UNITED STATES: AE dollar, 2000, Gallery mint "Concept" series pattern dollar

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UNITED STATES: AE dollar, 2000, Gallery mint  Concept  series pattern dollar
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UNITED STATES: AE dollar, 2000, PCGS graded MS68, Gallery mint "Concept" series pattern dollar, "Media" issue type with 11 rays obverse, regular thickness planchet, RR, ex Jerry D. Williams Collection. Two varieties were struck in brass with the Statue of Liberty design, dated 2000, on normal size planchets featuring a plain edge. These are called "Media" and "Congressional" issues. The "Media issue", was distributed to selected members of the media. The "Congressional issue" was distributed to members of congress to provide an example of the proposed coin. The obverse design, by former Mint engraver James Ferrell, was found in the Mint archives and was suggested by U. S. House Representative Mike Castle. This design was actually written into the original bill. The reverse design was one of four designs that made it to the final round of the selection process. The "Media issue" and the "Congressional issue" are distinguished by the number of sun rays on the obverse. The Media issue has 11 rays and the Congressional issue has 13 rays. The actual mintage of the Media issue is unknown, but it is estimated to be between 55 and 70 pieces. An 11 Rays "Media issue" struck on a piedfort planchet was acquired by Verne Walrafen in March 2005. How many were struck on a piedfort planchet is unknown, but it is presumably unique. There were 100 pieces of the Congressional issue struck.