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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: Struck With Misaligned Obverse Die!
Link: Pi鑓e De Caprice Begging For A Good Home
Link: The Brasher Set That Got Away
Link: What Happened To The COPY Stamp?
Link: Another Unexpected Surprise!
Link: Kinda Special To My Dad And Me!
Link: "Reproducing History" - Originals, Replicas and Restrikes
Link: "New Coins From An Old Cargo"
Link: [ Progress You Can Actually See! ]
Link: Pittsburgh Numismatic Society Medals
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A Clifford Bolling photograph.
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1796 Liberty Cap with pole Half Cent
struck with misaligned obverse die.
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  • Struck With Misaligned Obverse Die!
       The following description of a misaligned obverse die 1796 half cent with pole is from the Mike Ellis auction of GMM goodies in April, 1999:
       "1796 CH BU Half Cent, with pole variety. Struck with misaligned obverse die! The obverse looks about 5% off center while the reverse is centered normally. This is a legitimate error that occurred on 7/28/97 while Chuck Wishon and myself were discussing the various 1796 Half Cent varieties with Adam Hardcastle and Ron Landis right there! Copy stamp on reverse. Total Mintage: Approx 5 pieces." Mike Ellis
       Pretty cool stuff. That piece sold for $27.50 in Mike's auction. It is interesting that he should mention Adam Hardcastle being there and that the piece shown above is from the Hardcastle collection, sold by Classic Coins. It's good to know the mintage, also. Chuck Wishon is an expert in doubled dies. Clifford D. Bolling...Fri, 14 Dec 2001 17:03:57
       Thanks Cliff! I really appreciate both the original scan and, even more, the descriptive information to go with it. Building SBsubjects takes a lot out of me and it is great to get help from other folks! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen


1796 GMM "Type Set"
  • Pi鑓e De Caprice Begging For A Good Home
       As I sit here writing this SBsubject, the interesting custom struck specimen shown above is being offered on eBay for the third or perhaps even the fourth time. So far those of us who like unusual GMM creations have not valued this specimen as highly as the current owner does.
       We all want to be appreciated! I suspect that this may be one of those pieces that need to be seen and held to be appreciated. Since it is struck on a dollar planchet it has some weight to it and probably "feels" good when hefted. It just doesn't look too appealing from the scan posted on eBay... I'd guess this might be because it is so "busy" and mostly just shows the legend on each successive die strike; Dollar, HalfDollar, Quarter, Dime and finally the HalfDime.
       We all know that not everybody is "turned on" by the same things so this just may be right up your alley. If it is then "go for it" as it is available on eBay for a couple days yet. The Seller tells us that it is one of four pieces struck and it clearly took a lot of effort at GMM to create. They may not be inclined to go to this much work again. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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1787 Brasher Doubloon and Half Doubloon
  • The Brasher Set That Got Away
       Bidding on these golden beauties on eBay was going along just great this week when a new bidder entered the fray. I checked the bidding and feedback histories of the new arrival and found they only bid on the Seller's items. A bit more checking of other frequent bidders on the Seller's previous items revealed another Bidder who not only bid only on the Seller's items but also had feedback only from the Seller. The bidding history of many items showed that those two Bidders often "competed" with each other pushing the bidding to higher and higher levels.
       I EMailed my concern about the possibility of "Shill Bidding" to the Seller and the other apparently legitimate Bidder and went to bed. The next day... POOF! ...both gold pieces had disappeared from my eBay searches and the Seller was no longer a registered eBay user.
       These particular GMM pieces are my favorite gold creations from the GMM artisans. It sure hurt my feelings to miss the chance to add another set to my midden heap. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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1787 Fugio Proof Cent
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  • What Happened To The COPY Stamp?
       Alright... alright... don't get your pantyhose in a knot! I'm just messin' with your mind. The beautiful proof Fugio Cent shown above is actually a stunning RevCOPY and ObvCOPY pair that I just won on eBay. I've seen pairs of GMM creations mounted in Capital Plastic holders so that only the non-COPY faces show which surely makes a superlative display item.
       One additional point... this pair of proofs came from Adam Kelley's personal collection. He selected these two pieces for himself out of all the proof fugios he struck. Yes, he even paid for them! So... to me ...that makes this pair "the best of the best!" EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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FIRST Official 1794 Liberty Cap/Starred Reverse Cent Strike
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    Another Unexpected Surprise!
       This sort of experience is what makes collecting GMM creations such a tremendously exciting avocation. Unexpectedly, along with the pair of Fugio proof cents, came the above 1794 cent.
       Now then... I have several 1794 cents and they are readily available from GMM still. So... having one more wouldn't normally be a BIG DEAL at all. It is the provenance of the piece, documented by the hand written coinflip insert shown above, that makes this specimen special to me.
       Adam Kelley seemed to me to be a very serious GMM worker and I never saw any indication that he had any particular interest or predilection for making custom creations. All of which means he had little opportunity to document pieces like the one shown above. When I asked him about the rarity of "AK" documented specimens he responded; "Very few, if in fact any, other such inserts exist." EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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    1794 Liberty Cap Cent with Starred Reverse XF45 $68,000
    ( Current Auction Price ... closes December 25, 2001. )
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Barry Beavers' Strawberry Leaf Wreath Cent
  • Kinda Special To My Dad And Me!
    Enlargements available on both WWW and ScrapBook CD-ROM    I am the owner of GMM Strawberry Leaf cent #1. My father entered me in the contest without my knowledge. It's an interesting story! I received the certificate in the mail and, being totally unfamiliar with GMM, I thought someone was trying to sell me something. So I tossed it in my study trash.
       I received three notices in my mailbox that I had a package from GMM. Again thinking it was a sales pitch, I picked it up on the 3rd notice when they said they were sending it back. I opened the package and tossed the penny in my wife's glove compartment, thinking again, it was a "free sample" to get me to buy something.
       A month later I was having dinner with my dad and he casually mentioned the Strawberry Leaf cent. I told him; "Yeah, somebody sent me one of those." His jaw dropped, he explained, and we recovered the cent and certificate unharmed thank goodness.
    I would never sell it, kinda special to my dad and me. Barry W. Beavers...Mon, 10 Dec 2001 22:59:29    I sent out letters via SnailMail attempting to contact those folks who received the four Strawberry Leaf Wreath Cents from "The Guys" several years ago. Barry was kind enough to EMail me back immediately to share the above narration with all of us. I wonder how many of the remaining three specimens made it safely into the hands of collectors for future generations to enjoy? EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

    Barry Beavers' Ownership Certificate
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    Wax Impression Of CANCELLED
    Strawberry Leaf Wreath Obverse Die

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  • "Reproducing History" - Originals, Replicas and Restrikes
       The January 2002 issue of Link:COINage just landed in my mailbox and "The Guys" made it to publication AGAIN starting on page 52. Richard Giedroyc wrote an interesting article that is definitely worth picking up on your newsstand if you don't already subscribe. I particularly liked the picture of Ron wearing his headgear of choice as usual. I think that every time he sees a camera he grabs for his headband magnifiers. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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    "New Coins From An Old Cargo"
       The November 2001 issue of Link:COINage was given to me by Ron Landis. "The Guys" made it to publication in it starting on page 104. David L. Ganz wrote an interesting article on the Kellogg Restrikes from the SS Central America's gold. There is also a full page advertisement on page 23 by Bowers and Merena Galleries which has a greatly detailed map of "The Treasure Voyage", August 20 - September 12, 1857. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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Bill (Jameson) Zach's most recent nickel carving
Progress You Can Actually See!
   Bill sent me scans as his carving progressed and I think they are so neat I just had to share them with you.
   Viking carvings have been really popular... particularly over the last few years. Steven Adams has done a couple, Arthur Hutchison has done several, Bill Jameson has carved the one shown above for me and Joe Paonessa just weighed in with one also. There most likely are a number of other Viking carvings done fairly recently but these are just the ones that come to mind as I write this. Shown below are Adams#1, Adams#2, Hutchison and Paonessa carvings for your education and enjoyment.
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   I had sent a scan of the Hutchison carving to Bill Jameson so he would know what I was looking for and you can imagine my surprise when Steven Adams posted a piece right after that and then Joe Paonessa showed me his excellent carving all in the same week. If I recall correctly Joe told me his carving wasn't finished yet. I know the scan he sent me still had it glued to a piece of plywood. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
  • Pittsburgh Numismatic Society Medals
       Following is text excerpted from the Link:Pittsburgh Numismatic Society webpage: PITTSBURGH NUMISMATIC SOCIETY (PNS) will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in June, 2000. As part of the celebrations, the club will be issuing gold and silver medals. The medal was designed by one of PNS' members and will be engraved and struck by Ron Landis at the GALLERY MINT. This is the first time that the Gallery Mint has ever muled any of their dies with an outside design.
       The gold obverse will be a replica of the 1796 Eagle and the silver obverse will be your choice of either the 1794 or 1796 Half Dollar. (This should make the medals roughly 30.6-31.8mm in diameter.-vrw) The reverse will feature a design commemorating PNS's anniversary. It will have as its central theme a triangle representing Pittsburgh's most notable icon... The Golden Triangle. The Golden Triangle (Pittsburgh's business district) is bounded on the north by the Allegheny River and the south by the Monongahela River. These 2 rivers come together at the point to form the mighty Ohio. Surrounding the triangle on the medal is PITTSBURGH NUMISMATIC SOCIETY 1950-2000. In the center of the triangle will be the stylized logo of the club's initials.
       Mintages will be limited to the exact number of pre-booked orders. The prices are $350 for the gold and $25 for the silver. Shipping and handling charges are as follows: $2.00 for the 1st silver and $1.00 for each additional, and $7.00 for each gold. Shipment is expected to be by the end of June, 2000.

       I removed a bit of the contact information because the ordering information is no longer useful since the order deadline is long past. My reason for quoting so much of their original text here is because the subject matter is growing stale and I fully expect the webpage to be modified any moment to reflect some subject of more current interest to PNS's membership.
       Today I was able to locate a pair of the silver medals from a private individual and my check is written and ready to go out in tomorrow's SnailMail. The medals struck were; 6 gold with the $10 Eagle die, 46 silver with the 1794 Half Dollar die and 45 silver with the 16star 1796 Half Dollar die.
       One can find information in the most obscure places! Today I found a posting to a Yahoo Group, Pgh-NS, "PNS Posting Request for cost of Minting medals information", Tue Nov 6, 2001, in which Nancy Ambrass informed us that it cost $300 to have this PNS reverse die created. Now I wonder where this die has gotten to... did it get sent to PNS or is it still at GMM? Questions... always questions! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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