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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: Will The Real Proof Please Stand Up?
Link: An Exceptionally Rewarding Experience
Link: 1787 Brasher Doubloons
Link: Thinking Outside The Box
Link: 1796 HalfCent Silver Overstrikes
Link: High Relief MercuryHead and IndianHead Dies
Link: High Relief Tokens Struck
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  • Will The Real Proof Please Stand Up?
       When I told Ron Landis I had purchased a proof 1795 Half Eagle he became immediately concerned and told me that toward the end of the uncirculated production run the specimens came out exceptionally "prooflike" so I should check the piece to be certain. I too became immediately concerned because I had paid a significant premium for my specimen since it was attributed as a Proof strike but did not come with the flip insert with the proof number stamped on it. Since I didn't have it with me I couldn't ask Ron to check it for me.
    Can anyone tell me how to tell
    the Proof die from the Uncirculated die?

       I am assuming there are distinct differences between the two dies. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen


  • An Exceptionally Rewarding Experience
       I purchased a silver 1787 New Jersey Maris51g piece (shown above) from a gentleman on the East Coast expecting a "normal" specimen. When it arrived I was elated to discover that it was an extremely late strike with numerous CUDs on both obverse and reverse dies. So immediately I started wondering if this was a special circumstance...such a late die strike. Perhaps this was a strike made after the normal production run of copper pieces.
       THEN...the sort of experience that happens far too seldom in a person's lifetime. A corresponding friend sent me a gift of a copper specimen (shown below) struck from the dies in the identical late die state. It was one of two pieces he purchased in the secondary market. He bought both pieces the dealer had because, in his opinion, they were so beautiful. I TOTALLY agree with his assessment. Thanks my friend! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen


  • 1787 Brasher Doubloons
       An extract from my copy of "A Guide Book Of United States Coins", p.44 51st Edition 1998 by R.S.Yeoman would be most useful here.
       Perhaps the most famous pieces coined before establishment of the U.S. Mint at Philadelphia were those produced by the well-known goldsmith and jeweler, Ephraim Brasher, who was a neighbor and friend of George Washington, in New York.
       The Brasher made gold pieces weighed about 408 grains and were valued at $15 in New York currency. The unique 1787 gold half doubloon is struck from doubloon dies on an undersized planchet that weighs half as much as the larger coins.

       Yeoman goes on to tell us that the unique half doubloon is in the Smithsonian Collection and that the unique doubloon with EB punch on breast sold in a 1981 Garrett Sale for $625,000. Interestingly enough the doubloon with the EB punch on wing sold in a 1979 Garrett Sale for $725,000 so being a unique specimen doesn't always make it the most valueable piece.
       Speaking of being unique... the half doubloon shown above has a "RL" punch instead of emulating the regular "EB" punch. Ron Landis recalls making one special piece like this for a collector who still has his piece. There is no documentation on how this piece got made but it has a certificate of authenticity numbered #101. There is no question that it came from GMM and now it is in my GMM/Landis collection. :-) I also purchased the doubloon with the "EB" on the wing off eBay yesterday while the other doubloon with the "EB" on the breast went to another GMMnut. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen


  • Thinking Outside The Box

       "What if I took a struck dime...?" I can just see the wheels turning in Cliff's head. I can almost hear them all the way from Portland clear out here in Kansas. This is what makes collecting FUN!

       "...and laid it face down on a blank cent planchet?" Now we all know. What a beautiful pi鑓e de caprice (my newly acquired word for the day!) Cliff did some really creative thinking here with an inspirational twist. Like all great ideas it is simple after somebody else thinks of it! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

Sterling Silver Canadian George V Quarter

  • 1796 HalfCent Silver Overstrikes
    1934 Washington Quarter
       I have known Ken Potter for more years than either of us would care to admit so when he offered to send me an approval shipment of Gallery Mint Museum creations for my perusal I REALLY should have taken him up on it! But...I was tired from my pilgrimage to Eureka Springs and was preparing to go to California and spend BIG BUCKS marrying off our eldest daughter. So...I apologized and passed on the offer.
       Now Ken has placed three wonderful silver overstruck Quarters on eBay and it is too late for yours truely to add them to his GMM/Landis collection. Here is what Ken says about the three outstanding specimens. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
       Gallery Mint 1796 Half Cent "OverStrike" Struck on a...
    1) Sterling Silver Canadian George V Quarter
    2) 1934 Washington Quarter
    3) Flipped Over Washington Quarter
       These Gallery Mint Reproductions of the 1796 Half Cent are Overstruck on Canadian and United States Quarters. Make no mistake - these are not error coins, but fascinating pi鑓es de caprice created at the whim of the Gallery Mint several years ago for a collector that sold me his collection. The word "COPY" appears neatly within the upper wreath. These are really neat items for the collector of errors on coins where such an error does not really exist. EMail:Ken Potter...Wed, 8 Nov 2000 19:34:34
Flipped Over Washington Quarter

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  • High Relief MercuryHead and IndianHead Dies
       The 1999 Omaha National Token And Medal Show token obverse die trial specimen above is hot struck silver with medal die alignment and paired with one of Ron's neat Gallery Mint Museum seal dies.
       The 1999 Milwaukee Numismatic Society piece first below is hot struck silver, the 1999 Arkansas Numismatic Society piece second below is pewter and the 1999 Good For $5 In Trade token in the previous ScrapBook subject is nickel. All three pieces were struck with coin die alignments. Now all I gotta do is find an example of this die in copper. Anybody got some extra gold? ;-) EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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  • High Relief Tokens Struck
       Coins are not high relief primarily because of the need to stack them. Tokens can be high relief if the dies and equipment are up to the high striking pressures necessary to create the pieces. Ron came up with his own solution and the results are simply stunning! The token design itself contains elements that force the planchet metal into the high relief areas of the opposing die. Here are two such creations that I am totally enamored with.
       The 1999 Omaha National Token And Medal Show token, shown above, was struck over Lincoln cent pieces with medal die alignment in August 1999...100 pieces were created. The 1999 Gallery Mint Good For $5 In Trade token, shown below, was struck over Jefferson nickel pieces with coin die alignment in August 1999...50 pieces were created.
       My corresponding friend EMail:Doug sent us a scan many months ago showing a brass die trial strike of the Omaha NTAMS token but it was not struck up enough to read the OMAHA on the reverse. Sure is great to find the regular issue piece so that we now know more about Doug's piece, shown at right.
       I know of other GMM/Landis creations that use both of these high relief obverse dies and I will show you in the next ScrapBook subject. However, none of them use this particular "design element" solution to attain sharp high relief strikes. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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