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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
Page
Index
Links
Link: The Wonders Of Modern Technology
Link: Breaking The Error Collector's Ground Rules
Link: Can You Say "Parabolic Mirror"?
Link: Early Pi鑓es De Caprice?
Link: Recent "GMM Nut" Sales On eBay
Link: Pay Attention To The Edges Of Ron's Medals
Link: A Glimpse Into Lindy Stone's Treasure Trove
Enlargement scans available on WWW and ScrapBook CD-ROM. 
2/28
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Special Memento From GMM

  • The Wonders Of Modern Technology
       I recently traded in my nine year old dot matrix printer for a DeskJet from Hewlett Packard. I can now create wonderful housing materials for my GMM collection. The plastic flip insert shown above is a recent example. It is also now possible for me to create individual CD-ROMs with the entire content of the GMM ScrapBook on it. That will require a lot of HTML code changes but the draft CD-ROM Jewel Case cover shown below is another example of my newly acquited capabilities. I LOVE modern techonology!
       Mint visits are always FUN! While the piece shown above is nothing earth shattering, I like it because Ron took the time to make it for me as a memento. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

    Just A Bit Of Conceptualization
    A DRAFT Of A Possible CD-ROM Jewel Case Cover

2/23
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1793 HalfCent Struck On Cent Planchet
Photographed On A Parabolic Mirror With Color Restoration.

  • Breaking The Error Collector's Ground Rules
       I mentioned to Lindy that, if he told me stories about his photographs I would be more motivated to post a ScrapBook Subject on them. I got an immediate response on a pair of the photographs that hadn't meant much to me. It turns out he had good reason to be pleased with these two pieces. I will let him explain why these are special since he can do so much better than I can. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
       OK children, you have a sit and I'll tell you a story. When I went to GMM in the fall of 1996, Adam had prepared some planchets for me. He knew my favorite was the Vine and Bar edge large cent planchet. So, as a surprise to me, he rolled me out a few to use as I saw fit. The GMM had just begun production in their uncirculated and proof 1793 Half Cents. Instead of using the "Medalic Arts Screw Press", these dies were mounted in a smaller screw press. The picture I sent you is of a piece I STRUCK.
       As background information for you, in my error coin collecting hobby it is a widely accepted rule that smaller size denomination dies cannot strike larger size planchets since the larger planchet will not fit into our country's coin presses. I suddenly realized that these "1793" correct original style large cent planchets would be the perfect thing to use to break such a RULE. Such an error example was not represented in my normal error coin collection. If such an authentic example did in fact exist in real life then the Judd book would have listed it as a "pattern". So, this piece is one of my favorites because it breaks one of the ground rules of error coin collecting.
       And more importantly, have you ever looked at a real 1793 Half Cent? Ron Landis executed this die pair perfectly! Well, in addition to this reproduction, have you ever compared the Wreath repros to their authentic counterparts too? In pictures or real life? Of all of Ron's reproductions I feel the 1793 Half Cent and the 1793 Wreath Cent showcase his talent! They are so real looking, so "authentic"! Lindy Stone ... Thu, 22 Feb 2001 14:33:56
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    1793 HalfCent Struck Off-Center On Cent Planchet
    Photographed On A Parabolic Mirror With Color Restoration.

2/22
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1793 Chain Cent Struck Off-Center
Photographed On A Parabolic Mirror With Color Restoration.

  • Can You Say "Parabolic Mirror"?
       One day an envelope showed up in my mailbox. I opened it and out tumbled some really WEIRD photographs of what were obviously GMM creations. What I couldn't figure out was how the edge die got struck into a planchet around the outside of the main die strike. I just couldn't decide what the heck I was looking at but it sure was NEAT! Then Lindy told me that he had taken the photographs with the coin placed in the center of a parabolic mirror. He sort of "sounded" like it should have been obvious but it wasn't so obvious to this old man! The photo shown below is not clipped out of the center of the mirror photograph but was a separate "regular" photograph of the same off-center struck Chain Cent. Lindy sure has some COOL stuff in his safety deposit box! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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    The Same 1793 Chain Cent Struck Off-Center
    From A Photograph With Color Restoration.

2/21
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1793 Chain Cent Wide Date PROOF Dies
BroadStruck On 30-31mm Plain Edged Copper Planchet

  • Early Pi鑓es De Caprice?
       I think not! While it certainly is possible that these were custom order strikes, there are two strong reasons that I am disinclined to believe such to be the case. First, I found these pieces in the MintMaster's TrashCan which is where I have found mostly pieces that were clearly die trials and other production flotsam. Second, they really aren't as "spectacular" as most custom order pieces tend to be.
       What really tickles me here is the strike of the PROOF dies in a non-proof style/presentation. It seems clear to me that this strike was created during the production process but I certainly can't prove this assertion. I generally prefer actual production errors to custom order errors and true trial die strikes to presentation strikes. However, as Lindy Stone so eloquently made the case, these specimens are wonderful pieces no matter if they are pi鑓es de caprice or not. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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    1793 Chain Cent Wide Date Uncirculated Dies
    Multistruck On 31.5-32.5mm Plain Edged Copper Planchet
       The first pair of chain cent proof dies on a centered broadstrike is interesting. This strike is probably a die trial before the proof run. Centered, multistruck, not on a specially prepared planchet and no vine and bar edge. Ron would polish and repolish his proof dies every 25 or so strikes unless they needed it sooner. This one is not a polished die strike, thus it has no proof surface. (Editor's comment: It is my understanding that BOTH the dies and the planchets may be polished prior to striking GMM proofs. I watched them polishing planchets with jeweler's rouge and a buffing wheel for the 1804 proof dollars on a recent trip to Eureka Springs.)
       Concerning the second piece, the multistrike chain cent, personally I do not think it's a die trial but instead, Adam having fun. Those two underlying strikes, both off center in different positions, is Adam's "saddle strike". He did the same for me on wreath dies. I explained to him that a saddle strike was a planchet simultaneously struck by two die pairs. You see, you need a least a dual or quad press to do "saddle strikes", I informed him back then. So, to me it's a "Adam Hardcastle saddle strike" that was then center struck a third time.
       There are really four groups of GMM oddball stuff: their "die trials", their real errors that they call "naturals", their "Adam Hardcastles", and their "special orders". Lindy Stone ... Wed, 21 Feb 2001 13:24:01

2/21

  • Recent "GMM Nut" Sales On eBay
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       The above counterstruck cent was mentioned on Page20 in Link:Two Small Gems and I sold it on eBay for considerably less than a similar one brought in Mike Ellis' 1999 Special Auction. Here is what Mike had to say about his piece: 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. The dies were then destroyed. 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 - 1793 Liberty Cap Cents were used! The dies were then destroyed. Mike Ellis ... circa April 1999
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       When the counterstruck Large Cent did so poorly on eBay I held this counterstruck Lincoln Cent back and returned it to my reference collection. It is worth more to me just to pull it out once in a while and look at it.
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    Rings left after cutting Half Cent planchet from "Spoiled Cent"
       Now then... this item brought much more interest when I offered the high bidder their choice of the three rings on eBay. There were 31 Cent over Half Cent pieces produced so, presumably, there were only 31 of these rings created in the process. Definitely a unusual piece to add to your half cent (or large cent) collection! For the full story behind the research into how the NC-7 half cents were created check out Page1's Link:The "NC-7" HalfCent Copies. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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The King's Coin Hammer 1992 38.5mm 1.5oz Medal
"The Santa Maria"

  • Pay Attention To The Edges Of Ron's Medals
       Lindy Stone tells me that his all time favorite design of all Ron Landis' Renfest Medals is the King's Coin Hammer 1992 piece shown above. Lindy had watched Ron's Royal Mint Demonstration movie and just loved what Ron was doing at those Renaissance Festivals. He eagerly bid on a copper strike of the "The King's Coin Hammer" 1992 medal at the 1993 ANA Summer Seminar Auction.
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    The King's Coin Hammer 1992 Medal Edge (top)
    The King's Coin Hammer 1991 Medal Edge (bottom)
       Lindy went on to tell me that the 1992 medal was struck with a four piece segmented collar. It had to be removed by hand after each strike and the guys were justifiably proud of it. Ron and Joe made a major advancement in technique here! That's why the edge lettering is so three dimensional, sharp and clean on the 1992 medal. The 1991 medal was struck with a three piece collar and is also wonderful but it certainly can't, in my humble opinion, hold a candle to the 1992 medal's edge. Of course, this is sort of like asking a parent which of their children they love the most! ;-)
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    The King's Coin Hammer 1991 38.5mm 1.5oz Medal
    "Saint George Slaying The Dragon"
       These two medals are not screw press struck but instead the obverse die dropped from like 4 feet to dead blow strike the planchets as shown in Ron and Joe's movie. Lindy wanted me to be sure and point out the fact that the machine/mechanism used to strike these pieces was called "The King's Coin Hammer". This wonderful machine is still in operation in Texas, as they say, "Under New Management" but it no longer has the benefit of Ron Landis' expertise and attention to quality.
    Anyone who has seen the King's Coin Hammer since 1992
    and/or own or have seen current products created using it,
    PLEASE share your experience with us.

       In ten years there MUST be some of you fine folks who have tales to tell. I owe Lindy for providing the details I refer to here. He gave them to me in a series of EMail messages which made it impossible to quote him directly but he deserves the credit. Ron Landis told me that they continued this series as the three Gallery Mint Museum Annual Medals. So... this means there are actually FIVE medals in this series. Thank you Ron for creating such superb and exciting pieces. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

    The King's Coin Hammer SBsubjects
    Link:Pay Attention To The Edges Of Ron's Medals
    Link:"In God We Trust" On Santa Maria's Bow
    Link:The Two Decades Before Gallery Mint Museum
    Link:Found Among eBay's Coins:Exonumia:Medals
    Link:Is The King's Coin Hammer Still Operational?
    Link:The King's Coin Hammer Copper Medals

2/19
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1995 Concept Dollar Double Struck Off-Center
From A Photograph With Color Restoration.

  • A Glimpse Into Lindy Stone's Treasure Trove
       Concerning the Con$ept "errors", I actually drew out what I wanted them to look like. I did not simply order a double strike, but instead, with detailed drawings showed them exactly what I wanted. In regards to the Wreath Cent overstrike off center on a Con$ept, I tried to keep the best design elements in the multistrikes or overstrikes. It is my understanding that I have the most intentionally struck errors on this series according to Adam Hardcastle, their past Chief Coiner. I just loved Ron's dies and also the concept of using the word "Concept" instead of "dollar". I also liked the lack of a copy stamp. In all I commissioned 27 or 28 "special order" pieces over 3 or 4 separate orders.
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    1995 Concept Dollar Flip-Over Double Struck Off-Center
    From A Photograph With Color Restoration.
       Oddly though, I actually do not have a normal piece for comparison, though I did get one for my best friend Jim when I visited Eureka Springs in the fall of 1996. During that visit Adam Hardcastle and I struck some 60+ pieces of those 14 star 1796 proof dollars before Ron realized (was told by his local photographer) he had made another star count error. Ron was furious! He tried in vain to modify the 14 star die, but instead ruined it thus sealing their low mintage. After Ron made the new 15 star dies Adam and I set a GMM dollar record for striking something like 109 15 star proof pieces the following day. It was awesome to see Ron produce his 15 star replacement die!
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    1995 Concept Dollar Overstruck Off-Center With 1793 Wreath Cent Dies
    From A Photograph With Color Restoration.
       In regards to intentionally struck errors, when you manually place the planchet on the reverse die and you manually "shot put" the balls on the screw press to strike it 2 to 3 times with their 70 ton screw press and then have to catch the balls as the press recoils from the strike, one realizes just how hard it is for their "natural" errors to occur. Those real and "natural" mint mistakes are quite rare. Though the majority of my errors are unnaturally created, they still look beautiful. I feel they are great representations of screw press mistakes, even if they are not really errors. Lindy Stone ... Sun, 18 Feb 2001 10:16:16
       I want EVERYBODY to know that, not only do I appreciate the nice photographs that Lindy has shared with us, I appreciate even MORE the reminiscences he sent us. I am always at a loss for words to use to introduce you to the wonderful scans I acquire or produce. Speaking of photographs, between Lindy's lighting, the folks that processed the photos and the textured surface on the prints, my scans came out really weird colors. The silver was a deep blue-green and the brass was an ugly blue-green-brown. I tweaked a few of my graphics editor's thousand adjustments and eventually, after many trials, got a fairly representative color for each scan. Lindy tells me they are very close to the originals but I wanted you to know that they have been messed with... A LOT! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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