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Gallery Mint Replicas

One of the most amazing private mints of modern times, the Gallery Mint was located in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. It was created by Master Engraver Ron Landis and his partner, Joe Rust. The Mint operated from 1992 until 2007 and produced some spectacular replicas of United States early coinage. I met Ron and Joe in Colorado Springs in the early 2000s at the Annual Summer Seminars hosted by the American Numismatic Association. It was the custom at the time for students and faculty to meet in the evenings in the breezeway between dormitories on the campus of Colorado College. Some, including Ron and Joe, would bring musical instruments, beverages flowed freely and a good time was had by all. As luck would have it, Mike Ellis, who at the time worked for the Gallery Mint had a lot of Gallery Mint replicas he wanted to sell, and if memory serves me, as the night went on, the prices got better and my resistance to his sales pitch became weaker by the bottle. It turned out to be several fortuitous purchases and although we have sold hundreds of these awesome pieces, we still have many left. What sets Gallery Mint pieces apart from other replicas is that they were made with the exact specifications of the original coins they replicated, were struck with old-time screw presses and in every aspect fulfilled Ron and Joe’s original mission " establish a museum that would preserve the history, craftsmanship and artifacts associated with the minting of coins and printing of paper money."

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