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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
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Index
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Link: Another Natural Mule
Link: That's A Mule Of A Different Color
Link: A Circulated Congressional Issue Prototype Dollar
Link: Celebrating 100 Years In Britt, Iowa
Link: The Master Himself In His Native Habitat
Link: GMM ANA Exhibition Medal Set Completed!
Link: [ Gone Missing! ]
Link: A Big Nosed Girl
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10/3
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1794 Obverse die paired with a 1796 Reverse die
  • Another Natural Mule
       On my last trip to Eureka Springs... before going fishing in Ontario ...I found the guys discussing their latest experience. It seems a customer had called telling them that he ordered a 1794 dollar but got a specimen with a 1794 obverse and a 1796 reverse. GMM is ALWAYS open to correcting customer complaints and told him to return the piece and they would send the piece he ordered. They heard a gasp on the other end of the line and the fellow said; "Oh No NO! I just want to order a correct 1794 piece."
       Ron was concerned as to how this had happened. I liked the answer he got! I don't recall the exact wording at this late juncture but it was something to the effect; "This is a two man shop so it is hard to say that I didn't do it without pointing a finger at my co-worker so I don't know how it happened!"
       I asked Ron for a specimen and he didn't think any were still at the mint... that all had been inadvertantly sent to customers. Timothy scrounged one up for me and Ron sold it to me at a relatively high price. In fact, it was the same amount that he had charged me for the one of only two existant copper strikes of his first set of 1796 dollar dies. Those dies were never used to strike any silver specimens to the best of my knowledge.
       Right after I got home another of these neat mules showed up on eBay and I was most fortunate to acquire it also. Both of my specimens have the COPY stamp slanted up the eagle's wing. A rather unusual placement and obviously hand applied.

      1794 Eagle                           1796 Eagle
       Above are two examples of dollar reverse dies. There are multiple dies that are slightly different but the eagles are pretty much as shown here. Note the regular placement of the COPY stamp in each case. I didn't straighten up these scans to be perfectly vertical because they get quite "fuzzy" when I rotate them.
       I asked Ron if there was any chance that GMM would strike additional 1794/1796 mules as custom errors. He assured me that they had no interest in creating copies of their natural errors. So... a lucky few of you GMM customers certainly have this unusual natural error in your midden heaps. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

10/2
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  • That's A Mule Of A Different Color
       Obverse Dies Mule: This is a Gallery Mint Museum 1993 Annual Medal (or is it a 1994 Medal?), which is a MULE! This piece was struck from the obverse die of the 1993 Annual Medal (on the Minting Process), and the reverse (obverse actually) die from the 1994 Annual Medal, commemorating the 202nd Anniversary of the First United States Mint. As with all Gallery Mint Annual Medals, this was struck on a planchet weighing 1.5 ounces of .999 Pure Silver, using the same technology as that available to the early U.S. Mint (i.e., on a Screw Press). I was told that NO MORE THAN TEN of these were produced, and this is Numbered 000 on the Medal's edge. Choice Prooflike Uncirculated! Mark Honea...Sep-27-01 14:52:44
       Reverse Dies Mule: This is a Gallery Mint Museum 1994 Annual Medal (or is it a 1993 Medal?), which is a MULE! This piece was struck from the obverse (reverse actually) die of the 1994 Annual Medal commemorating the 202nd Anniversary of the First United States Mint, and the reverse die for the 1993 Annual Medal (on the Minting Process, with all the Little Cherubs). As with all Gallery Mint Annual Medals, this was struck on a planchet weighing 1.5 ounces of .999 Pure Silver, using the same technology as that available to the early U.S. Mint (i.e., on a Screw Press). I was told that NO MORE THAN TEN of these were produced, and this is Numbered 000 on the Medal's edge. Choice Prooflike Uncirculated! Mark Honea...Sep-27-01 14:58:34
       These are a most interesting pair of medals. They are a natural error and were created with Serial Numbers "000" for the Gallery Mint Museum Archives. The error was not discovered until Ron was presenting a pair to the American Numismatic Association as I understand it. He thought he was placing a normal pair of 1993 and 1994 GMM Annual Medals in ANA's cabinet. He took them back and did not leave a pair of mules with ANA for their collection.
       The obverses and reverses of the normal issue medals are easily confused but Ron informs me that the dies with the Roman Numeral date on them were his obverse dies. Like Mark, I was expecting the mules to have swapped reverses as this is the usual sort of mule one encounters. These two mules... a beautifully matched team I might add ...were a real surprise since GMM accidentially paired the two obverse dies with each other and, likewise, the two reverse dies with each other. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

10/1

Gallery Mint 2000 S.O.L. Concept Dollar, Circ
  • A Circulated Congressional Issue Prototype Dollar
       This is a Gallery Mint Museum 2000 Statue of Liberty Concept Dollar pattern which was carried by Adam Hardcastle (former Head Coiner at the Gallery Mint) for some time as a pocket piece, to see how the coins would hold up in circulation. This piece is unusual from those normally available, in that it was struck on a regular thicknes planchet (the pieces made for the public were all struck on Piedfort, or double-thick, Brass planchets)! As with all of the Gallery Mint Concept Dollars, this was struck using the same technology as that available to the early U.S. Mint (i.e., on a screw press). This piece is now a nice Extremely Fine in condition. Mark Honea...Sep-20-01 13:11:22
       Asleep at the switch! As I inspected my naval and fibrillated while trying to decide whether to bid or not, time ran out and Lucky Lindy rode off into the sunset with this wonderful prize. He who hesitates... or goes fishing in Ontario ...loses! This unique example of a genuinely rare and popular GMM creation is permanently impounded in Lindy's time capsule. Color me green but I am honestly happy that it went to a good home. Lindy appreciates rare GMM specimens as much as I do. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

9/30
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Hobo Day 100th Anniversary Coin/Medallion Made of Antique Nickel Silver
  • Celebrating 100 Years In Britt, Iowa
       This was made by the Hobo Foundation for the 100th Anniversary of Hobo Day in Britt, Iowa in the year 2000. There were only 750 of these coins made. The Hobo Convention is held in August each year. The original Hobo is on the front and on the back is an old steam engine train. The front of the coin says Celebrating 100 Years 1900 2000 Britt, Iowa. The back of the coin says American Steam Locomotive, 440 Type Circa 1860. mdpiering...Sep-19-01 08:51:28
       I think I remember seeing these medals being offered at the Britt Hobo Museum but I was focusing on looking for Ron Landis creations related to the Britt Hobo Convention in 1995. Right now I'd be happy to pick up one of these medals but Que Sera Sera. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

9/29
  • The Master Himself In His Native Habitat
    Enlargements available on both WWW and ScrapBook CD-ROM Enlargements available on both WWW and ScrapBook CD-ROM    Russell T. Johnson is the creator of a travel scrapbook at Link:The Arkansas Traveler's roadside distractions. These photos of Ron Landis are the property of Mr. Johnson and are used here with his permission. Be sure to drop him a line to thank him for his efforts. EMail:Russell T. Johnson
       If you have supported our GMM ScrapBook CD-ROM publishing effort by making a donation to acquire a disk then you can click on either picture of Ron to see him in his workshop. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

9/28
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  • GMM ANA Exhibition Medal Set Completed!
    Enlargements available on both WWW and ScrapBook CD-ROM    Another high point in my Gallery Mint Museum/Ron Landis creations collecting career! I just acquired the final medal, as far as I am aware of, to complete a full set of the Exhibition Medals that GMM made for ANA from 1996 through 2000. My specimen is serial numbered as 130 on the edge. I was told that the total issue was 125 medals so this piece would belie that information.
    The specimens in my collection are as follows:
        1996 105th Convention Denver
            Family Group - 70mm cast pewter
        1997 106th Convention New York
            Statue Of Liberty - 65mm cast pewter
        1998 107th Convention Portland
            Sacajawea - 64mm cast pewter
        1999 108th Convention Chicago
            Helmeted Head of Minerva - mature bust 38-39mm hot struck silver
            Helmeted Head of Minerva - young bust 39-40mm hot struck silver
        2000 109th Convention Philadelphia
            Winged Liberty Head - large date 39-40mm hot struck silver
            Winged Liberty Head - on 27-28mm copper cent plachet
            Winged Liberty Head - small date 39-40mm hot struck silver
    Maybe I will stumble across some other related material for this collection but I suspect that this is as complete as it gets unless GMM becomes involved in future ANA Exhibition Medals... we can always hope! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

Gone Missing!   Zach Carving #59 Enlargements available on both WWW and ScrapBook CD-ROM USPS found it after THREE weeks!

9/27
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1796 Draped Bust Liberty 15 Star Proof Half Dollar
  • A Big Nosed Girl
       This is a Gallery Mint Museum COPY of a 1796 Draped Bust 15 Star Half Dollar (Reference Overton 101) which is number 368 of 1,000 pieces produced in Proof. In addition, I was told when I obtained this piece that the obverse die was only used for 10 or 20 strikes. Apparently, Ron Landis did not care for the size of the nose on Miss Liberty, and so the die was quickly pulled from production. As with all Gallery Mint products, this piece is struck to the original specifications (on a .8924 Pure Silver planchet) and is produced using the same technology as was available to the early U.S. Mint (i.e., on a Screw Press). Absolutely Gorgeous Cameo Proof! Mark Honea...Sep-06-01 15:02:36
       While I was in Ontario fishing my friend Cliff Bolling captured this most interesting Gallery Mint Museum creation off eBay. I find it curious that this proof is numbered 368. I wonder why a new die was being created, and discarded, that far into the production run of 15 star proof halves. I can only guess that the earlier die was damaged so this must mean there are at least three obverse dies used for these proofs. Does anyone out there have examples of all three, or more if applicable, obverse dies? EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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