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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: Property of GMM MintMaster
Link: The MintMaster's Hobo Tokens
Link: The MintMaster's Planchet Measurements Chart
Link: Documented In Wax!
Link: Captured In Wax!
Link: Escape From GMM: The Saga Begins
Enlargement scans available on WWW and ScrapBook CD-ROM. 
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400th Anniversary Medal
Elizabethan Renaissance Era 1589-1620
-by Royal Mint (RonLandis)

27-27.5mm by 3mm with plain edge

  • Property of GMM MintMaster
       The MintMaster has two flat drawers in an old fashioned cabinet that probably have a couple hundred coins and medals in them. Most are trial strikes of one form or another. A few are pieces that somehow just ended up on the bench and got tossed into this accumulation. One thing for sure...they are NOT FOR SALE! Not under any circumstances, not at any price and believe you me I tried on a couple pieces... repeatedly! So... the scans I am sharing with you here are as close as most of us are likely to come to these pieces in our lifetimes. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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J.T.Stanton TYPE 1 Token Struck In Silver
22.5mm by 2mm with plain edge
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"In God We Trust" Concept Dollar Pattern With Plain Edge
29.2mm by 3.4mm with plain edge
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1795 Half Eagle Struck In Copper
26mm by 2mm with reeded edge

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1992 OHNS "HOP ON" Hobo Token
22mm by 2mm with plain edge
  • The MintMaster's Hobo Tokens
       In the MintMaster drawers are a number of Hobo Tokens that aren't the ones being sold to the public by the Gallery Mint through their Collector's Update offerings. It turns out that one of GMM's good customers is the "Original Hobo Nickel Society" and there were some really COOL pieces created for those folks I can tell you.
       I am currently researching precisely what has been created for them and will report my results as soon as possible. In the meantime here are three pieces for your edification. The 1994 piece is a high relief prooflike strike and, as such, was difficult to scan...thus I am offering you two different views of the same piece so you can see as much detail as physically possible. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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1994 OHNS Hobo Token (light from above)
23mm by 3mm with plain edge
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1994 OHNS Hobo Token (light from below)
23mm by 3mm with plain edge
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1995 OHNS "ALL ABOARD" Hobo Token
23mm by 3mm with plain edge


  • The MintMaster's Planchet Measurements Chart
       Handmade planchet are variable at best but I knew there had to be target specifications someplace. Timothy gave me the following copper, silver and gold planchet information on my last trip to Eureka Springs. Where no data was provided I supplied an estimated value based on an average weight of struck specimens in my collection. I also added measurements for the 1995 Concept Dollar planchet in my collection.
    Measurements for the other Concept/Prototype planchets
    are requested from anyone who can help us document them.

       Remember that the diameters provided here are for planchets before any lettering, reeding or edge upsetting has been done...called "type 1" planchets by those folks who discuss such things. Also, the final diameter of struck pieces depend on a lot of variables. Ron told me that they have been known to "adjust" these type 1 planchet diameters in order to get a final struck coin that is of the desired size. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
Gallery Mint Museum Planchet Measurements
1787FugioCopperSmooth28.6(1.125)1.7(.068)Est. 10.7(.344)
17931/2cCopperLettered20.8(.819)2.5(.099)Est. 7.6(.244)
19951ConceptBrassLettered28.7(1.13)3.2(.125)Est. 17.3(.556)
25.4 millimeters per inch     31.1034768 grams per troy ounce


  • Documented In Wax!
       Only a few of GMM's dies have been cancelled in an interesting manner. Here is documentation of that cancellation captured in wax for the two dies I found particularly exciting.

Coin World Chain Cent

A Winning Missouri Lottery Ticket!
   This impression is from the cancelled obverse die for the 1793 Chain Cent that was used to produce the specimens struck as presents to the staff of coin world.
   Timothy created this single wax impression at my request. If I had been present when he did it I would have indicated a preference that it be created on flip inserts like the other wax impressions I saw at GMM. Such was not to be...and now that I have it I think it is kinda COOL. Wish the wax had been a bit thicker so the lettering didn't show through but "it is what it is" and it certainly is unique.

Strawberry Leaf Wreath Cent
Only four pieces struck!

Strawberry Leaves Above Date
   This impression is THE ONLY WAY I'll ever own anything vaguely connected to a Strawberry Leaf Wreath Cent. The detail didn't scan all that well so I made an effort to show you the Strawberry Leaves portion of the design and the RL/Mintmark punches which are part of the cancellation. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

Punches At 10:00 Position
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  • Captured In Wax!
       Some of GMM's dies may have been captured only in wax. The wax impressions you see here were not created for me but were gathered up by the MintMaster as they were generated during the normal work process of creating new dies. Wax impressions are normally taken because the die has not been hardened yet and can not be used to strike any metal without damaging the die.
       Presented here are three New Jersey Cent obverse dies that I will describe in more detail adjacent to the images. The color of the images have been altered drastically from the dark blue-green wax of the original or you would only see a dark blob on your monitor. To see something close to the true color you "click" to the enlargement scan of each wax impression itself.

Small Sized 1787 NJ Cent
   The first impression is of the die Ron created based on the size of the previous 1986 New Jersey cent he had produced. It is roughly 28.5mm in diameter and was never used in a production mode. I would consider it to be a pattern die although a rather unusual pattern because of the reason it was not used. Ron discarded this attempt when he found out that the size of the original coin was considerably larger...he had to start over from scratch. There are always reasons that a pattern die does not get used which is why it becomes a pattern. Reckon this "wrong size" reason is just as good as any.

Pattern 1787 NJ Cent
   The second impression is of a die that, as I undestand it, should be considered a failed attempt at making the correct sized 1787 New Jersey cent. It was engraved and the die hardened. Then for some reason Ron tried to modify the that process the temper was removed from the die. Whatever happened, the die is now so brittle that it could not be used to strike even the lightest and softest of materials. I tried to talk Ron into making just a uniface pewter impression of this die or even impressing it into a large aluminum token I had. He assured me that all we would accomplish is the collapse of the die. Neither of us wanted to risk a shattered die so that was the end of that.

1787 NJ Cent Before DieCrack
   The third impression is of the actual production die taken during the die creation process. Note that this was taken before the simulated die crack was added to the final die. There could not have been any pieces struck from the die at this point in the process. After all, that is why they were making wax impressions...the die had not been hardened yet so nothing could be struck from it.

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Deerhead / NewJerseyCent SBsubjects
Link:New Jersey Maris8F NJNS 1996 Auction
Link:Captured in Wax
Link:Nagy, Maris, NJNS Lot#7 And The Real GMM Deerhead
Link:A GMM Deerhead Tracked To Its Lair
Link:Landis Sample Featured In Coin World
Link:Once Upon A Time In Coin World

Remote Hosting For Enlargement Scans
   Please note...for the moment, instead of deleting the older enlargement scans as I thought I would have to do earlier, I have moved all of them offsite to a "Free Hosting" computer site. There are two significant disadvantages to this arrangement; 1) the "free" site has one have to wait for their advertising banners to load with the image you want to see and 2) when you return to the originating page my browser seems to go completely through the reloading process again which slows things down additionally. I figured most folks very seldom go to the enlargement scans so this payment in reduced speed is something we can live with in order to have access to them at all.
Remember...PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE! Too bad I have no virtures left. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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Summit Aviation 31mm Silver Medal

       What I don't know about Summit Aviation they could write books about (and probably have.) The one interesting thing I can tell you is that, while I was visiting with Ron Landis, he mentioned that he had gotten a telephone call (sometime in early October 2000 I believe.) The person making the call was asking about this Summit Aviation medal. They had found it in a Caribbean hotel and wondered what it was. I assume they tracked down Ron through the Gallery Mint Museum paper insert in the flip the medal was distributed in. After a bit of discussion it was determined that the motel was located near an airport and Ron assumed that one of Caroline's pilots had left it there. Not a terribly exciting story but a bit of local color as it were. Anyway... something else to watch for to add to your GMM/Landis collection. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
       Your GMM ScrapBook is great. My late husband Richard C. duPont, Jr. started Summit Aviation 41 years ago. Last year on our 40th Anniversary, I thought it would be appropriate to have enough (125-150) silver coins minted for Summit's loyal, hard working employees, customers, Board of Directors, family and special friends. At the same time there were four gold coins minted for the C.O.B., the President and two of the stockholders. Even though there are a few silver coins left they are not for sale. Caroline duPont Prickett...Mon, 4 Dec 2000 15:42:38

A Raymond Williams photograph.

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New Jersey Numismatic Society 700th Meeting Punch and Reverse Die
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A Raymond Williams photograph.

  • Escape From GMM: The Saga Begins
       So far I have heard rumors of five Landis dies in the hands of private individuals:
       1) New Jersey Numismatic Society medal
       2) Garden State Numismatic Association medal
       3) J.T.Stanton token
       4) 257th Medical Company "Asklepios" coin/medal
       5) Western Reserve Numismatic Coin Club counterstamp

    New Jersey Numismatic Society medal

    NJNS Medal

    Maris8F NJ Cent
       NJNS has the reverse die. Ron did NOT charge for the obverse die and he kept it. My coin was the model, not a transfer. My electro of the Parmelee coin is "coin turn". In reality, the genuine 8-F is "book turn" for the examples I have seen. Dennis Wierzba...Mon, 2 Oct 2000 19:46:57
       While it may be true that GMM kept the 1786 obverse NJNS die, you can tell from the differences in the horse's heads that they did not use it for their 1786 Maris8F New Jersey cents offered to the public. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
       I've been at two auctions where Gallery Mint dies were sold. The one for the GSNA medal sold for about $250 at a GSNA auction. The one for the NJNS medal sold at auction for about the same amount. Raymond Williams...Fri, 3 Nov 2000 23:22:14
       The NJNS dies were originally kept by the President of the New Jersey Numismatic Society. If I remember correctly, I believe that Dennis Wierzba was the Society member who made the contacts with Ron Landis to get the medal made. Raymond Williams...Sat, 2 Dec 2000 21:39:01

    Maris62.5 NJ Cent
       While I am working on New Jersey cent horse head images, this would be as good a place as any to show you nice closeups of the 1787 and 1788 horse's heads. If anybody finds dies that are different from the ones shown on this page PLEASE let me know. I recall a 1786 obverse die called "Deerhead" that was mentioned on Page11 in the subject New Jersey Maris8F NJNS 1996 Auction. The precise quote is: "LOT #7: Deerhead Obverse with NJNS Reverse Mule. This is the Deerhead obverse featured in Coin World. Presumable the only one made." I have no clue what that horse head really looks like. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
    GSNA Medal and
    Maris51g NJ Cent

       As far as the GSNA Medal, we decided to have one done by the Gallery Mint, after seeing the nice work done for NJNS. A lot of the GSNA Officers were (and are) members of NJNS. There were 201 medals struck...200 being in copper. At a later date, I sent the die back to the Gallery Mint to make a unique silver medal to present to Arno Safran, who was the outgoing president of the GSNA. His work for all the clubs in NJ was superhuman, and he did it for several decades. I had posession of the GSNA dies (as 2nd Vice President) and at one board meeting, it was decided to auction off the dies at the next GSNA Convention, with all the proceeds going to the club. This was done and the member who owns it belongs to the NJNS. Raymond Williams...Sat, 2 Dec 2000 21:39:01
       Ron has pointed out to me why there are dies that are no longer in the mint in Eureka Springs. I should have realized it but was caught up in the excitement of finding some dies outside GMM. Stop a moment and think about it Verne...whenever a GMM customer commissions Ron to make dies for them the dies BELONG to the client. Well DUH! about obvious! Some days are like fact they are coming closer and closer together anymore. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen...Fri, 8 Dec 2000 15:10:05
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