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Ron Landis ...Sun, 30 Jul 2000 11:59:06
2001
ScrapBook Subjects
Page
Index
Links
Link: Hardcastle HalfCent Edge Experiments
Link: [ 1913 Was A Very Good Year! ]
Link: Monsieur Castaing's Invention
Link: One Potato... Two Potato...
Link: 1997 GSNA Maris51g Medal Reverse Die Located
Link: Wax Con$ept Hub And Die Impressions
Link: The "One Concept" Dollar "PEACE" Reverses
Link: An Exceptionally Rewarding Experience Revisited
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11/30
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1796 Liberty Cap with pole Half Cent
struck on a 1793 half cent planchet with edge lettering.
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  • Hardcastle HalfCent Edge Experiments
       When the first set of these half cents, the 2 of 2 pieces, showed up on eBay my corresponding friend Gene snapped them up... he LOVES anything that says "Half" on it. Then Mark posted the second set, the 1 of 2 pieces, and my corresponding friend Cliff jumped on them like a duck on a JuneBug! Not being a huge fan custom error creations I left the field to Cliff figuring that he would add the set to his midden heap. You can imagine my surprise when Gene popped up right at the close of bidding and snatched the set away from Cliff. I guess I should have expected Gene to pitch in again since these pieces have "Half" on them. So Gene has something really interesting, unusual and definitely COOL... both sets of these experimental creations!
       By the way... the REEDED edge pieces got that way by having their planchets run through Monsieur Castaing's Invention of course. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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    1796 Liberty Cap with pole Half Cent
    struck on a half cent planchet ...but... with REEDED edge.
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Arthur Hutchison's most recent nickel carvings
1913 Was A Very Good Year!
   Arthur sent me these three superior carvings that he just did on "full horn" 1913 Type1 (Buffalo on mound) nickels that I purchased for this purpose. I know this isn't a GMM subject but Ron and I both love carved nickels and I just wanted to share these works of art with all y'all. THANKS Arthur! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
AN OLDER "BO" What I think Bo looks like on a 1913 F.H. nickel with the toning left close to natural.
HOBO WITH DERBY Completely reworked from eyes to nose, etc. with a coat added.
RAILROAD DETECTIVE The R.R.Bull that beat Bo up. -Arthur Hutchison
Link:CUSTOM CARVED
11/29
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GMM's Castaing Machine.
  • Monsieur Castaing's Invention
       We have been mentioning GMM's Castaing Machine in a number of recent SBsubjects and I thought you might like to see what it actually looks like. This is another one of those places where the pictures pretty much "tell it all". Either that or I have run out of witty and intelligent things to tell you.
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    Cheeks and planchets.
    This close up of the Castaing machine shows the copper
    planchet's edge and the "cheeks" that imprint them.
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       Previous SBsubjects that mentioned the Castaing Machine are; Link:One Potato... Two Potato..., Link:Creating Castaing Machine Cheeks and Link:Blind Edge Test Planchets. Please feel free to EMail me with suggestions for expanding this SBsubject or with ideas for brand new SBsubjects. I sure could use some help generating interesting GMM related subjects and the scans to go with them. Thanks for your help! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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    Rolling the edges.
    Ron Landis rolls the copper planchets through the Castaing Machine
    to imprint the Vine & Bar pattern on the Chain Cent reproduction.
    Before edging, the planchet thickness is rolled down so the
    reproduction will be the same weight as the original.
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11/29
"Potato Chip" Planchet
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Blind Edge Test Planchet, 27mm (folded by Castaing Machine)
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Failed Reeded/Plain Edge Planchet (type2 planchet)
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  • One Potato... Two Potato...
       Ron Landis told us last month that the Castaing Machine tended to turn the brass blanks into "Potato Chip" shaped useless Blind Edge Test planchets. Quoting him again: If two reeded portions of the dies are exactly opposite each other when rolling the planchet through, there is too much pressure, and the planchet tends to bend in the shape of a potato chip. Ron Landis...Tue, 16 Oct 2001 11:05:20 Naturally I immediately hoped to capture a specimen, or at least scans of one, to show all y'all here in our ScrapBook. As you can tell from this SBsubject... I was successful!
       The first scan above, showing the edge of the "Potato Chip" planchet, is the edge at 6:00 o'clock of the left view (Obverse) shown above. The edges at 3:00 and 9:00 are blank because the Castaing Machine never ran that far on this planchet. The edge at 12:00 is gouged and severely damaged as that is where the cheek dies ran off the edge of the planchet as it was neatly folded into this shape.
       My scanner drastically altered the color of the planchet shown above. The true color of all three pieces shown in this SBsubject is that of the Plain Edge Blank, type1 planchet, shown below on the left.
    Blind Edge Test Planchets, 27mm (with planchet clip)
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    Plain Edge Blank
    (type1 planchet)
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    Successful Reeded/Plain Edge Planchet
    (type2 planchet)
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       Not only did we find the "Potato Chip" planchet but we found a blank, type1 planchet, with plain edge and a planchet clip, ...plus... a type2 planchet with reeded/plain edge and a planchet clip. What a wonderful pair of specimens!
       Previous SBsubjects on these Blind Edge Test planchets are; Link:Blind Edge Test Planchets, Link:Small Dollar Edge Test Specimen Found, Link:Rings From Resizing Planchets and Link:Experimental Blank Planchets. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
    Additional Close-ups of Blind Edge Test Planchet Edges

    Failed Reeded/Plain Edge Planchet

    Plain Edge Blank (with planchet clip)

    Successful Reeded/Plain Edge Planchet (with planchet clip)

11/26
A Raymond Williams photograph from the Carl Feldman Collection.
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The Garden State Numismatic Association (GSNA) reverse die.
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  • 1997 GSNA Maris51g Medal Reverse Die Located
       After the New Jersey Numismatic Society (NJNS) had successfully had a medal struck by the Gallery Mint, the board of the Garden State Numismatic Association (GSNA) thought they'd do the same. Most of the GSNA board members were also members of the NJNS and knew what was necessary. After getting the medals and the die, the medals were sold, with the stock being depleted sometime in year 2000. The question of the die came up a few years ago - what to do with it. Well, it was decided to put it in the GSNA Convention auction with all proceeds going to the club. It ended up selling to Carl Feldman for I think $290. Before the die was auctioned, the board of GSNA sent it back to the Gallery Mint to have a unique silver medal struck for Arno Safran - a man whose influence on numismatics in NJ will be remembered for a long time. He moved down south after he retired. For both the GSNA and the NJNS medals, both Dennis Wierzba and I were promoting the NJ Copper design because of the local history and because we collected the coins too. Raymond Williams...Tue, 20 Nov 2001 12:28:48
       In December of 2000 Ray sent me the super pictures of the NJNS punch and reverse die shown at Link:Escape From GMM: The Saga Begins. FINALLY... shown here is the GSNA reverse die that Ray knew the location of. I want to thank Carl Feldman for sharing his wonderful acquisition with all of us that are interested in Gallery Mint Museum creations. To see a specimen struck from this die check out Link:1788 New Jersey Maris51g Cent. I have an extra specimen of this GSNA medal if anyone needs one for their collection. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

    A Raymond Williams photograph from the Carl Feldman Collection.
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    Another view of the GSNA reverse die.
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    A Raymond Williams photograph from the Carl Feldman Collection.
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    GSNA reverse die MIRRORED just for grins.
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11/25
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2000 Modern Portrait Con$ept wax die impression on 3"x5" card.
  • Wax Con$ept Hub And Die Impressions
       Following you will find scans of all the known Con$ept related hubs and dies that haven't been destroyed, lost or reworked during the creation of the Con$ept issues. My friend Mike Wallace says that these wax impressions "speak for themselves" and I agree but it always makes me feel better to try and say something intelligent. That can be really difficult sometimes!
       If you can tell me anything about the Con$ept issues not covered by these hubs and dies ...or... if you can correct anything I have observed ...PLEASE contact me. Heck, go ahead and EMail me just to visit. I get lonesome cranking out all this stuff with very little positive reinforcement. Enjoy - EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

    Hey Verne!

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    IN GOD WE TRUST Bust Hub
    LIBERTY on headband and no diadem.
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    IN GOD WE TRUST Die
    LIBERTY on headband.
    My personal favorite Con$ept.
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    LargeDate/Mintmark Die
    Vertical BARS on headband.
    The rarest Con$ept.
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    1995 Lady Liberty Obverse Die
    STARS on headband.
    The regular issue 1995 Con$ept.
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    1995 Eagle Hub
    Tied for my favorite Hub in this group.
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    1995 Eagle Reverse Die
    Shared by all 1995 Con$epts.
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    1998 Lady Liberty Obverse Die
    The regular issue 1998 Con$ept.
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    1998 Modified Reverse Hub
    Sun matches regular issue.
    ONE CONCEPT removed from field.
    Feathers removed from wing.
    The eagle has clearly lost his head.
    Preparation for 2000 PEACE Reverse Die.
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    1998 Scraped Reverse Die
    Sun different from regular issue.
    Beaded Border rather than dentils.
    ONE CONCEPT lightly etched in field.
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    1998 Scraped Reverse Die
    Sun similar to regular issue.
    Dentil Border like regular issue.
    Large ONE CONCEPT like regular issue.
    UNUM under MER of AMERICA.
    No PEACE on rock.
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    11-ray Statue Of Liberty Hub
    LIBERTY and rays removed from field.
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    13-ray Statue Of Liberty Die
    A regular issue 2000 Con$ept.
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    2000 Lady Liberty Hub
    1998 date removed from field.
    "T" removed from LIBERTY.
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    2000 Lady Liberty Die
    A regular issue 2000 Con$ept.
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    2000 Modern Portrait Hub
    Tied for my favorite Hub in this group.
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    2000 Modern Portrait Die
    The rarest small sized Con$ept.
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    2000 PEACE Reverse Hub
    Small ONE CONCEPT like regular issue.
    Precise match of 2000 Reverse die.
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    2000 PEACE Reverse Die
    Shared by all 2000 Con$epts.
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11/24
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Click for 1998 Con$ept PEACE Reverse close-up
1998
How To Tell The Date
Of A Concept Dollar
By Looking At The Reverse Side


- by   Mike Wallace
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2000
  • The "One Concept" Dollar "PEACE" Reverses
       There were 41 reverse designs presented for consideration for the Sacagawea Dollar. The "One Concept" (Con$ept) Dollar "PEACE" reverse design by Ron Landis was one of the four finalists. This reverse was used on the 1998 Con$ept and all 2000 dated Con$epts.
       The "PEACE" reverse design first appeared on the Con$ept with the 1998 dated pieces. It was then used with all subsequent Con$epts. Even though the design type is the same for all "PEACE" reverses, there are two very distinct variations. The first variety appears on the 1998 Miss Liberty pieces. The second variety appears on all of the 2000 dated "PEACE" "One Concept" reverses.
       Since these dies are hand made, there are many, many minor variations. I will point out several of the most noticeable that are visible with the naked eye.
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       First of all, the most obvious variation is the words "ONE CONCEPT." The 1998 dated pieces have larger letters than the 2000 dated pieces.
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       Secondly, the motto o E Pluribus Unum o is spread out further on the 2000 dated pieces. On the 1998 pieces, the first dot is located below the "A" in STATES and the last dot is located below the "ER" of AMERICA. On the 2000 pieces, the first dot is below "TA" of STATES and the last dot is below "RI" of AMERICA.
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       Thirdly, there are several noticeable differences in the two reverses with respect to the Eagle's wings. The wing feathers on the 2000 dated pieces are engraved in much more detail than on the 1998 reverse. In addition there are four complete rows of feathers on the wing on the 2000 reverse and only three complete rows (and the hint of a partial row) on the 1998 pieces.
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       Lastly, the sun's rays on the 2000 reverse are longer than on the 1998 reverse. The elongating of the sun rays was made possible on the 2000 pieces when the letters of the "denomination" "ONE CONCEPT" was made smaller. Now you can tell the date of a Con$ept by looking at the reverse.
    Click for 1995 Con$ept Reverse close-up
    1995
       Although this article dealt with the 1998 and 2000 Con$ept "PEACE" reverses, I'd like to say a word about the other Con$ept reverse - the 1995 reverse. I know of only one "variety" associated with this design. While technically not a variety, some of the 1995 pieces were struck with "coin die alignment" and some with "medal die alignment." While not conclusive, it appears that the "medal die alignment" is much rarer than the "coin die alignment" pieces. Read more at Link:The Gallery Mint's "One Concept" Dollars. Mike Wallace...Sat, 24 Nov 2001 12:52:14

       Mike has shown his usual depth of knowledge and numismatic scholarship in this great SBsubject. I invite any of you other readers to jump in and make a contribution to our publishing efforts. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

11/23
A Clifford Bolling photograph.
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Maris62.5 1787 New Jersey 31mm cent terminal die state.
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  • An Exceptionally Rewarding Experience Revisited
       Well now... it has been almost exactly a year since I have seen one of these COOL late die state Maris62.5 1787 New Jersey cent strikes. It doesn't surprise me that it showed up in the Hardcastle hoard as I suspect that this is an exceptionally rare specimen. I know I love my pair of silver and copper specimens. To see them check out: Link:An Exceptionally Rewarding Experience. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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