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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

2001
ScrapBook Subjects
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Index
Links
Link: 1992 Hammered Edge RenFest Medal
Link: Rarest Of The Rare
Link: MORE Peace Through Coinage Stuff
Link: Virtual Coins YET!
Link: GMM "Horse Trader" Released
Link: Modern Small Dollar Patterns
Link: Kansas City Hey Hey Hey
Enlargement scans available on WWW and ScrapBook CD-ROM. 
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  • 1992 Hammered Edge RenFest Medal
       I don't know about you but I remember my very first coin in any of my major collecting interest areas with great fondness far in excess of any actual intrinsic value the piece might ever have. Lindy Stone looks back at his first Landis/Rust purchase. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
       Ah let me see. The Hammered edge Renfest medal was my first "Gallery Mint" item purchase. I had watched Ron's Royal Mint Demonstration movie and just loved what he was doing at those Renaissance Festivals. I eagerly bid on it and another piece , "the King's Hammer Strike" at the ANA Summer Seminar Auction, I believe 1993, when Ron was taking the Engraving class. Afterwards I talked to Ron Landis and he gave me a certificate from the Royal Mint stating it was one of 13 struck on hammered edge 1 ounce silver planchets and that it was of a total mintage of 300 silver one ounce strikes. Lindy Stone ... Sun, 18 Feb 2001 10:16:16

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1795 Gold $5 Capped Bust / Small Eagle Type
The First Issue Gold Coin Struck By The U.S.Mint
One Of Only 5 Graded Gem MS65 By NGC

  • Rarest Of The Rare
       This wonderful specimen is currently being offered on eBay as I write this. Here is what the Seller has to say about it: If you're a serious U.S. gold coin collector or investor this is your chance to own one of the finest and rarest U.S. gold coins ever struck as well as a museum quality piece of American history. This half eagle was one of the first of only 8,707 gold coins actually struck for the United States Mint in 1795. Also, this type, known as the small eagle variety, was only produced for four years until the design was changed. It's interesting to note that there is no mark of value on this coin and if you take a look at the second 'S' in STATES, it was punched over an erroneous 'D'. Needless to say, this is one of the finest and rarest U.S. gold coins available, with a minuscule population of only 5 pieces certified MS65 by NGC and NONE have ever been graded higher. In fact, after over 205 years have passed since its striking, I'd say its safe to say you'll never see one finer than this. Estimated value - $500,000, but the reserve is much less. Interested buyers should email Barry@coinmag.com for additional information and payment options. Barry Stuppler ... Mon, 12 Feb 2001 19:30:21 So, get out your checkbook and add this to your GMM collection! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

2/17
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Promotional Standup 102x165mm (4x6.5") Display Card
With Embedded Plastic Encased Pobjoy Nickel Medal

  • MORE Peace Through Coinage Stuff
       Here is what the above display card has to say about the Peace Through Coinage Movement: You will soon be seeing coins from around the world with a design or inscription proclaiming peace. The Peace Through Coinage movement has been proposed to all countries in the hopes that circulating coins of the next century will carry a message of Peace, Freedom and Human Rights. The concept has been developed and promoted by the American Numismatic Association for the betterment of mankind. Coins dated in the year 2000 will be especially appropriate messengers of this movement. Some countries already have a design or wording symbolic of peace. Others will begin to use such motifs during the period 1995 to 2000, or beyond. Peace coins will likely become collectable items for many numismatists throughout the world. It is not too early to begin your collection. This special souvenir piece has been created by the Pobjoy Mint of Sutton Surrey England as an example of what new coins may look like in the future. It is a limited issue that will be used exclusively by the Pobjoy Mint, American Numismatic Association, Zenith Packaging and Krause Publications to publicize the Peace Through Coinage Movement.
       I have more specimens to show you than I have anything intelligent to say about them. So I'll start with the Nickel and Gold Pobjoy medals.
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    Pobjoy 27mm medal struck in nickel


    Pobjoy 27mm medal struck in gold
       The Pobjoy medals were made in 1995. There were ten made in gold. The fellow in England who got one was Raymond Lloyd. The ANA got two. Ken Bressett ... Mon, 05 Feb 2001 19:45:01

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    Elongated Aluminum 19x38mm specimen
       Now then... something REALLY COOL! Not only an elongated piece from the same die as my Canadian Nickel and Jefferson Nickel Peace Through Coinage elongated specimens ...but... also an example of the Hungarian host coin this piece was rolled from. Mr. Bressett provided these specimens and, bless his heart, included the example host coin. He is clearly an accomplished and thorough researcher and has a long history of numismatic publishing. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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    1990 Hungary 18.5mm 10 Filler coin

2/11
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Link:Proposed Sacagawea dollar coin design, by Daniel Carr

  • Virtual Coins YET!
       What a superb concept! I thought I was relatively computer literate but whatever software Dan is using it is far beyond anything I have ever seen or had any experience with. In particular I like Link:2001 Sacagawea Dollar, by Daniel Carr.
       Dan wrote me and said: The images are computer renderings and I am still working on the software that will allow me to perform NC machining to cut dies from the digital relief models. Possibly in about six months I could have some dies made and strike some "coins". EMail:Daniel Carr ... Sat, 10 Feb 2001 21:41:57
       Dan directed me to his newest webpage Link:Coin Designs, by Daniel Carr. I suggest you check it out. It is COOL! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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 Horse Trader 
  • GMM "Horse Trader" Released
       "Come one, come all!" This newly created webpage is available for YOUR use but it is LIMITED by space available and your WebMaster's time and stamina. I must insist that you generate the text you want posted yourself and send it to me in an EMail as I will not have time to type your material myself. I will only edit your material when absolutely necessary to make sense to me and hopefully our readers. If I have any sort of problem with the content of your material I will notify you by EMail. This is a private webpage so I will retain the right to post only material that I personally feel is appropriate. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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1998 Concept Pattern Dollar
Struck On A Normal Thickness Plain Edged Brass Planchet
Using GMM's 70 Ton Press On October 8, 1997

  • Modern Small Dollar Patterns
       I had this set of three patterns in my custody just long enough to scan them not too long ago. They were not for sale at that time and I likely could not have afforded them anyway. So I was happy just for the chance to see them and get scans for this ScrapBook. Trouble was... I had no clue what text to put with the wonderful scans I had. Today I got the following descriptive text from a collector of small dollars. He has done so much better than I ever could... nothing substitutes for the knowledge gained when a person is actively interested in a specific subject and it sure shows in the following commentary. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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    1998 Concept Pattern Dollar
    Struck On A Normal Thickness Plain Edged Copper Planchet
       For many years in the 19th century, the U.S. Mint produced special off-metal strikes for both pattern and regular coinage. These strikes were often sold to specific collectors or given to politicians. While other patterns were struck for demonstration or research purposes, these strikes were sometimes called "Pi鑓e de Caprice" or fantasy strikes and are a matter of much debate in pattern collecting. Some are true off-metal patterns, others deliberate and unofficial rarities struck just to make a few dollars (no pun intended.) No matter their virtue, they are often among the most beautiful patterns ever struck by the US.
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    1998 Concept Pattern Dollar
    Struck On A Slightly Thicker Than Normal Plain Edged Silver Planchet
       The 1998 and 2000 Concept Dollars are true patterns, intended to influence legislation and include a reverse that was a finalist selection for the Sacagawea dollar. In 1880 that would have put it into Judd, Taxay, and Pollock with no questions asked! There was never a serious plan to strike US dollars in silver or copper (except for a few weeks in 2000 when it looked like a possibility due to current US law.) But these 1998 strikes in bronze, copper, and silver not only demonstrate that the art of the engraver shines in any metal, but they represent a new chapter in a long and sometimes controversial history in US pattern coinage. Whether you consider these true patters, fantasies, or just cool, they are indeed wonderful pieces of art. No wonder Congress approved! "A Student And Collector Of Modern Small Dollars" ... Thu, 25 Jan 2001 15:54:20

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1995 Concept Dollar FIRST Pattern
"In God We Trust"

Struck On A 28.5-29mm Irregular Vine and Bars Edged Copper Planchet
With Coin Die Alignment

  • Kansas City Hey Hey Hey
      I'm Going To Kansas City
      Going To Get My Baby Back Home

       Reckon I'm showing my age again...Beatles lyrics yet! That was what kept running through my poor tired old brain all the way to Kansas City today.
       These three wonderful pieces are in a private collection in Kansas City. I got to scan them today. I've been trying to work up a trade on some, or all, of them for several months now but what could I have that the owner would want?
       This FIRST Con$ept pattern is the only copper specimen I have seen. If ANYBODY out there knows of other examples PLEASE contact me and let me know so I can document them for the record.
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    1995 Concept Dollar SECOND Pattern
    "Large Date With Screw Press Mintmark"

    Struck On A 31mm Plain Edged Brass Planchet
    With Coin Die Alignment
       This SECOND Con$ept pattern is only the second such specimen I have seen. If ANYBODY out there knows of other examples PLEASE contact me and let me know so I can document them for the record.
       Both it and my piece share a common feature...a die turn of roughly twenty degrees counter-clockwise between the obverse and reverse dies. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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    1995 Concept Dollar Reverse Die Trial Specimen
    Uncirculated Doubled Die Bust High "9" In Date With Periods Chain Cent Die

    Struck On A 28mm Plain Edged Copper Planchet
    With Coin Die Alignment
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