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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: 1788 New Jersey Maris51g Cent
Link: Why Do I Collect GMM Creations?
Link: ANA First Steam Press Medals
Link: View Of The Segovia Mint Coining Station
Link: Ron Landis "Carved Coin" Renaissance Jewelry
Link: Special American Numismatic Society Medal
Link: The Third Side Of A Coin/Medal
Enlargement scans available on WWW and ScrapBook CD-ROM. 
1997 Garden State Convention Medal

  • 1788 New Jersey Maris51g Cent
       I see no reason to attempt to restate what GMM has done so eloquently on their official website. So here is what they said...
    1788 New Jersey Maris51g
       This creation's obverse die was originally created by GMM for the Garden State Numismatic Association. The club's convention medal (shown above) is mated with a special reverse to celebrate their convention May 15-17, 1997. We are now offering a full reproduction of this rare variety that features a horse's head facing left. We hope to continue reproducing some of the more scarce varieties of this interesting series of Pre-Federal coinage.
       The Garden State Numismatic Association piece shown above just sold on eBay for $22 and it sure makes a neat addition to MY :-) GMM/Landis collection. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen


  • Why Do I Collect GMM Creations?
       Gallery Mint Museum creations have fired up my old acquisition genes over the last few years... guess it is the hunter/gatherer instinct buried down deep someplace in my DNA spiral. Either that or there is a crow or packrat in my family tree someplace because I sure like shiny stuff. I am an OLD slide rule vintage civil engineer, computer geek and Native Kansan who has retired and is learning to live on a fixed (read that as slowly spiraling downward) income. My life partner, Caroline, and I have successfully raised three professional adult daughters. For some forty years I have studied and collected Revolutionary Mexican coinage, the 1910-20 period. For eight years of that time, in the late 1970's and early 1980's, I published a quarterly journal on that specialty. I have wondered why the GMM creations appeal to me so much and the only thing I can come up with is that they are "real" not phony. They are real in the same way the emergency coinage of Revolutionary Mexico is...individual hand made works of art! If there is anything I love more than adding to my GMM/Landis collection, it is compiling and posting information on the WorldWideWeb about GMM and Ron Landis. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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circa1901 First Steam Press Medal

  • ANA First Steam Press Medals
       More news directly from GMM's Official website...
       On behalf of the ANA, Joe Rust, president of the Gallery Mint Museum, has refurbished and refitted the first steam press used by the U.S. Mint. Joe says, "It was a wonderful experience to work on this press that carries so much history with it. It's a fine machine and in wonderful working order."
       Ron Landis, chief engraver of the Gallery Mint Museum is hand-engraving new dies for the March 23, 2000, striking ceremony. Ron says, "I am using Christian Gobrecht's designs for the original medal struck on this press. The Liberty Cap will be unchanged on the obverse and only the wording will be changed on the reverse." The outer ring of the reverse will read: "U.S. Mint First Steam Coinage Press," while the inner circle of the medal will read "ANA Philadelphia Mar. 23," with the date 2000 at the bottom of the piece.
       The medals will be the same size as the pieces struck in 1836 - 27 mm. The ANA will produce no more than 20 medals in 22kt gold (approximately 25 grams) and 200 medals in .999 fine silver on a pre-order basis at a cost of $595 and $50 each, respectively. No more than 2,000 medals in 99.5 pure copper will be struck and sold for $18 each. Those attending the ceremony next March who have ordered a medal can activate the striking of their own piece. Proceeds from the sale of the pieces will be used to offset costs associated with refurbishing and moving the press.
       For more information about the March 23 striking ceremony or to order a medal, contact the ANA Education Department at 818 North Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903; telephone 719/632-2646; fax 719/634-4085; or visit the ANA web site at

       A copy of the circa1901 medal shown above recently sold on eBay for $6.50+$3sh. Here is what the Seller had to say about it: United States, First Steam press, restrike, this piece was made from copied dies, but produced by the United States Mint using modern machinery sometime after 1901. This piece has the characteristic matte finish as all large United States Mint medals have had since the production of such was initiated just after 1901. This piece was not produced on the First Steam press, but on later mint machinery. A great item for ANA members. The perfect exonumia to accompany your medal struck on the press as displayed at the 109th ANA convention in Philadelphia. EMail:Wake Forest Coins...Sat, 19 Aug 2000 19:08:38
       I recall that the ANA striking didn't come off precisely as planned but GMM came to the rescue in good time and got the pieces struck eventually. I know I got my silver piece (shown above.) EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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  • View Of The Segovia Mint Coining Station
       I found these neat sketches in my wanderings through hyperspace and am placing them here for your enjoyment. I have seen some brief description of Ron's participation in the Segovia Mint restoration/museum project. You can read about the mint itself at and when/if I find additional details I will add it to this ScrapBook Subject. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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  • Ron Landis "Carved Coin" Renaissance Jewelry
       I found a vendor on the WWW who is offering twelve different pieces of jewelry attributed to Ron Landis. They call their pieces cast reproductions of carved coins. I had assumed that Ron carved the original coins for these folks but now I am thinking that perhaps Ron made the host coins/medals. Wonder what the host coins/medals for these pieces looked like? At this writing I have several EMail messages out trying to acquire more details about these pieces. When/if I do so, I'll replace all this muttering with some real facts. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

Ron Landis Busy Creating Joe Rust Busy Striking

  • Special American Numismatic Society Medal
       I understand these are shots of Ron and Joe creating and striking a special medal at the 1997 American Numismatic Society conference, November 8-9, 1997. It sure would be neat if I had a scan of the "special medal" that was created. Perhaps someone can expand on this slim amount of information. At least we can see why Ron and Joe are always so busy (when they should be making new creations in Arkansas.)
       I found the following description of the demonstration where the above pictures were taken.
       NOVEMBER 1997: COINAGE OF THE AMERICAS CONFERENCE, NEW YORK, NY. A day long die-engraving demonstration was given by Virginia Janssen of the Small Reliefs Studio and Ron Landis of the Gallery Mint Museum as part of the American Numismatic Society's annual conference. Janssen presented an engraving demonstration as well as a slide presentation outlining the process of creating a medallion from an original plaster model. For this particular demonstration, Janssen created a sculpted obverse which was then made into a die to be struck with Landis' reverse. These unique "tokens" were then struck at the conference and distributed to those attending the demonstration. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
       I just found a second more complete description of the demonstration which I am posting here for your edification.
       ANS WORKSHOP AND DEMONSTRATION. On Sunday, November 9, many of the participants reassembled for a workshop and demonstration on the techniques of medal production. The morning began with a showing of the film "The Medal Maker." Originally produced by the ANS in 1929, the film has been recently restored by Mike Craven, a California film restorer. It is available from Craven Home Videos, Box4012, Hollywood, CA 90078. An earlier version of the restoration was shown at the ANS last February at the Saltus Award Meeting, and the final release reflects the comments of those who viewed it then. The showing of the video this time was introduced by Dick Johnson, who did the research and wrote the script of the voice-over delivered by former U.S. Mint Chief Engraver Elizabeth Jones.
       Virginia Janssen then opened the workshop with a slide presentation comparing the processes recorded in the film with other techniques of die preparation, including direct die engraving as taught by the Scuola dell'Arte della Medaglia of the Roman Mint, where she received her training. She illustrated her discussion with stages in the preparation of a die for a medal to be struck to commemorate the conference itself. Her side of the medal plays on the name Coinage of the Americas with the conjoined images of the head of the Statue of Liberty with an Aztec carved head showing comparable characteristics. Janssen carved the image and lettering in a plaster model to produce a final epoxy disc, which was transferred to a die using the Janvier lathe process.
       The presentation was then taken up by Ron Landis, Chief Engraver of the Gallery Mint Museum in Eureka Springs, AR, who used a video of his workshop to explain the techniques of die engraving with the use of punches which he used for making the other side of the special medal, which features conjoined eagles. He continued the demonstration with other aspects of die engraving and made a letter punch and part of a die at the request of members of the audience. He was assisted by the Gallery Mint Museum's Coiner Joe Rust, who illustrated the entire process of medal making from the pouring of ingots, through the rolling and blanking process, and the lettering of planchet edges. He concluded by striking specimens of the special medal for those in attendance on their reconstructed version of an eighteenth-century screw press.
       The demonstrations by Janssen, Landis, and Rust were accompanied by lively questions and discussions by the other participants in the workshop, which touched on many points relating to the study of ancient and modern coinage as well as medals. The models and dies used in the creation of the special medal were donated to the Society's collection, where they can be used to illustrate the processes.

       The American Numismatic Society collection catalog entry on this special medal can be viewed at Link:1998.29.1 and it gives a brief description as: Obverse Type: statue of Liberty|Mexican head, Obverse Legend: COINAGE.OF.THE.AMERICAS.CONFERENCE.1997, Reverse Type: two eagles, feet at 6 and 12 respectively, Reverse Legend: THE MEDAL IN AMERICA A.N.S. and Edge: GALLERY.MINT.GALLERY.MINT. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

    Text and images courtesy of the American Numismatic Society


  • The Third Side Of A Coin/Medal
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    OK now... Who is paying attention? Ron Landis pays a considerable amount of attention to detail as we all know. He also likes the edges of his creations. This piece has both "GALLERY MINT" and GMM's screw press mintmark on it.
       Tell me which of GMM's creations this edge belongs to and I'll give you credit for sharp eyes right here in hyperspace! It is always possible that more than one issue has this edge...if so then we will all learn something new in this endeavor. (Employees and family of GMM please keep your hands in your pockets.) EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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