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I absolutely LOVE your idea of creating this scrapbook.
This is a great way of answering questions that come up a lot.
Ron Landis...Sun, 30 Jul 2000 11:59:06

ScrapBook Subjects
Link: Worth MORE Than A Plugged Nickel!
Link: A Tale Of Three Pocket Pieces
Link: 200 Year Commemorative Strike
Link: A Few Good Buffalo Chips
Link: A Scanner Is NOT A Camera!
Link: 1796 DrapedBustCent Struck On Dime Planchet
Link: 1787 FUGIO Cent Obverse Die Trial Piece
Enlargement scans available on WWW and ScrapBook CD-ROM. 
  • Worth MORE Than A Plugged Nickel!
   So here is what I know so far... First, you take a perfectly good $50 proof 1804 dollar GMM strike and punch a hole in it! At first I thought it was a half cent sized hole but then I compared the silver cutout to a half cent and the cutout is significantly smaller that a half cent. So... I assume you then plug the hole with a copper insert you created with the same punch you just used on that nice proof silver dollar. This was not, as far as I can determine, a copper planchet already prepared for another purpose...for one thing it had to be the correct thickness to match the silver dollar. I know a coin expands when struck so perhaps the hole was the size of a "raw" half cent planchet but the size difference seems a bit much for that. Finally you strike the resulting planchet with half cent dies three times (see closeup at right.)
   What I don't know is; "Why?" Oh yeah... pay attention now... you don't do this just once! You almost certainly do it at a minimum of twice because the silver cutout (shown at left) that came with this trial piece (for lack of a better term at this point) is not from the 1804 dollar used for this piece. The silver cutout is from the opposite edge of a different 1804 proof dollar (there goes another $50!) Maybe the fact this specimen split out to the left edge caused a second attempt. Although...the other piece was punched quite close to the right edge. Strange!
   I don't understand how GMM could spare the resource, both already created products and manpower, unless it served some useful purpose. Perhaps training, experimenting with the materials to learn "What happens when..." or exploring new capabilities for future creations. Maybe a 1792 Voight Silver Center Cent from GMM is in our future!
   Perhaps a customer ordered a plugged 1804 dollar but that is so far-out I can't guess what their thought processes might have been. If this was a special order piece I would think GMM would need a very high price to make it worth all the special effort. I did not special order this piece but bought it already created from GMM's stock.
   So this is a question that will most likely have to be circulated around GMM to find the culprit who knows what's up. Why was this trial piece created? ...and... Does anyone out there have a similar piece? Maybe they have my silver cutout and I have theirs and we can trade! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

  • A Tale Of Three Pocket Pieces
       By Golly! There are circulated GMM strikes floating around out there. These three pieces have obviously seen a lot more circulation than the Pocket Piece collection I purchased. I bet the owner showed them to everyone he met from the sacker at the grocery store to his brother-in-law! I'd say he definitely got his value out of them and they are still going strong.
       Coins are neat because they get passed down from generation to generation. "Son... I want to give you something I remember my Dad always carried with him after my Grandpa gave them to him!"
       These belong to my corresponding friend EMail:Cliff Bolling who is starting a tradition. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

  • 200 Year Commemorative Strike
       This is, to date, the most expensive specimen in my GMM collection. Not necessarily my most valuable nor my most valued piece but definitely the one I paid the most for.
       Like most beautiful things it has also been a most contrary critter since the day of its arrival. kept falling out of its holder so I had to superglue it in. Now I can't take it out to scan it without destroying the holder. Next...when I tried to scan it the mirror surfaces of the overstrike reflected so much light I had to play trial and error with all my scanner controls to little effect. I wonder if I'll ever get them reset back to my original default settings? Finally...with precisely the same scanner control settings the obverse results looks significantly different than the reverse results. I reckon you will just have to live with my best efforts. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

  • A Few Good Buffalo Chips
       Buffalo Chip One (shown above): I thought all the GMM Hobo Tokens had "UNITED STATES oF AMERICA" above the Buffalo until I was working with all my pieces together one day and found the 1996 piece with Buffalo reverse says "EUREKA SPRINGS, ARK". I also like their little screw press mint mark. I haven't found either of these on any of their other Hobo Tokens struck in later years.
       Buffalo Chip Two (shown at left and at right): See... I TOLD YOU that U.S. coins weren't safe around GMM equipment and machinery! "But they are round and flat and I didn't have to make them that way!" Yes, I know...we all have our weak moments. Besides two cents worth of labor is not even enough to start thinking about making your own planchets. This is another case of the two coins/planchets being struck together with the same strike. Well, we certainly got our "two cents worth" here!
       I had a weird thing happen to me when shooting the graphics for these two lovely pieces. I had both clashed Lincoln Cent photos displayed and while trying to rotate one them I accidentally hit the "mirror" button. At that point I was looking at the two photos side-by-side and decided that somehow I had saved the same photo under two different names! I was in the process of rescanning the missing photo when I noticed the light reflection in the background of the two "identical" photos was different. WOW!!! I just couldn't get over how precisely the two clashed sides matched once the photo was mirrored. Yes, I know... it is obvious once you think about it but you had to see it to really understand the impact it made.
       What is the correct term for the "clashed" sides of these two pieces? My first instinct was to call them the clashed die sides until it suddenly struck me that the dies obviously had NOT clashed. Brockage doesn't seem to apply here because one expects a mirror impression of the other side of the specimen in that case. SIGH!!
       Buffalo Chip Three (shown below): Just another GMM Hobo Token! Well... it pays to pay careful attention. This one says "ORIGINAL HOBO NICKEL SOCIETY" and "FOUNDED 1992". It also has that neat little screw press mint mark! I wonder how many different pieces share the screw press mint mark? While we are at it (is more than one question per subject legal? ...why not? ...I'm making all this up as I go anyway)... Are there other GMM Hobo Tokens struck for special occasions or purposes? EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

  • A Scanner Is NOT A Camera!
       I just spent several hours "playing" with various resolutions and settings on my very high quality scanner. SIGH! I miss my old stereoscopic microscope with a single lens reflex camera attached that I shot my numismatic studies with some twenty years ago.
       These are all separate scans at different settings and not simply magnifications of one original scan. Magnification makes matters worse than separate scans at increasing resolutions. Anyway... here are my best efforts on showing y'all the screw press mint mark. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

  • 1796 DrapedBustCent Struck On Dime Planchet
       I am a lover of Mexican coinage mainly because of the variety of specimens available. Some of my favorite pieces are the trial strikes and the presentation pieces. The trial strikes are usually copper or lead. The presentation pieces are, like GMM's off-metal pieces, struck in a nobler metal than the metal of issue.
       This superlative little piece would not be considered a presentation piece because it is not struck on an off-metal planchet with the proper dimensions for a Draped Bust Cent. I love it none-the-less! I thought it was a Half Dime planchet when I first saw it but the weight is too much for that to be the case. Would you folks please send in scans of your off-metal specimens with your estimate as to whether they are struck as presentation pieces or are, like this piece, struck on a wrong planchet? I may not be able to use all the scans you send if I get overwhelmed but I'll grab a few of the most unusual pieces and show them here.
       Wrong planchet pieces are only those where the planchet is the same size or smaller than the coin being struck. Some of the other strikes on larger planchets would most accurately be described as die tests. I know, all these pieces are being created at the whim of the person ordering the piece or occasionally by the mint personnel for their own purposes. Few could be considered true wrong planchet or die trial specimens but they are lovely pieces and wonderful to collect anyway! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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  • 1787 FUGIO Cent Obverse Die Trial Piece
       Finally...two dies that are not only different but that can easily be described in words. One is "FUGIO with a period" and the other is "FUGIO without a period" ...or... they could even be described as "blunt rays" and "sharp rays"! Does anyone have a FUGIO cent with a different die than the two dies shown here?
       Now for the surprise in the Cracker Jack Box (are you old enough to remember that?) Both the dies illustrated here are from a single FUGIO cent specimen! I know, I could fake it with my graphics editor but you are just going to have to trust me on this one. So here we have a real two head coin...even if the only head on it is the sun face! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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