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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
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ScrapBook Subjects
Link: Two Heads Are Better Than One
Link: [ For The Precious Metal Bugs Among Us! ]
Link: Ron Landis Signed Concept Dollar
Link: At A Loss For Words
Link: [ Scruffy: Storyteller, Carver And Fisherman ]
Link: Whoops... Oh Well!
Link: Definitely 'COPY' Banged On The Dies
Link: Time For Summer Reruns?
Link: "Here They Are!"
Link: [ An Emmett Kelly Masterpiece By Steve Adams ]
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A Clifford Bolling photograph.
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1796/1793 HalfCent MULE
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A Randy Conway photograph.
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  • Two Heads Are Better Than One
       I just received a really great GMM 'mule' today from Randy Conway (top$paid) of Lake Elsinore Coins in California. One side is the 1796 with pole half cent obverse and the other side is the 1793 half cent obverse. Both are the regular production dies. The insert is dated June 97. Production of the 1793 half cents ended in August of 1997, and production of the 1796 pieces began in June of 1997. Someone must have thought it would be fun to pair these two obverses. I wonder if there are any more like this out there? Pretty neat piece! - Clifford Bolling...Tue, 28 May 2002 15:06:30
       I watched this COOL specimen sell on eBay and I certainly would like to have had it but I decided to save my money for fishing and sunrooms. Sure glad it went to a good appreciative home! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
For The Precious Metal Bugs Among Us!

SILVER QuotesGOLD Quotes
I think this continually updated chart is interesting. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
A Link:David Campbell photograph.

A Ron Landis photograph.

1799 Draped Bust Cent
  • At A Loss For Words
       I can't decide if I've been struck dumb by my admiration for Ron Landis' wonderful talent or if I'm just displaying my usual lack of grace under fire. Public speaking/writing has never been my long suit. I have asked Ron to write a few words to introduce this newest creation in GMM's stable of products but he hasn't gotten back to me yet. If he does I'll be certain to share it with you here. If you want to see his original scans, and are using a ScrapBook CD-ROM, then here ya go! ..... Ron Landis original Link:obverse and Link:reverse scans. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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by Clifford L. Kraft
Scruffy: Storyteller, Carver And Fisherman
   sto穜y穞ell積r n. 1.a. One who tells or writes stories. b. One who relates anecdotes. 2. Informal. One who tells lies. ;-)
   This is "GUIDO" (L-31). When I carved this coin, I thought it was Jamie Farr (Klinger) proving there is life after M.A.S.H. (I love that hat.) I have now been informed, by a reliable source, that it is his brother who had his name changed to Guido Farrinelli when he moved to Italy to drive for the Ferrari racing team... where he would still be, but for the fact that they always gave him a helmet that was two sizes too small, (he wears a 7 1/2) and you thought a tight shoe hurt. Since coming to our area "GUIDO" has made his living selling used womens clothing, which he receives from his brother Jamie, twice a week. He has been appointed director of both our local homeland security, and our all male Audubon Society Choir (the hairy chested nut scratchers.) He got both positions after promising everyone in town a ride in his little red Italian sports car. "GUIDO" says he is tired of subsidizing his income by picking night crawlers all night, and guiding mushroom hunters on his days off. He is looking for a new position, possibly driving, maybe even a golf cart? Something where he can get more sleep, and fewer headaches. He is willing to give discounts on his remaining inventory (both clothes and crawlers), if he can find something where he would not have to rely on them. "GUIDO" is hand carved on a full date, liberty, and horn 1935 XF+ buffalo nickel, with some great modifications, great details, and a great hat. Do you have a place for "GUIDO"? - Clifford Kraft...May-19-02 17:09:51

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by Clifford L. Kraft

   This is "JESSIE" (L-38). The nude photographer who couldn't find anyone who wanted their picture taken by a guy with no clothes on, so he shaved his head and ran for public office. (Smooth move Jessie!) Well, he was elected, and has sold his camera, but is still causing quite a bit of controversy. Will he run again, only "JESSIE" knows. He is hand carved on a beautiful 1938D BU coin with nice modifications and details. He is now thinking about an alternate vocation that would be permanent, and befitting the life style he has become accustomed to. - Clifford Kraft...Monday, May-13-02 18:03:36

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"Kipper Gramps"
by Bill Zach

   Here we have another LI... whoops... YARN spun by our resident tale spinner Scruffy for Nickel Carver Bill (Jameson) Zach!
   What you seem to have here, is a case of "Lutefisk-dystrophy" a malody brought on when a person has lied, telling people he is Norwegian, and tries to swallow his first mouthfull of this lye soaked delicacy. This is especially evident if the person is trying to smile at the same time or doesn't think anyone is watching. This is very easily recognized by someone from the upper midwest, with the proper ancestry. It is very seldom fatal, as properly cooked lutefisk has the consistancy of jellied snot, and is spit up rather easily. Needless to say, in front of this person is not the place to be.
   While "Kipper-dystrophy" is a little more serious, it is a little harder to recognize, as the person must drop their drawers, and bend over, to the rear of this person is not the place to be. Basically, if you can remember where to stand, you should have no problems. If you have a problem remembering, it probably isn't a bad idea to carry a small umbrella, and stay ALERT!... or carry a large one and have an "I don't give a damn" attitude. I really like the eyes on Kipper Gramps, you got just the right squint! - Clifford Kraft...Tuesday, May 14, 2002 22:32

   The position of Chronicler for Clifford "Scruffy" Kraft is available to any interested party with appropriate qualifying experience and/or educational credentials. There is a desperate need for somebody to capture the wanderings of Scruffy's fertile mind and imagination. If Will Rogers hadn't been published then he would have faded into obscurity. Don't let this happen to Scruffy! This would be a non-paid position naturally. Perhaps we need to contact NPR... some Minnesota boys get paid to tell their tales over the radio waves. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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Die Scratch On 1794 Dollar Reverse Die
  • Whoops... Oh Well!
       I always thought the reverse die used for the pattern 1794 dollar was retired along with the obverse after striking, but it was obviously used again to strike regular issue pieces. There is a die scratch in the field on the inside of the wreath that runs from a berry to a pair of leaves below ST of STATES, and that die scratch shows on my pattern dollars and the strip dollar! So far, there only seems to be a single reverse die with no berry below A of STATES. - Clifford D. Bolling...Tue, 30 Apr 2002 18:21:01
       Good catch Cliff! I hadn't noticed the die scratch (the red arrow.) Obviously Ron had too much work invested in this die when his graver slipped... Whoops! he went ahead and used the die. I had noticed that this original "no berry below A of STATES" reverse die developed a crack (the yellow arrow) during the striking of the terminal die state strikes that I showed you in Link:Watching A Die Come Apart. I recall that the 1794 "no stars" obverse die was used for the original issue of 794 strikes and then had 15 new stars added to it. So it makes sense that the reworked die then continued to be used with the original "no berry" reverse die. Neither die was retired until they broke up just recently. Ron created new 1794 dollar dies when he got his new microscope because he wanted to improve on his creations not because the original pair of dies had worn out. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

An Adam Kelley Collection Specimen.
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Uniface 1794 Half Cent
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  • Definitely 'COPY' Banged On The Dies
       I received the two pieces with the multiple copy stamps on the reverse. Enclosed are some pictures showing the obverse and a mirror image reverse. Everywhere there is a reverse copy stamp, there is strong obverse detail. Also, there is evidence that the blanks bounced around during this abuse, as they both show significant strike doubling.
       Pretty weird to think that someone somehow propped up the obverse dies for the small head 1793 Liberty Cap cent and the 1794 Liberty Cap half cent, then took some blank planchets with the appropriate edge lettering, placed them on the up-ended dies, then pounded them with a COPY stamp, thereby imparting partial design transfer from the dies.
       I believe these two obverse dies were not contemporaries, which would mean either this was done a couple times over a period of years, OR someone dug out the old 1793 cent die and the 1794 half cent die at the same time and created these both at the same time. Actually, the 1793 cent piece looks older than the half cent piece, so it looks like someone there is in the habit(?) of doing this. Are there more out there??
       Another consideration, when was the 1794 half cent die first created/available to do this? Must have been fairly recently, the last year or so, implying that it is something that might occur in the future?? and maybe more are already floating around?? IT BOGGLES THE MIND! I have to rest, now. - Clifford D. Bolling...Tue, 7 May 2002 19:31:34
    If you want to see Cliff's original scans, and are using a ScrapBook CD-ROM, then here ya go! ..... Cliff Bolling original 1794 HalfCent Links: profile, date, copy, mirror scans and 1793 Cent Links: profile, date, copy, mirror scans.
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       These are the two specimens we showed you in previous SBsubject Link:A Small Hoard Of Adam Kelley Creations. As you can see from the missing letters in "_IBE_TY", that are opposite the unstamped areas surrounding the COPY counterstamps, I agree with Cliff's analysis of how these two specimens were created. I think that John Wright also got a similar piece or two in his lot purchased from Adam Kelley. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
    An Adam Kelley Collection Specimen.
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    Uniface 1793 Cent
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1787 New Jersey Cent - Terminal Die State Strike
  • Time For Summer Reruns?
       I know I have shown all y'all this GMM creation in a previous SBsubject but this specific specimen sold on eBay just recently for the BARGAIN price of $16.16 plus shipping. Other than being a wonderful specimen showing some great die deterioration, this specimen is also almost 10% wider than it is tall (unless the Seller's camera has warped the picture.) Looking at the rim details I think the picture accurately depicts the actual specimen because there is a lot of extra material outside the dentils.
       So... even if this is Summer and this SBsubject is a "rerun" I think it well worth showing again. Tom was lucky to purchase it so inexpensively. I would have bid higher on it myself except for the fact my wife has twisted my arm until I agreed to add a SunRoom with a HotTub on the homestead this summer. I gotta go fishing and forget the checks that I will be writing in August!
       This isn't really an oval piece, right? Just a picture taken at about a 30-40 degree angle from parallel. - Clifford D. Bolling...Fri, 24 May 2002 15:59:04 Hard to say... I wondered about it. It seems to have extra metal at both 3:00 and 9:00 outside the dentils. Perhaps the way it was photographed is the simplest answer... Occam's razor and all that! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

A Ron Landis photograph.

1792 Silver Center Cent
  • "Here They Are!"
       It always seems to be a bit of a struggle to come up with something interesting to say about certain GMM creations because I don't have the background information on each piece that Ron has. As I recently told him... sometimes all I can think of is "Here they are!" which seems definitely uninteresting, particularly if repeated creation after creation. In the case of the 1792 Silver Center Cent, "Here they are!" really is appropriate because many of Ron's customers have been asking for this creation from almost the beginning of GMM. I suspect it was a bit of a technical challenge to create these pieces and thus the long time in arriving. Perhaps Ron will share some of that detail with us eventually. For the moment "Here They Are!" is what you are getting.
       One small bit of news... this is the first time Ron has been able to send me scans directly from GMM and I am tickled pink! I have definite hopes that we will benefit from MORE Ron Landis scans in the future and thus be kept up-to-date better on the activities at the mint. Ron's scans were strong in both the red and yellow parts of the spectrum and I toned them down just a hair. If you want to see his original scans, and are using a ScrapBook CD-ROM, then here ya go! ..... Ron Landis original Link:obverse and Link:reverse scans. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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An Emmett Kelly Masterpiece By Steve Adams
   OK... OK... I have wandered pretty far afield from Ron Landis and the Gallery Mint Museum AGAIN! Perhaps I should change the name of this eclectic collection of esoteric numismatic subjects to Verne's Numismatic ScrapBook.
   Steve told me this week about this wonderful carving that he created for a customer. Glad you like the carving Verne. It was inspired by an Emmett Kelly character. You could say I spent the weekend clowning around. I would love to show the eBay crowd something like this, but the market wouldn't support a carving that takes several or more days. I don't know if the scan shows it, but this one is really deep. He looks right back at you, as if he has something to say. There may not be words, but the expression says it all. Hate to see this one go, Heidi likes it too. She says it has a certain charm. I have some more interesting work in process. Eventually it will all be on the website: Link:SGA Sculpture Engraving, Link:Steve's Hobo Nickels and Link:Hobo Gallery... and, yes, there are several more portraits coming. - Steven G. Adams...Mon, 29 Apr 2002 22:18:12
   This is one of those times when I really wish I was independently wealthy! I am totally blown away by the genius evident in this carving. My corresponding friend and nickel carver Clifford Kraft is likewise impressed as you can tell from his comments: They do not get any nicer than this, the only way I would enjoy it more, is if I had done it. I could sit and look at it all day. I don't think people appreciate the workmanship that goes with something like this. It is truly beautiful. I am just sitting and looking at this coin. You can have the art and engraving education. the experience, talent, and everything that goes with it, but if you don't have pride in what you do, you don't have a chance of even coming close to this. I guess what I am trying to say is that even Steve couldn't do work like this, without pride in what he does. Where can the man go from here? Cliff has pretty much said it all. No need for me to ramble on and on effervescing about this stunning carving. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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