I see nothing wrong with having some tongue-in-cheek fun, but to suggest these these are serious die varieties requires the same level of serious research and proof
I could not agree with you more when it comes to varieties
Your comments were not taken to be facetious. But as a collector who was burned in this area before And the fact that you took the time to make comments is appreciated.
As mentioned above this is not believed to be a Variety or Error
Quote from one of my previous posts:
This is not believed to be a variety at all. It is believed at this point to be on all 1971 and 1972 Eisenhower Dollars. taking it out of the realm of the variety coin. It is just a fact of what is on the coin for identification as to what is being looked at. Much in the same way one would identify the wheat stalks when discussing a part of a Wheat Cent reverse.
Brian Vaille,The person that discovered this has known and studied this for about a year now. And is one of the most prolific discover of Third Party Grader Attributed Varieties in the Eisenhower Dollar Series. This was not done quickly or in haste by no means.
It is just the first time it has been mentioned outside of the Ike Group.
As far as "Gasparro's Mischief" it is just something that is well known amongst Ike collectors, Specific incident that comes to mind is when his original 1971 Eisenhower was minted, Politicians of the day felt that the Eagle on the reverse looked too fierce given that the cold war was going on and he was not happy when they made him tone it down by flattening the Flared Breast Feathers and take the fierce looking ridge above the eye off, leading to the Friendly Eagle Variety. On that Variety he did put what some call a Re-entry Vehicle in the shape of the contrail on nasa patches of the day at roughly the 10:00 position of the earth. That is strangely enough quite quickly worn on the dies also, And only visible on earlier die state 1971 RDV-006 FEV (Friendly Eagle Varieties)
One other earlier bit of rebellion of Gasparro''s is on the Lincoln Cent Reverse.His original design included the words "Lincoln Memorial" and 13 stars around the rim of the coin, which he removed at the request of staff at the Mint. Despite the complaints of his superiors, the design retained his initials to the right of the monument as well as the image of Lincoln seated in the monument, making it the first American coin to have the same likeness on both sides of the coin.
Hm. I must admit to never having heard of this particular nugget of Ike-dollar lore before now
Nobody has the people on this forum are some of the first people in all of Numismatics to learn about this outside of the Ike Group.
Things like this really make me realize how much effort some folks put into researching things like this
You are Absolutely Right the shear amount of time spent studying this series of coin staggering.