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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
ScrapBook Subjects
Page
Index
Links
Link: One Hundred For A Dollar?
Link: Two Small Gems
Link: And That's A -30-
Link: A Start On The HalfCent Dies
Link: 1796 Draped Bust Dollar Trials And Proofs
Link: 1796 Draped Bust Dollar Uncirculated Issues
Link: The Ever Popular 1793 Liberty Cap Cents
Enlargement scans available on WWW and ScrapBook CD-ROM. 
12/31

Silver Concept Dollar

  • One Hundred For A Dollar?
       I don't hardly think so!!! But I LOVE these pieces made from GMM's standard coin reproduction planchets. And I thought my coin ring cut off a BRASS One Cent planchet was COOL! Here we have a SILVER One Cent planchet struck with the Concept Dollar dies! WOW!!! I'm bright green...you guessed it...it isn't mine. I trust we all agree that this is a really WONDERFUL piece. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

12/30
Click for Obverse or Reverse enlargement

1994 METROPOLITAN COIN CLUB of ATLANTA
Click for Obverse or Reverse enlargement

ANA 1997 SUMMER CONFERENCE

  • Two Small Gems
       One of the most difficult GMM creations to locate in my experience is any of their counterstamps on host coins. I know they are out there and sometimes by the thousands ...but... they are scattered and there is no source for them just like there is no source for GMM's pewter show tokens.

    Shown here on the left and right are enlargements of
    just the counterstruck areas from the two pieces.

       The Atlanta piece shown above is struck on a 25.5mm copper planchet with GMM's bar and vine Chain Cent edge which makes me value it all the more.
       The ANA piece shown above is struck on a 1958 Lincoln Wheat Cent so that is very COOL too. Here is a more informed commentary on this beautiful little gem of a counterstamp: 1793 BU Liberty Cap New Style Cents were counter stamped with "Summer Conference" and a tiny rendition of Pike's Peak on obverse and "ANA 1997" and a tiny Lamp of Knowledge on reverse. These were done as a special giveaway by the GMM for the American Numismatic Association's 1997 Summer Seminar. Special dies were made for the event and were used to counterstamp many items, mostly 1997 Lincoln Cents. This was done because the GMM was too busy to bring the mini-mint to the Summer Seminar as they were too busy working on the dollar prototypes. Only 395 items total were counterstamped using these dies and even more significantly only 25 of the 1793 Liberty Cap Cents were used! The dies were then destroyed. Mike Ellis...circa April 1999

    I am especially interested in expanding what little I know about the counterstamps made by GMM.
    If you have ANYTHING that would help me on this quest PLEASE EMail me.
    EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

12/27
Click for
Cliff Bolling Date Area


First Proof
High "7"
Click for
Cliff Bolling Date Area


Second Proof
Reworked First Proof



Third Proof
Low "7"

  • And That's A -30-
       Well... I avoided the GMM Quarters until the very end because I knew that the guys at GMM had difficulties with the dies. So, I expected a flurry of dies in the Czapla manuscript. It turns out that there were considerably fewer dies documented than I expected. I do not have any clue as to the completeness of his research on GMM's 1796 quarters. I present here the dies he did publish in order to save as much of his work as I can.
       First I want to provide enough information so you have a chance of telling the First Proof from the Second Proof. Here is what Mr. Czapla says by way of explaination: The die used on the First Obverse was reworked. The hair strands at the top of Liberty's head below 'BERTY' were recut and slightly rerouted. Resurfacing the die resulted in the partial loss of the hair curl below the 'B'. The spit curl is bolder. Heavy recutting of the hair curls and strands can also be seen adjacent to the bottom left two stars. Michael L. Czapla, III...circa 1997. Here are three side-by-side comparison scans that may be of some help: Click for Cliff Bolling Date Areas, Liberty Areas or Full Coins.
       Now then... I have NOT stripped the Czapla manuscript of all its content. In fact, I have only extracted for you perhaps 10% of the information contained there-in. There are full pictures of the obverse dies (where I showed you only a small clip of the date area), full pictures of the reverse dies, detailed descriptions of every die, specifics on which obverses were known to be mated with which reverses, dates and number struck, counts of dentils, descriptions of the field finish, side-bars with COOL information, etcetera.
       An example of one such sidebar about the Third Proof 1796 Quarter is: Smaller diameter planchets were used to strike the last 60 proofs, which brought the final proof mintage up to 1,000. By using smaller thicker planchets, less striking pressure was needed thereby restricting the amount of outward medal flow, causing the small style dentils to appear short. With these proofs only, the word 'COPY' was added by hand, to an otherwise non-copy die. Michael L. Czapla, III...circa 1997
       Sadly, there are entire GMM coin issues that he never got a chance to cover and the guys at GMM have "moved on" producing new dies and new products. The Czapla manuscript pulled up short for obvious reasons. I don't think anyone will ever be up to the task of publishing a really comprehensive publication covering all dies and die combinations created by the Gallery Mint Museum artisans.
       Anytime you see green text or a green border around an image you should give credit to Mr. Czapla for his scholarship and hard work. I am just following in his footsteps. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
Click for
Cliff Bolling Date Area


First Uncirculated
"1" over "1"
Jun25,1996->



"1"
Closeup
 
Click for
Cliff Bolling Date Area


Second Uncirculated
16 Stars
1,298 Struck
Click for
Cliff Bolling Date Area


Third Uncirculated
 
 
Click for
Cliff Bolling Date Area


Fourth Uncirculated
Apr25-June1997
 

12/26

First Proof
Round Tail "7"
Dec4,1996-Mar27,1997

Second Proof
Thin Back "7"
Apr1-May30,1997

Third Proof
High "9"
June16-26,1997

Uncirculated
Long Tail "7"
Dec1996->


  • A Start On The HalfCent Dies
       I hated to throw away anything Mr. Czapla did because of the hard work he clearly put into it. I skipped over the HalfCents to start with because they are so incomplete...but, as my Mama always says, "Half a loaf is better than none!"
       My memory tells me that the 1796 "no pole" HalfCents were done about the time of the Portland convention in 1998...at least the first die strikes were distributed then and the second, production, die was finished shortly afterwards. Since both the "with pole" and "no pole" HalfCents are still in production I wouldn't be the least suprised if there aren't several more dies that are as yet undocumented in these pages.
       Anytime you see green text or a green border around an image you should give credit to Mr. Czapla for his scholarship and hard work. I am just following in his footsteps. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen



Proof
Jun1997->



Uncirculated
Jun1997->
Click for
Cliff Bolling Full Coin


Burned Die
 

12/25



First Trial
Large Stars



Second Trial
Small Stars
Click for
Cliff Bolling Date Area


Third Trial
Small Date/Letters

  • 1796 Draped Bust Dollar Trials And Proofs
       According to Mr. Czapla the dollar trials shown above, from the rejected first designs, are all extremely rare. I'd like to see the mintage records for the time after Mr. Czapla finished with them. It is likely that we could learn a LOT from such a research effort.
       As stated in the Gallery Mint Report, Ron Landis produced several obverse and reverse dies of the Liberty Drape Bust Dollar and needed a clear photograph of the edge design. No reference could be found in the Gallery Mint's library. Ron contacted Brad Karoleff who directed him to David Perkins, a specialist of early dollars. After viewing a few originals through a microscope, Ron realized that he missed some detail in his version of the eagle. The feathers on the original eagle each had individual quills and fine hairlines and each row of feathers were uniform with sharp overlaps. Ron's first designs lacked these intricate details. The portrait of Liberty was also reworked along with the size of the stars, numerals and letters. An accurate version of the Drape Bust Dollar was finally placed in production on October 29th, 1996. Michael L. Czapla, III...circa 1997
       Anytime you see green text or a green border around an image you should give credit to Mr. Czapla for his scholarship and hard work. I am just following in his footsteps. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen



First Proof - 14 Stars
Dec9-11,1996



Second Proof - 15 Stars
Dec12,1996-Mar12,1997
Click for
Cliff Bolling Date Area


Third Proof
Mar17,1997->

12/25

Third Uncirculated
Mar12-14,1997

Started life as
Second Proof

Going...
Mar19,1997

...Going...
Aug25-Oct1,1997

...GONE!
Oct1-4,1997
Click for Shattered Dollar enlargement

Shattered Die Set Discarded Oct23,1997

  • 1796 Draped Bust Dollar Uncirculated Issues
       Sorry to start out this subject with the third obverse die in the Uncirculated sequence of four dies but it is the most interesting one due to the late strikes created from the die pair as they came apart.
       I must point out that Mr. Czapla stopped adding to his manuscript sometime circa 1997 and GMM has continued creating dies as necessary for the open issues in its inventory. There could easily be additional dies for any of the Czapla documented pieces I am illustrating in the GMM ScrapBook.
       The "Third Uncirculated Obverse" die was created by converting the "Second Proof Obverse" die to an uncirculated state through the method known as bead blasting. The proof obverse had developed a long fine die break through "IBERTY" and the stars ending at Liberty's breast. Michael L. Czapla, III...circa 1997
       Anytime you see green text or a green border around an image you should give credit to Mr. Czapla for his scholarship and hard work. I am just following in his footsteps. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

First Uncirculated
Oct29,1996-Feb19,1997

Second Uncirculated
Feb27-Mar11,1997

Fourth Uncirculated
Mar27,1997->

12/25
Click for
Cliff Bolling Date Area


First Proof
Apr5,1996->
Click for
Cliff Bolling Date Area


Second Proof
 
Click for
Cliff Bolling Date Area


Third Proof
 

  • The Ever Popular 1793 Liberty Cap Cents
       I need to capture as much of the highlights of the Czapla manuscript as possible for you so I can return it to Ron. It makes me nervous to have custody of another person's irreplaceable property.
       At least with these wonderful creations I have a chance to purchase a few of them. They haven't yet followed the sprialing cost of the Chain and Wreath cents although occasionally I see them misrepresented as "Wreath" cents by the uninformed on eBay. It always pays to do your research before you enter a bid on eBay and I am trying to provide you with as much detail as possible. Wish I could just post the entire manuscript but I have neither the necessary permissions nor the computer disk space needed to accomplish that feat.
       Anytime you see green text or a green border around an image you should give credit to Mr. Czapla for his scholarship and hard work. I am just following in his footsteps. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

First Uncirculated
Large Head
Apr10,1996->

Tool Mark
In "9"
 

Jun7,1996 Rim CUD
 
 

Second Uncirculated
Large Head
Short "1"
June1996

Third Uncirculated
Large Head
Tall "1"
Jun14,1996->

Fourth Uncirculated
Small Head
Mar11,1997->
 
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