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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

2000
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Index
Links
Link: Leather Heaven Cow Skull Medals
Link: A Quartet From The GMM Brass Section
Link: Doe Dough Nipped In The Bud
Link: GMM Mobile Mini-Mint Debut At 1996 Collectors' Jubilee In Tulsa
Link: Compliments Of The Cookie Monster!
Link: Rings From Resizing Planchets
Link: Royal Mint Annual RenFest Medals
Enlargement scans available on WWW and ScrapBook CD-ROM. 
12/24
Click for Cow Skull enlargement

  • Leather Heaven Cow Skull Medals
       Cow skulls are certainly an unusual subject for medals in my limited experience. I had originally purchased a single cow skull medal, the Colorado medal below on the lower right, so when I saw four more I thought at first they were duplicates of the first medal. In my rush I did conclude that they were all slightly different from each other so I purchased the group. It occurred to me that some of them might be trial strikes or patterns but I had no time to study them closely.
    Click for Manor or Common Reverse enlargement

    Click for Minnesota, Scarborough or Colorado enlargement
       It turns out that they are all unique medals. In fact, all the cow skulls themselves are different from each other. These medals are all 32mm brass and the first four medals share a common reverse die. The Manor, Minnesota and Colorado medals have plain edges and medal die alignments. The Scarborough medal has an engrailed edge and coin die alignment.
    Can anyone help me put dates with these individual medals?

    Click for Texas Obverse or Texas Reverse enlargement
       The Texas medal has unique obverse and reverse dies. It has a plain edge and medal die alignment. All this makes me wonder how many more Leather Heaven medals are still out there to be discovered. The search is what makes collecting exciting...at least for this old man anyway. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

12/23

  • A Quartet From The GMM Brass Section
       Sometimes you are at the right place at the right time. That is the only way a person could reasonably expect to put this quartet together.
       Brass piece A is a 28mm type 2 planchet and brass piece B is a 29mm type 1 planchet for the GMM 1995 Concept Dollar. Brass piece C is a 28mm type 2 planchet made for a late period cold struck Royal Mint (Ron Landis/Joe Rust) medal. It is the planchet used to strike the "In God We Trust" pattern strike of the Concept Dollar with the infamous "moon and stars" edge. Brass piece D is a 28mm type 2 planchet made for an early period hot struck Royal Mint medal. It was almost certainly not used for any of the pattern strikes of the Concept Dollar. However, it is possible because there were planchets laying around the GMM workshop so a person should keep their eyes open just in case. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
       I was actually interested in your planchet "D". As I do have a concept struck on this planchet. I never understood why this concept had the funny edge and why it cracked out about the perimeter. I guess the heat treating for the potential hot striking hardened my planchet back in their preGMM days. This was the one piece that I did not understand, until now. Thanks for the Christmas Gift on Christmas! Lindy Stone...Mon, 25 Dec 2000 01:01:23

12/23
Click for DoeBrothers, Roscoe'sMusic, LeatherRose or DoeDough enlargement

A Complete Set of Doe Dough Cents!
The three tokens share the common reverse.

  • Doe Dough Nipped In The Bud
       As Joe mentioned to me, he and Ron were really pleased when they found out that they could turn a roll of fifty pennies into a fifty dollar bill. This was when they were playing music in bars for tips and the patrons would happily trade a $1 tip for a Doe Brothers cent.
       Of course, once the guys figured out that they could sell 1794/1994 Commemorative Dollar Medals at fifty dollars a pop they had no time left to worry about turning pennies into dollars. So, the Doe Dough project got set aside for other pursuits.
       I found a Doe Brothers cent after a few months searching. Then, when I went into Roscoe's Music Store in Eureka Springs, Roscoe would give me only a single Roscoe's Music cent. He wouldn't sell me ANY and only had three or four pieces left as far as I could tell. The really difficult piece to find was the Leather Rose cent. As far as I can ascertain, there will be no more Doe Dough cents in this series.
       These tokens are struck over early brilliant uncirculated wheat pennies. Because they are struck with a collar the edges are crisp, heavy and wonderful! Not in the least like the pennies they were struck from.
       The trolley car on the Doe Dough reverse is indicative of the Eureka Springs area since trolleys are the primary means of providing the tourists with access to the local attractions. One payment allows a person to ride all day as many times as they wish. The town was built into a very narrow mountain valley and there is extremely limited parking available for the flood of people who come to enjoy the area. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

12/22
Click for Obverse or Reverse enlargement

GMM's Mobile Mini-Mint Screw Press And Trial Die Strike Piece

  • GMM Mobile Mini-Mint Debut At
      1996 Collectors' Jubilee In Tulsa

       Now I have a most interesting tale to relate. In the May 1996 Gallery Mint Report, on page 8, in GMM Mobile Mini-Mint to debut at Collectors' Jubilee in Tulsa it says in part;
       We are proud to announce our first public presentation in many years. April 26, 27 and 28 Gallery Mint will appear at the 3rd annual Collectors' Jubilee at Expo Square, Tulsa State fairgrounds.
       We will provide a working exhibit that will demonstrate the production of a medalet to celebrate this event. The pewter piece depicts a juke box on the obverse in keeping with the 50's theme this year. The piece will also feature a lettered edge and will be available at the show.

       The pewter piece shown above is a trial strike on a very thin planchet from the show dies and not one of the show pieces described in the publication. What is not generally known is that the show dies were the second set of dies Ron created for the purpose. We have here another case of attempting something that was too massive for the technology. The small Mini-Mint screw press could not produce properly struck up medals from the first set of 25mm dies. So... AGAIN... Ron had to start over and he created a second set of 20mm dies to use at the show.
       Shown below, for the first time to my knowledge, are products from that first set of dies included in a presentation set of eight pieces struck in pewter, brass, copper and silver from both sets of dies. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

Click for PEWTER obverse, PEWTER reverse,
COPPER reverse, BRASS reverse or SILVER reverse enlargement


Collectors' Jubilee 25mm Original Die Presentation Set

Collectors' Jubilee 20mm Show Die Presentation Set

Click for PEWTER obverse, PEWTER reverse,
COPPER reverse, BRASS reverse or SILVER reverse enlargement

12/21

NOT! A Brockage Strike Specimen

  • Compliments Of The Cookie Monster!
       How do you eat an Oreo cookie? Everybody knows the answer to that one. You twist it in two and eat the stuff in the middle first.
       The apparent Lincoln Cent weird brockage of some sort shown above is the reverse impressions you get when you place a cent between two pewter planchets and strike the cookie, or sandwich if you prefer, in GMM's Mobile Mini-Mint. You are looking at only one side each of two pieces not both sides of a single piece.
       Below is the same sort of cookie created with a Rosevelt Dime. EMail:Gary Beedon had both these unusual pieces created at the 1996 Denver ANA Convention in the frenzy whirling around the GMM table. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
Click for HEADS or TAILS enlargement

Gary's NEAT Dime Cookie/Sandwich Tokens

12/20
Click for Obverse or Reverse enlargement

With this ring I thee... Whoops!
I have definitely fallen in love!

  • Rings From Resizing Planchets
       Now here is a REALLY COOL piece... every time I look at it I fall deeper in love with it! Ron had just finished engraving a die (I think it was for the 1998 Concept Dollars...I am checking to make certain) and needed planchets for trial strikes. According to Chuck Wishon, an eye witness, they dipped down into their junk box and pulled out some old discarded planchets which needed to be resized to work for the new dies. The ring shown above is one result of this resizing operation. You can see that it stuck on the hole punch and had to be cut off with a grinder. The hole in this ring is 25mm in diameter.
       Chuck told me that they had problems with the struck pieces hanging up in the collar so it certainly is possible that the thinner rings are a result of additional resizing operations attempting to get a planchet that would not expand too much and cause such problems. Sounds like most of my home projects...lots of trial and error!
       My biggest puzzle with this ring is why there was a large cent planchet made of brass floating around in GMM's junk box in the first place. The edge lettering is "ONE HUNDRED FOR A DOLLAR" so there is no mistake about that.
       Of even more historical significance is this fragile ring shown on the right. It was cut from one of the experimental planchets for the blind. This planchet may have been in the trash box with the large cent brass planchet. I'll admit that my ring isn't nearly as nice as the one I showed you previously but I sure am happy with it anyway. I know you can't tell anything from such a small picture...just click on it for a more reasonable sized scan.
       At the same time the first two rings were created the one shown here on the left was also produced. It is quite a bit more substantial than my fragile piece but has a plain edge. Nothing really spectacular here but it makes a nice addition to the set. Again...just click on the picture for a more reasonable sized scan. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

12/17

  • Royal Mint Annual RenFest Medals

    Click on ANY medal for enlargement

     

    1982

    1983

    1984

    1985

    1986

    1987

    1988

    1989

    1990

    1991

    1992
       Well... HERE IT IS! I thought I'd never get it put together. As far as I know this is a complete set of Ron Landis' Annual Renaissance Medals. So I can finally rest easy...right? Not so I'm afraid. Now I need to look for these in silver...they are out there someplace!
       These are all 32mm to 34mm brass pieces. From 1982 through 1988 they were HOT struck and from 1989 through 1992 they were COLD struck. The edges often vary within a specific year as well as between years...plain edges, engrailed edges and moon/star edges. Ron usually sold these pieces with a loop soldered into a hole drilled straight down into the edge at the top. With some regularity he misdrilled the hole and tossed the medal into the box where I got these pieces.
    RenFest Medal Obverse And Reverse Scans

    Larger Size..... Links: 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92
    SUPER Size..... Links: 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92

       I have no documentation to guide me so I have no clue if the reverses of all the medals shown here are their "regular" matching dies or not. It is possible some are trial strikes and it is also possible that Ron struck these with multiple reverses. Live and learn I reckon...that is what makes doing this interesting and worthwhile. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
    Click on ANY medal for enlargement

     

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