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2002
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Index
Links
Link: 2000 GMM Hobo Token Silver MULE
Link: [ Mona And Dandy Don Move To Kansas ]
Link: Wreath Cent Bust Comparison
Link: An Undocumented Wreath Cent Obverse Die
Link: [ It's Always Something! ]
Link: Forever Making Waves!
Link: A Really COOL Seal
Link: I Gotta Pay Closer Attention
Link: [ "Plukajah" Ears On Hobo Nickel Carvings ]
Link: The Landis Factor
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  • 2000 GMM Hobo Token Silver MULE
       I had given up hope a long time ago of ever acquiring a Gallery Mint Museum Hobo Token mule struck with an Indian Obverse die and a Buffalo Reverse die. Bet you I asked Ron a half dozen times for one of these struck in any metal... even simply struck over a Jefferson nickel. Ron's reason for denying me such a specimen was legitimate enough. He felt it was too much like a legal tender US coin so it would need a COPY stamp and he just didn't feel like it was an area that GMM should get "off into." I tried to argue that the "HOBO TOKEN" on the reverse in place of the normal "FIVE CENTS" should be enough to keep GMM in the clear with the legal folks but my opinion didn't sway Ron. I finally gave up... after all, GMM is Ron's business and I'm just a customer.
       When this SILVER MULE showed up on eBay I couldn't believe my eyes. I knew it came from the Adam Kelley lots sold late last year on eBay so the provenance was certainly superb. I figured it was probably a 2001 Hobo Token silver planchet struck with these two 2000 Hobo Token dies. Although... I couldn't see why Adam would do that as he never did "fool around" much as far as I could see. He was a very serious and professional craftsman.
       When this COOL specimen arrived in my mailbox I was in for another surprise. It was struck on a silver planchet all right but NOT a 2001 Hobo Token silver planchet! It is much thinner than the 2001 silver creations. I am now laboring under the assumption that Ron had a few trial strikes made from 2000 Hobo Token dies on handmade silver planchets. He probably even specified that the Indian and Buffalo dies be used so that he didn't end up with silver versions of the previous year's normal issue Hobo Tokens. This would have happened while he was making plans for the 2001 Hobo Tokens to be struck on silver rather than being struck over Jefferson Nickels as most previous years had been created. I'd bet though that Ron never intended for this 2000 silver MULE to escape the mint as he has these sorts of trial pieces melted down as a matter of standard operating proceedure.
       I feel fortunate to have acquired this great specimen and I consider it a really special addition to my GMM midden heap. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

"Mona" and "Dandy Don" pair of carved nickels by Cliff Kraft

Mona And Dandy Don Move To Kansas
   SQUAW LAKE -- 24 March 2002 -- MONA (L-40) (grand daughter of Monique) after failing a chromosome test, she left a very well paying (though seasonal) job as a product taste tester at a kipper factory in a small Norwegian fishing village, and became owner of the largest drive-thru lutefisk restaurant in the area. WAY TO GO MONA! Asked her secret for success, she replied "being able to tell when the fisk turns bad." Mona has had a nose job, a chin tuck, an eyebrow pluck, and a quickie perm, and says she's ready for anything. Mona is (by popular demand) dating some of our local boycus (Fin boys.) All it costs is a can of kippers (in oil), nun of dat mustard stuff for our "girl?" - Clifford L. Kraft
   SQUAW LAKE -- 31 March 2002 -- DANDY DON (L-41) is the local cop who doesn't think anything is funny (almost looks like Sergeant Preston.) Right now he is all dressed up and on his way to see the "ladies." Maybe we can get him to smile later. Don is a very nice coin with lots of alterations and some great detail, hand carved with T.L.C. Newsworthy items gleaned from The Upper Popple River Gazette: 1) Cliff Kraft reports email from PayPal asking if they could plan on Verne Walrafen's deposit being on time again this week. 2) Dandy Don, our local law, has been terminated. After failing a breath test with respect to kippers left in his care as evidence from Enga's Massage Lodge. Don said he would leave tomorrow morning for Kansas to accept a driving position with Mona's Home Delivery Lutefisk. He was overheard to say as he left; "They call it the Sunflower State now, just wait!" - Clifford L. Kraft
   Mona arrived in Kansas with a 100g can of Brunswick Kippers (Herring Fish Fillets) tucked under her left arm... HONEST, I'm not pulling your leg. Do you suppose they would make good catfish bait? I was hoping Dandy Don would show up with the monthly payroll from the Kipper factory until I realized that the factory was back in the old country. The drive-thru lutefisk restaurant didn't even have enough cashflow to keep the lights on so I reckon that option is out. Keeping up with the personal history of all the folks around Squaw Lake can be difficult from this far a remove. Mona and Dandy Don will have to settle for sharing living accomodations with Fatima and her handler Hadji Ali. I have been led to understand that camels smell a bit rank. I do know if you let a camel get his head in your tent pretty soon you have the whole camel in the tent with you. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen


"Hadji Ali" and "Fatima" double carved nickel by Cliff Kraft

OZAWKIE -- Special Edition 2 April 2002 -- Authorities report today that recently discharged Squaw Lake Law Enforcement Officer Dandy Don has absconded with the payroll from Boycus Lutefisk Enterprises (specializing in mailorder Lutefisk TV dinners), formerly Mona's Drive-thru Lutefisk Restaurant, and that it is known to be hidden in a 2x2 envelope in his personal luggage. Former associates of Officer Don rushed to provide clues to his escape and destination plans in hopes of collecting the substantial 2% recovery reward posted by the new owners. Based on information previously reported right here for you, our valued readers, the search net has been concentrated on those overland routes headed into the badlands of the Kanza Territories in America's Heartland. Officer Don's purported paramour, former Squaw Lake Restauranteur Mona, has gone into hiding somewhere in the Ozawkie area and has suspected ties to a local numismatic syndicate that Kansas authorities have under close surveillance. It is presumed that Officer Don is fleeing to join Mona, perhaps with the help of the infamous Hadji Ali who is known to provide untracable transportation, by as yet unidentified means, to any who can meet his substantial prices. Hadji Ali, AKA Hi Jolly, is a seventh generation American who has strong family ties in the area of Quartzsite, Arizona. The Ali family has had de facto protection from the U.S.Military since the mid-nineteenth-century when they pioneered in early stealth technology applied to military transportation research. Since the Ali family has firmly entrenched influence at the highest levels of the U.S.Government, and has a history of being supported by appropriations from the U.S.Congress, it is little wonder that Homeland Security officials brushed aside any suggestion of mounting a full scale interdiction to put Hi Jolly out of business and capture Officer Don. An undisclosed highly placed Homeland Security source stated that he couldn't justify the allocation of an estimated $1,378,945,344.72 operational budget necessary to target Hi Jolly, and recover the reported $0.50 Boycus payroll, unless they could get White House approval to draw funds from his training and office furnishings budgets. He was overheard speculating that the Boycus CEO has a history of overstating estimated losses for insurance claim purposes anyway. - The FatMan

HI JOLLY -Randy Sparks?

Hi Jolly was a camel driver long time ago,
    he followed Mister Blaine away out west.
Didn't mind the burning sand in that god forsaken land
    but he didn't mind the purty gals the best.

Singin Hi Jolly Hey Jolly 20 miles a day by golly
   20 more before the morning light.
Hi Jolly Hey I gotta be on my way I
    told my gal I'd be home by Sunday night.

There's purty girls in Alberquerque, least that's what they say,
   there's purty girls in Tucumcari too.
But honey I ain't blind but I don't pay them any mind
    'cause I'm savin' all my lovin' just for you.

The old folks down in Arizona tell us that it's true
   you can see Hi Jolly's ghost a travelin' still.
When the desert moon is bright he comes ridin' through the night
    leadin' 4 and 20 camels cross the hill.

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A Clifford Bolling photograph.
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1793 Wreath Cents
Second Proof and Second Uncirculated Obverse Dies
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  • Wreath Cent Bust Comparison
       Lindy Stone suggested that the Second Uncirculated Obverse Die's (SUOD) bust was the same as the proof die Cliff Bolling purchased a while back. So I asked Cliff what he thought and he sent me these scans. It is true that the SUOD bust is more similar to the proof bust than it is to the First Uncirculated Obverse Die's bust. However... Cliff and I are both of the opinion that the two busts we are looking at here are distinctly different. We need to find an example of the First Proof so we can look closely at that bust. The scans I have looked at would seem to be different than the SUOD bust also. Maybe I can look at Ron's Wreath Cent dies on my next trip to Eureka Springs!
    A Clifford Bolling photograph.
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    Second Proof and Second Uncirculated Bust Close-ups
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       Cliff is certainly doing well with his numismatic photography. It is interesting how different the same specimen can look depending just on the lighting used at the time. The scan shown below is an excellent example of how drastic this can be. THANKS for the scans Cliff! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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    The SAME proof specimen under different lighting conditions
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A Clifford Bolling photograph.
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Both 1793 Wreath Cent Obverse Dies
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  • An Undocumented Wreath Cent Obverse Die
       My Numismatic Buddy Cliff Bolling recently rediscovered that GMM Numismatic Researcher Michael Czapla was unaware of when he was working on his manuscript. Lindy Stone had told us he received a wreath cent with a different obverse die when he tried to purchase a terminal die state wreath cent. I reported this observation to you along with a scan in a December2000 SBsubject Link:Czapla Helps Differentiate Wreath Cent Dies. Cliff and I have been watching for examples of this second type of wreath cent for well over a year now without success so we are assuming it was an extremely limited mintage. The most obvious difference between the two dies is the "93" in 1793 is low on the First Die and high on Second Die strikes. However... there are other distinct differences including the bust itself. I wish I knew more about the history of this interesting die. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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    1793 Wreath Cent With Second Obverse Die
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It's Always Something!
   I am always wandering off into various numismatic byways. Naturally this steals time away from generating subjects for the ScrapBook. Sorry folks... I just can't help myself. I got over 100 movie money notes last week and worked on folding them into my collection notebook for a day, all night and all the next day. Haven't done that since my college days and I can tell you that it takes me a lot longer to bounce back now. I have another 60 notes wending their way to me via USPS so they shouldn't take so many hours to merge into my collection. I'll get back to GMM creations eventually... honest I will! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen


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Early in 2001, we were fortunate to acquire a real interesting group of Hollywood movie money, also known as stage money or stage notes. These are facsimiles or total fantasies made to appear as currency in the movies and television. I believe there was a law on the books prohibiting the depiction of actual United States paper money in films at one time. This law, plus the difficulty of controlling a large quantity of real money on the set, required the use of stage notes. It is also likely that defunct genuine currencies such as old Confederate and Mexican revolution money were used in the early days of Hollywood for this purpose. The story goes that there just wasn't enough to handle all of Tinseltown's needs after a while, so the fake prop notes were made up.

The notes we acquired came from Ellis Props & Graphics Partners, which closed recently after being in business since 1908. Over the past century, props provided by Ellis have been used in many famous movies and well-known TV shows such as Ben-Hur, Titanic, and The Wild, Wild West. In early June, 2000, the company's prop holdings were auctioned off at the Universal Hilton and on the Internet. We acquired our notes from a gentleman who purchased many, if not all, of the prop notes.



We have a vast assortment of all different types of movie prop notes representing banknotes from Mexico, the United States, the Confederacy, France, England, Egypt, Cuba, Italy, and Vietnam, among other locales! Some of the stage notes are direct copies of genuine bills. Others are altered to say "FOR MOTION PICTURE USE ONLY" or might have subtle alterations, or are total fabrications. Obviously the U.S. bills are not faithful reproductions due to the anti-counterfeiting laws! Most of the notes are in nice condition; however, some were obviously used or stored carelessly and have some folds, crinkles, tears, dirt, etc. just like a real note that circulates. The variety of different items found and the entertainment they provide to paper money collectors make them a popular adjunct to the hobby. Also, imagine what great actor/actress may have held your note in a scene somewhere!
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Clifford Bolling photographs.
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PEACE                                 First3                                 Regular1
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Regular3                               Regular4                               Regular5
Gallery Mint Museum Dollar Obverse Dies
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  • Forever Making Waves!
       Link:Here is a photo (only if you are viewing this webpage from a GMM ScrapBook CD-ROM - vrw) showing the bottom curl on the following GMM dollars; the 1996 PEACE, 1796 first design obverse 3, 1796 regular design obverse 1, 1796 regular design obverse 4, and the latest 1796 regular design obverse 5. All except the latest obverse 5 die show a three line curl between the bottom curl and the next higher curl. The GMM proof dies all have this addition, and all the first design dies, too. All original 1796 obverse dollar dies also exhibit this extra curl. The missing "three line curl" on the latest 1796 GMM dollar is a genuine error/variety. I talked to Timothy at the Mint and he wasn't aware that there had been an omission on this die, and he said he would talk to Ron about it. He didn't know what Ron would do about it, either continue to use this die as is, or add the 3 line curl to this die, or retire this die and create a new one. Am I forever making waves, or what? Mostly, I'm looking for a good excuse for taking more pictures. - Clifford D. Bolling...Fri, 8 Mar 2002 12:27:15
       I had a small scale scan (the lower left one with a very thin border) of the 1796 regular design obverse 3 curl so I stuck it in with Cliff's new scans for the sake of more completeness. I reckon Cliff is more of a Numismatist than I am because the missing three line curl doesn't bother me a bit. I figure the die "is what it is" and doesn't need correction. Ron may take a different view however since he always works so dilligently to insure that his recreations are as much like the originals as physically possible. I don't mind waves as long as it isn't somebody's blood that is splashing around. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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A Clifford Bolling photograph.
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Gallery Mint Museum Small Screwpress Seal
"RL" is Ron's personal hallmark.
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  • A Really COOL Seal
       Ah... NOT the furry kind of course even though they are COOL too! I knew that Cliff had sent me a scan not too long ago of a different GMM seal and so I went looking. I found it... so that saves me a lot of time that I'd have to invest to find and scan this same seal from one of my own pieces. I really appreciate it when Cliff sends me scans ...as it makes my life MUCH simpler... THANKS Cliff!
       This "RL" GMM seal is especially nice in my opinion. I love the wreath as it is quite similar to the 1793 Wreath Cent reverse die that Ron created. Additionally I am always pleased to find any specimen with Ron's personal "RL" hallmark included in the design. If my rememberer isn't broken I think I recall Cliff telling me that this uniface strike is on a GMM one cent planchet complete with edge lettering. That gives this great specimen additional appeal in my book! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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A Clifford Bolling photograph.
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Both Different 1992 Gallery Mint Museum Large Screwpress Seals
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  • I Gotta Pay Closer Attention
    Enlargements available on both WWW and ScrapBook CD-ROM    Obviously Cliff pays much closer attention than I do as he recently pointed out to me that TheGuys have two different "ES" GMM seal dies. Somewhere I have another seal die or perhaps even a couple others and I'll have to look them up for you. There is also a Royal Mint seal die in my midden heap someplace. However, I wasn't aware that there were two "ES" GMM seal dies that were so similar. As usual with Ron's work... both are really SUPER creations. If you are viewing this from a GMM ScrapBook CD-ROM then you are invited to check out the Link:1787 Fugio Die Copper Test Strip that these two seal dies were used on. Cliff's test strip also shows both of the Fugio dies that were used to create the Fugio Cents at GMM. One die has a period behind the 1787 date while the other die does not. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
    A Clifford Bolling photograph.
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    The same two seal dies shown in situ on Cliff's test strip.
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"Plukajah" Ears On Hobo Nickel Carvings
   Everybody has ears as we all know. Steven Alpert tells us that; The ear is a feature that the hobonickel artist had to create from scratch, as there is no ear on the original coin. Thus there is a wide variety in the size, shape, placement, and appearance of ears on hobo nickels. The better artists made nicely detailed ears, with internal features (ridges and depressions) and earlobes. Some early hobo nickel artists have been nicknamed based on the distinctive style of the ears they made (such as "Peanut Ear"). Our modern carvers work hard to create realistic ears and I decided to show a few examples to all y'all here. Of course no carver does his ears just one way throughout their carving career. Arthur Hutchison is an excellent example of the variety of ears that an artist produces... and he has LOTS of other ears I haven't shown you below. This is just a sampling naturally. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

A broad sampling of Arthur Hutchison's carved ears.
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A Clifford Bolling photograph.
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GMM Stanton Token Struck In Copper - 22.5mm
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  • The Landis Factor
       I don't know what it is about this simple little token that appeals to me. When pressed to explain this to Cliff I finally attributed it to "the Landis factor." Only Ron could create such an elegant engraving for such a simple and basically mundane function. It is similar to the difference one feels when comparing a cherry wood desk created by a New England craftsman to a pressed wood desk sold by K-Mart. They may provide the same functionality but there simply isn't any comparison possible. This is a very low mintage issue and Cliff was fortunate to pick up this pair of tokens at an exceptionaly good price. Way to go Cliff!
       If you are viewing this from a GMM ScrapBook CD-ROM then you are invited to visit an in-depth SBsubject on the Stanton tokens entitled Link:Elect J.T.Stanton For ANA In 1995. Sorry those scans are no longer posted on the Internet although the text of that SBsubject is still there of course. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
    A Clifford Bolling photograph.
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    GMM Stanton Token Struck In Brass - 22.5mm
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