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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: A Sad Turn Of Events
Link: Online Numismatic Resources Abound!
Link: Hot Struck 2000 ANA Exhibitor's Medal
Link: While We Are Looking At Strips
Link: Every Last Piece Of Metal In The Building
Link: And Now You Know The Rest Of The Story
Link: If You HAVE To Go... Then QUICK Is The Best Way!
Enlargement scans available on WWW and ScrapBook CD-ROM. 
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NOT The REAL Thing ... An Altered GMM Creation

  • A Sad Turn Of Events
       Time to drag out my soapbox! This specimen just sold today on eBay for $200! Now then... this is strictly my personal opinion but I wouldn't have given $20 for this piece. I know that one's viewpoint is influenced by all sorts of things and it is not my intention to throw rocks ...but... here goes anyway. It makes me cry to see one of Ron's wonderful creations damaged in this manner. Now this piece is neither a genuine chain cent nor a genuine Gallery Mint Museum creation. It is my opinon that it should have been illegal to sell on eBay or anywhere else for that matter.
       The Seller described this specimen as a "very deceptive die struck copy." It doesn't seem all that deceptive to me. The crook who altered the piece; 1) didn't eliminate all of the "C" in "COPY", 2) removed the period behind "AMERI" and 3) created a depression by removing the metal around "COPY" that is quite obvious. All-in-all, a REALLY sad turn of events! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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The REAL Thing ... Almost as good as Ron's!
Note the use of different sized letter punches in LIBERTY.
Link:1793 Flowing Hair Cent, Chain Reverse

  • Online Numismatic Resources Abound!
       I have been concentrating on this Gallery Mint Museum ScrapBook for most of a year now and haven't been paying attention to some of the newly created, as far as I know, numismatic resources now available on the Internet. The wonderful scan of a chain cent shown above is from a webpage entitled Link:"1793 Flowing Hair Cent, Chain Reverse" that I stumbled across while looking at the results a search engine returned on "chain cent".
       There are now numismatic websites too numerous to mention here but one I think is really superb is I honestly don't know whether that is because it is better than any of the others or just because it is the first one I encountered... but it is COOL! It has the following main topic areas; 1) NumisMedia Online Auctions, 2) Numismatics 101, 3) Law and Coins & Insider's Report, 4) NumisMedia Books & Supplies, 5) NumisMedia Online Price Guide, 6) The Coin Guys - Bubba and Zemo, 7) Series Spotlight, 8) NumisMedia News, 9) State Quarter Collecting, 10) NumisMedia Classifieds, and 11) Find a Dealer in Your Area. Rather than trying to make all these subjects into live links I'll just let you go to the link provided above and that will provide access to everything mentioned and MUCH, MUCH more.
       If you have a favorite Numismatic Resource website not mentioned here I would love hearing from you. Maybe I can find time to add a couple other reference links here for everyone to enjoy. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
    Mike Wallace recommends Link:

     He is much too modest to mention his own Link:United States Small Size Dollar Coins and Related Items

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Hot Struck 2000 ANA Exhibitor's Medal PATTERN?

  • Hot Struck 2000 ANA Exhibitor's Medal
       The real joy in collecting ANYTHING is the search for some elusive piece. If one is fortunate enough to purchase a piece only to find that it is something unexpected then that is an indescribable feeling that everyone should have a chance of experiencing for themselves. In this case, I just purchased one of Ron's 2000 ANA Exhibitor's medals thinking I was acquiring a duplicate piece for my midden heap. Ron's large hot struck silver medals are my absolute favorite Landis creations so I rarely pass one up for any reason. When I dug out the medal I already had I found it was struck from a totally different set of dies than the one just purchased!
       The easiest way to describe the apparent PATTERN reverse die, my original medal, is that there are extra design elements in the field of the reverse die at the top and at the bottom (shown here on the right) where the REGULAR ISSUE dies have plain fields. There are many other differences of course, with the wording in completely different places and such, but this is just the easiest way to differentiate between the two dies.
       The apparent PATTERN obverse die is a bit harder to describe although it is clearly different. The most obvious thing is that the legends "PEACE" and "2000" are distinctly larger on the PATTERN than on the REGULAR ISSUE. I am beginning to sound like a Lincoln Cent collector with "Large Date", "Small Date" and such... but you can readily see the difference if you have the two pieces together. Either obverse die by itself would be a bit hard to identify with nothing to compare to.
       But... wait a moment! ...the story gets even better! Knowing now that there were two different sets of dies I scurry off to look at a die adjustment specimen I have for this medal. Lo and behold... it is quite obviously a mule of the PATTERN obverse die with the REGULAR ISSUE reverse die. I think I've just died and gone to heaven! Talk about an unexpected discovery!
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    Die Adjustment Strike For 2000 ANA Exhibitor's Medal
    Mule Of PATTERN Obverse And REGULAR ISSUE Reverse
    Struck On A GMM Large Cent Copper Planchet
       So... I suspect I have a PATTERN medal, a PATTERN/REGULAR mule adjustment strike, and a REGULAR production issue medal given to the exhibitors at the 2000 ANA convention. Whatever these are they make a really COOL set! This isn't something you could reasonably expect to put together in a lifetime of collecting unless you just got lucky. I count myself as EXTREMELY lucky! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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    Hot Struck 2000 ANA Exhibitor's Medal REGULAR ISSUE?

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2000 Hobo Tokens Struck On A Copper Strip

  • While We Are Looking At Strips
       Since GMM normally strikes their Hobo Tokens over Jefferson Nickels we are used to seeing them almost exclusively on nickel planchets. My corresponding friend Cliff Bolling just sent me the above scan of his recently acquired copper strip of trial strikes of the three different 2000 Hobo Tokens. He says they really look COOL in copper and I totally agree with him. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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  • Every Last Piece Of Metal In The Building
       Here is what Lindy Stone has to say about these two creations: This is a two piece set. The token is struck 20% off center on a straight clip planchet with a 1996 ANA Summer Seminar obverse and a counterbrockage Lincoln cent Obverse on its reverse. The second huge piece is a punched out planchet strip that also has a lamination blow hole in it. It was struck and received the reverse die impression of the TIN D. and its obverse is a brockage of a Lincoln cent obverse. These Seminar dies were made to resemble the famous Clark,Gruber&Co. of Denver, Colorado Territorial Gold pieces of 1860. Look it up in your RED BOOK. Ron Landis did a fine job recreating this die pair with a twist of humor. You know, TIN D. instead of TEN D. cause its made of pewter instead of gold, get it? Though intentionally struck during only one four hour evening at the ANA Summer Seminar in July of 1996, these two are great examples of a variety of major errors that you could not easily duplicate. Lindy Stone ... Wed, 21 Mar 2001 20:04:56
       Since I am not an error collector I am certain I don't appreciate this set of pieces adequately. I had the chance to own them and passed on them ...but... these might be just your cup of tea. They are currently being offered on eBay as I write this so go take a peek... ah, peek! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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1787 Brasher Doubloon Copper Trial Strike
Heavy "ONE HUNDRED F" Edged Planchet

  • And Now You Know The Rest Of The Story
       It is always COOL when a person stumbles across a piece they already know something about. Above is the "other half" of the 1787 Brasher Doubloon copper trial strike I showed you on Link:Page21 in a ScrapBook Subject entitled Link:"Yes... I Did Ask For A Half Doubloon". I know I'd been completely through the MintMaster's trashcan on a previous trip but I recognized it while pawing around in the trashcan on my most recent trip to Eureka Springs. Just had to grab it before it got melted and show it to you here. :-) By the way... the trashcan is an overflowing five pound coffee can and you wouldn't believe how much stuff can be crammed into such a small receptacle.
       For the sake of completeness I'm showing you the first half of the copper trial strike I found below. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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    1787 Brasher Doubloon Copper Trial Strike
    Heavy "OR A DOLLAR" Edged Planchet

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Canceled 1787 Brasher Doubloon Copper Trial Strike
Struck On A GMM Large Cent Planchet

  • If You HAVE To Go... Then QUICK Is The Best Way!
       MORE interesting pieces from the Mint Master's trashcan. These two brothers were run through a roller mill... the more normal method of cancellation that I saw the artisans at GMM use. Often the detail is obliterated to the point one can just barely determine what the resultant piece of scrap metal was in a former life. I also understand that Timothy recommends that one shouldn't hold onto the piece being canceled too tightly. The roller mill is most indiscriminate as to what it will roll FLAT! :-(
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       These two pieces also have nice clear edges. As you all know by now, I just LOVE anything struck on GMM's large cent planchets. If anyone out there has anything unusual struck thusly, particularly on the early vine and bar edge large cent planchets, I would GREATLY appreciate receiving a scan. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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    Canceled 1787 Brasher Doubloon Copper Trial Strike
    Struck On A GMM Large Cent Planchet
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