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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: Ouch!...that had to hurt!!
Link: Elect J.T.Stanton For ANA In 1995
Link: Genuine CHOICE 1796 C2 w/pole HalfCent
Link: Parent Of Science & Indust:Liberty
Link: Half Eagle Doubled Die Reverse
Link: COIN WORLD Staff 1793 ChainCent
Link: ...nor are they from New Haven!
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1804 Draped Bust Proof Dollar

  • Ouch!...that had to hurt!!
       I asked GMM to send me anything they had laying around in their boxes that they might take with them and offer to the public on their table at conventions since I never get to attend.
       When this piece arrived it ALMOST went right back. My first impression was that somebody had taken a perfectly good proof coin and sliced it in half. I use the word sliced purposefully after studying the webpage Link:Manufacturing Processes Definitions Summary from Cornell University. Cutting implies removal of metal by one method or another and shearing doesn't seem to apply here either. Based on Cornell's documentation, slicing seems to best describe what was done here. Words with emotional content, such as; desecrate, defile, ravage, mutilate, vandalize and brutalize, while definitely applicable here, are not really useful to this discussion. If you know a better way to define this then PLEASE contact me.
       After close scrutiny it is clear that the planchet was split before being struck. The close-up at right shows the misalignment of the two halves at the time of striking. Additionally, the edge lettering was almost obliterated on those ends that stuck out the furtherest on both sides of the die. Perhaps they were forced against a collar or something similar. I plan on learning about this at the source next weekend and I will let you know. No...I'm not excited about making the pilgrimage to Eureka Springs...not much I'm not! Hope I don't have to approach on my knees as they don't work too good anymore...once I'm down I'm quite likely to stay down. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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  • Elect J.T.Stanton For ANA In 1995
       The Stanton tokens were made by Ron Landis at GMM for me during my campaign for the ANA Board in 1995. The obverse was my profile (obviously) and the reverse the ANA lamp of learning. There were two different reverse dies used. The first one had the lamp larger than the second one and was only used for a minimum number of strikes. The reason for the change was in the way it struck up. Ron didn't like the way the Reverse I die struck, so he changed it so that the strike would be better.
       There were 1,000 brass and 500 copper 22.5mm tokens struck using the Reverse II die. There were 12 struck silver pieces, and two hammered silver pieces on extra thick blanks. It also seems to me that he struck a few pieces over buffalo nickels. The copper and brass were for me to pass out to prospective voters, and anyone else who wanted one. The silver were made for me to give to a few special people. EMail:J.T.Stanton...Thu, 5 Oct 2000 09:13:29

       J.T. tells me that he has more copper than brass specimens in his token remainders and that all have Reverse II. Accordingly, he is willing to provide them to you at $10 each for the copper, $15 each for the brass and $20 for a pair of copper and brass (as long as the brass lasts of course.) These prices include the postage and handling so J.T. certainly isn't going to get rich on this deal! Contact information: Link:Stanton Books & Supplies, Inc. Box15477, Savannah, GA 31416 * Voice:912-355-1976 * 800-828-8306 * Fax:912-355-3399 * *
       Please observe that Ron added the neat Gallery Mint Museum mintmark, which we have all come to know and love, to Reverse II when he replaced Reverse I. I hope you appreciate this opportunity to get another of GMM's creations as much as I do. I'm here to tell you that tracking down any of GMM's creations that are not on their Collector's Update pricelist offerings can be a real challenge.
       Thought you might be interested to learn that these tokens were struck with "coin" die alignment generally but I did find a single brass piece that had "medal", also called "book", die alignment. Does that mean there was more than one "production run" of the brass pieces? Having to reinsert the dies for another run is the only thing that occurs to me at the moment that would cause a change in the die alignments. I suppose the "medal" alignment piece could have been struck as a die trial before the main production run. I hope to learn more when I visit GMM next weekend. :-) EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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  • Genuine CHOICE 1796 C2 w/pole HalfCent
    GMM Proof HalfCent
       eBay strikes again! As I write this there is a 1796 w/pole HalfCent being offered with a minimum opening bid of $7,995. I reckon that everybody is entitled to their own opinion but, historical significance aside, this piece would not be CHOICE in my collection. I liked the New Haven Fugio Cent Restrike better, but what the heck do I know! Here is your chance for a genuine 1796 half cent to compliment all those copies in your GMM collection.
       1796 C2 w/pole half cent, genuine & CHOICE! Offered by Shawn A. Yancey of The Collector's Coin Company, EAC #4647. The coin offered is a 1796 C2 half cent, which is the with-pole variety. The coin is a split grade G4/PR1 that I have netted as a CHOICE AG3. The obverse has full details, including the date, but the reverse shows only part of the wreath and legend. The coin has nice, medium brown color and a very smooth planchet. This coin was purchased from Heritage, and since Heritage has guaranteed the coin as genuine to me, I will guarantee the coin as genuine to you. This is the rarest date in the half cent denomination. Oct 2000 06:09:27
       Of course, if you only have pocket change and can't swing eight grand, then I suggest you consider either one of the two following rare large cents at minimum opening bids of $1,250 each. 1794 and where have I seen those large cent dates recently? EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

       1794 S18a - R6+ head of 1793 large cent! Offered by Shawn A. Yancey of The Collector's Coin Company, EAC #4647. The coin offered is a 1794 S18a, head of 1793 large cent, currently an R6+ variety. This coin has FR2 details with some reverse pitting, so I have netted it to an average PR1. This coin was purchased from an NTL auction, and the attribution points are clear. In addition to being the rare head of 1793 Redbook variety, this coin is an incredibly rare Sheldon variety, listed as an R6+ in the latest edition of CQR. An incredibly rare coin that only a copper lover will appreciate. Oct 2000 06:19:28

       1796 NC4 draped bust large cent, R5+ Offered by Shawn A. Yancey of The Collector's Coin Company, EAC #4647. The coin offered is a 1796 NC4 draped bust large cent, reverse of 1796, R5+. The coin exhibits VG8 details, but it is black in color from light corrosion, and it has some rim dings. I have net graded the coin to G5. This is a very rare variety that has been given an "NC" designation because Sheldon speculated that there were so few in existence that this variety would be "non-collectible" to the average collector. So, here is your chance to add an "NC" to your collection! Oct 2000 06:22:58

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Chris Victor-McCawley Storecard

  • Parent Of Science & Indust:Liberty
       Chris sent me a series of C.V.M. Storecards, ten 39mm copper medals issued from 1993 through 1999 (see Chris Victor-McCawley Storecards ScrapBook Subject on Page5.) As a bonus he included the neat 27mm copper shown above.
       Chris specializes in U.S. HalfCents, LargeCents and Colonials. I have a lot to learn about early American Numismatics, but this piece seems clearly based on the bust of the 1792 Silver Center Cent. All I really know is I like the piece...THANKS Chris! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
       Here is another storecard...Abbott's this time. These storecards are struck by Link:The Patrick Mint, EMail:Jesse Patrick, Box3486, Santa Rosa, CA 95402 (707)538-7485. He strikes them with a generic obverse, several different styles, and your message on the reverse on a copper plated zinc planchet like the US Mint. Jesse's webpage indicates that 1,000 storecards were struck for both McCawley and Abbott's. It also shows another 1,000 Abbott's issue with a 1793 Half Cent obverse.
       Jesse is an accomplished numismatic researcher and author...check out: Link:An Interesting 1796 Bust Half Dollar. The lead-in to this fine article is as follows: The following article appeared in the John Reich Journal. I wrote it because I was the only person who had all of the pieces to this puzzle and realized what a great coin story it was. The piece in question is quite a dangerous forgery and although I've on more than one occasion heard light made of its ability to deceive, I would caution anyone in that regard. Most probably such people simply like to reassure themselves by uttering such nonsense. EMail:Jesse Patrick.
       Again the information that is out there in hyperspace is astounding. The Patrick Mint webpage has been there for several years but unless you are directed to it, or happen to stumble over it, a person could wander aimlessly like I was doing and never learn about it. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen...Sun, 8 Oct 2000, 00:13:33
    Abbott's Storecard

Regular Issue Proof 1795 HalfEagle
...NOT the doubled die specimen described below...

Half Eagle
   In the December 1996 Gallery Mint Report, on page 8, in Errors Column it says;
   This is an error that occurred here while trying to clone a new die from a previously used coining die. Towards the end of the run of our 1795 half eagle reproductions, our reverse die was collapsing and needed to be replaced. We used the retired proof die to make a positive hub which was in turn used to create a new working die complete with lettering, dentils, and all. On our first attempt, we accidentally doubled a working die, and sat it on Joe's workbench, where it was discovered by Mike Ellis, a visiting error and variety specialist and current president of CONECA.
   Mike talked us into hardening the die and striking one for him. While we were at it, we went ahead and made two more for giggles and then canceled the die after these three were struck.
   This error is just one of the oddities that will be available through silent auction bid board at the upcoming FUN convention in Orlando FL., (See show calender for exact date.) If you are interested in acquiring this piece but can't attend the show, send your bid here to Gallery Mint sometime between now and January.
   By the way, we do not intend to hub total dies like this in the future so as to stay closer to the techniques actually used to create the originals. Since we are not really set up to do this properly, it really didn't save any time, and required extensive repunching and hand work to sharpen the details. Mintage of the uncirculated 1795 half eagle reproductions totals 564, (including the 3 doubled die reverses.)
EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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COIN WORLD Staff Presentation Proof

  • COIN WORLD Staff 1793 ChainCent ...or...
    Hard To Believe Both Photos Are Same Coin

       The photo above is the first scan of this specimen that EMail:Cliff sent me (see EARLY GMM ChainCent Comes To Light ScrapBook Subject on Page9.) He wanted me to "replace" it with the photo shown below. It IS his coin so I pretty much had to do as he asked but I had fallen in love with the first scan, probably because this was my first encounter with this wonderful specimen, and had to figure out some way to sneak it back in...sorry Cliff. :-)
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       In the meantime I have found out a bit more about the specimen. In addition to being different dies than the standard ChainCent issue, it was purposefully struck with "medal" (also called "book") die alignment. It was struck by GMM in 1995 in appreciation for Coin World's coverage of GMM, apparently this coverage put GMM "on the map", and was given as gifts to the Coin World staff. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
       I was on staff when Ron Landis and Joe Rust sent the Chain cent replicas in question. I know that I have one in my collection at home and that most or all staff members at the time received one. I cannot tell you how many current staff members still have examples (not all staff members collect coins), and there are a number of those received the replicas who no longer work here. Nor do I recall the number actually sent to us. A few pieces remain within a Coin World collection. EMail:William T. Gibbs...Tue, 26 Sep 2000 17:00:51 News Editor, COIN WORLD, Box150, Sidney, OH 45365-0150 (800)673-8311

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New Haven FUGIO CENT Restrike...circa 1850

  • ...nor are they from New Haven!
    GMM Proof FUGIO
       It never ceases to amaze me what one can find on eBay. As I write this there is a PCGS slabbed AU50 "New Haven FUGIO Cent Restrike", circa 1850, being offered with a minimum opening bid of $325. Now... I freely admit that, while the GMM restrikes are wonderful, there is something about holding a specimen, restrike or not, that has existed for 150 years. I am virtually overwhelmed but I'm not bidding against you so feel free to "have at it." (Lots of negative cash flow this month while being left unsupervised because my wife is out of town.)
       Anyway... I got curious and ran a search on the WorldWideWeb. Man did I ever hit paydirt. The depth of information I found on a University of Notre Dame website just boggles my simple mind. The detail is absolutely unbelievable...check it out! The following clip off one of their webpages is just one minute sample.
    Their website is FANTASTIC!!! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

    Link:Coin and Currency Collections
    in the Department of Special Collections
    University of Notre Dame Libraries

    Link:The Fugio Cent of 1787
    by EMail:Louis Jordan
    Some Fugio dies were produced in the 1850's probably at the Scovill mint in Waterbury, Connecticut and probably at the request of the numismatist and lawyer, Charles I. Bushnell. The Scovill Manufacturing Company had been a major supplier of Hard Times Tokens as well as a producer of various buttons and small metal objects. There is no evidence as to the origin of the Fugio dies but it is known that Bushnell had the Scovill Company produce several fantasy colonial items for him in the 1850's. According to a notice in the American Journal of Numismatics from January of 1873 (on p. 72) three sets of Fugio dies were acquired by Horatio N. Rust in 1858, one die was acquired in Bridgeport and five others were from New Haven. These were, of course, the dies created at the Waterbury mint. It is not known if Rust was part of the deception or if he genuinely thought the dies were original Fugio dies. According to the journal notice Rust used these dies to strike off three to four hundred copies of the Fugio cent in copper as well as some in silver and gold at the Scovill mint in Waterbury. In the past these copies were incorrectly associated with some fantasy tokens created by the teenage C. Wyllys Betts in New Haven. It was thought Betts had located some original dies and used them to made some restrikes. From this mistaken attribution the Fugio copies have become known as the "New Haven Restrikes." However, they were minted in Waterbury, from new dies created in Waterbury. Thus they are not restrikes from the original dies, nor are they from New Haven! Related to this is an item thought to have been a pattern used in the creation of the Fugio hub. This is now considered to be a fantasy piece created by Bushnell in the 1850s.

    From The Fugio Cent of 1787 - Introduction in the website The Coins of Colonial and Early America by Louis Jordan, Department of Special Collections, University of Notre Dame.
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