling 888-688-3330 or by mailing
Striker Manufacturing, PO Box 6194, Lincoln, NE 68506. All sales are
by check or money order—no credit card sales."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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