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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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Link: They Don't Come Any Better Than These!
Link: [ How Do You Get To Carnegie Hall? ]
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Link: A Legimate Production Error
Link: A SixPack Of Custom Struck Wreath Cents
Link: ScrapBook Cursors Come Under Fire
Link: [ Phineas Taylor Barnum ]
Link: From Buffalo Nickels...
Link: Have You Seen This Die Crack Before?
Link: GMM Overstrikes On US Silver Coinage
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A Lindy Stone photograph.

GMM Annual Medal 1993/1994 Obverses MULE - Serial #000

GMM Annual Medal 1993/1994 Reverses MULE - Serial #000
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  • They Don't Come Any Better Than These!
       This set of GMM Annual Medal Mules have absolutely EVERYTHING going for them! They are; HEAVY 1.5oz silver, LANDIS at his very best on large canvas pieces, RARE with only 10 sets struck, TRUE ERRORS since they were unintentionally struck with the 1993 and 1994 obverse dies paired and the 1993 and 1994 reverse dies paired, UNUSUAL since most mule strikes do not pair obverse dies and reverse dies, DREAM EDGES since Ron always pays special attention to the edges on his medals, PROVENANCE "to die for" (no pun intended) that is quite simply beyond compare since these originally came from the GMM Archive (something that has never happened previous to this that I am aware of)... I could go on but my fingers are getting tired and I expect your attention may be wandering by now.
       Let's just say that I can state without equivocation that these are my absolute favorite creation to come out of the Landis dream shop. There are other creations that I like almost as much but this set still holds the front position in this ongoing horse race.
       Of the ten sets struck I purchased one set from Ron HIMSELF and was fortunate to purchase the Hardcastle set off eBay a while back. Even with two sets in my midden heap I was definitely hard pressed to hold myself back from bidding on the set you see here. If it weren't for my SunRoom project I'd have been in there swinging!
       If you would like to read additional material about these SUPER mules check out the SBsubject created in October 2001: Link:That's A Mule Of A Different Color. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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A Clifford Kraft photograph.
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Bob
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A Clifford Kraft photograph.
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Sow&Cub
How Do You Get To Carnegie Hall?
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A Clifford Kraft photograph.
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Hungry Horse Montana
Trade Dollar
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A Clifford Kraft photograph.
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Jasper Alberta
Trade Dollar
   "Practice, man, practice!" ...or... perhaps it should be "Patience, man, patience!". Bill Jameson is not the only person to take inspiration from existing coins, medals, and tokens. Cliff Kraft, ABC, recently carved a SUPER worn out horse based on the Trade Dollar shown here on the left. Now he has spent HOURS/DAYS creating a Sow&Cub carving based on the Trade Dollar shown here on the right. If I had put this much work into a carving I wouldn't feel the few bucks I might get from an eBay sale would be adequate compensation. On the other hand, you can't keep everything you carve and the next one will certainly be better than the last one without doubt. Just wait and see!
   I am really anxious to see Cliff's next CRITTER CARVING. Do they have pelicans in Minnesota? I know I love Fatima, my camel carving, by our Native Fishing Guide and Aurora Borealis Carver. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
A step by step progression along the road to completion!
I'd have been happy to add the First stage specimen to my collection ...but the final carving (shown above) is absolutely superlative!
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Clifford Kraft photographs.
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Enlargements available on both WWW and ScrapBook CD-ROM    My name is Jasper and this carving is of my Mom and me. I am very big for a Grizzly of my age, but Mom is the bigger bear. My Mom is very smart and is teaching me everything I will need to know when I go out on my own, which I am looking forward to. I asked Mom what happened to the buffalo, who's place we took, and all she would say is "When you get older." She did tell me about how the Park Service tells the hikers who go into bear country to wear bells, blow whistles, and carry pepper spray. She went on to explain the difference in bear dungs. The Black Bear's contains seeds, grasses, and small animal fur, while the Grizzlies' contains bells, whistles, and smells of pepper spray. Boy I can't wait to get older! - Jasper, AKA Clifford Kraft...Sat, 22 Jun 2002 21:00:06

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A Clifford Bolling photograph.
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1787 New Jersey cent struck with medal/book die alignment.
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  • A Legimate Production Error
       After showing all y'all Lindy's superlative Custom Struck Wreath Cent Errors I thought it would be a good thing to show that TheGuys do make legimate production errors occasionally. This sort of error is not as spectacular as the special order specimens but I like them better in general... especially when they are documented errors like this New Jersey cent. Eighty-eight specimens means there are enough out there for most serious GMM collectors to add a specimen to their collection if they stay alert. Error or not... this particular GMM creation is a BEAUTIFUL specimen. Definitely one of my favorite pieces from the graver of Ron Landis!
       Speaking of legitimate production errors... I have received a report of there being this same error, medal/book die alignment, for the 1995 Con$ept Dollar issue. So there is another one to keep alert for when you are drooling over a group of GMM creations at your next coin convention. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

6/19
A Lindy Stone photograph.

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A Lindy Stone photograph.

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A Lindy Stone photograph.

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A Lindy Stone photograph.

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  • A SixPack Of Custom Struck Wreath Cents
       Lindy arrived on the scene early enough that he was able to order Custom Struck GMM Wreath Cents! He is offering a few on eBay as I write this. He WOULD put them up for sale when I'm committed to a new SunRoom. That just leaves them for all you other collectors of GMM creations. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
A Lindy Stone photograph.
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Example ScrapBook Cursors
  • ScrapBook Cursors Come Under Fire

    Homepage Cursor
       GMM ScrapBook fan Mike Wallace wrote me today that he had received an EMail message expressing the opinion that the information content of the ScrapBook website is diminished or distorted because of the graphics image trailing the cursor.
       I originally implemented the trailing cursor because I had nice small GMM related graphics files that I wanted to share with the viewer without having to generate a SBsubject for it. Bits and pieces of things too nice to discard and not appropriate for a full SBsubject. Of course, the items used have become varied and diverse as time has passed until I found the date/time mechanism which I REALLY like. I would express my opinion that it is both unobtrusive and useful.
       I am not so in love with the trailing cursor feature that I would fight to keep it ...and... the work to remove them is quite trivial. On the other hand I'm not eager to make website changes based on single feedbacks. I learned during my long career in database management that changing things everytime there is an opinion expressed leads to changing things right back when other users complain that something they liked/needed has disappeared.
       Mike Wallace expressed the opinion; I kind of like them, but they do at times get in the way of what I'm trying to read and I have to keep moving my mouse to see what I'm reading. I could go either way. Personally I normally have my cursor on the right hand border and the trailing graphic is off screen.
       Mike feels that ScrapBook fans might be reluctant to tell the FatMan that they didn't like something so he has volunteered to accept EMail messages expressing your opinions at: EMail:Mike Wallace. He will then tell me what the consensus is and I will react accordingly. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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P.T. (Phineas Taylor) Barnum (1810-1891)
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Bridgeport Commemorative
Phineas Taylor Barnum
   Bill (Jameson) Zach was inspired by a picture of the 1936 Fifty Cent Bridgeport, Connecticut Commemorative (shown here to the right.) So he drew on his massive native talent and created the two nickel carvings shown above. I think both carvings are superb and wanted to share them with you here.
   I am of the opinion that Bill has captured P.T.'s ear much better than the professional engraver of the commemorative half dollar did. I was at a wedding on June 8th and kept getting distracted from the activities at hand by observing the ears of the wedding guests, most of whom were total strangers to me. I kept wishing I had a digital camera so I could wander around and record the variety of different ears evident in the crowd. Some folks have very small compact ears and others have ears that take up half the side of their heads... REALLY COOL!
   For those of you who might like to read a complete online book about P.T., here is: Link:A Unique Story of a Marvellous Career. Life of Hon. Phineas T. Barnum by Joel Benton, from the Encyclopedia of the Self by Mark Zimmerman.
   If you are using a ScrapBook CD-ROM, then here are two enlargements of Bill's Link:FIRST and Link:SECOND P.T.Barnum carvings and a nice signed postcard Link:PHOTO of P.T. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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Ron Landis Reverse Carved Buffalo Nickels
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  • From Buffalo Nickels...
       I should know better... but when a recent SnailMail delivery included an ANA publication (printed on HEAVY newsprint paper in newspaper format) I leafed through it, clipped the one item of interest, and pitched the remainder. Now that I want to tell all y'all about this article, From Buffalo Nickels..., I can't get anybody to tell me what the ANA publication was. I'm sure no author was credited in the area of the article itself. I strongly suspect that the carved nickels themselves are in Gail Baker's timecapsule. I called Ron Landis yesterday and he confirmed, from my brief verbal description, that the carvings are his and he recalls that they were sold to Gail Baker. If you want to read the article itself you have to contact ANA or go to an ANA convention I suspect... unless you have a ScrapBook CD-ROM, in which case I have archived a copy that you can read by clicking on the reduced size article scan here on the right.
       The detail of the "Bos Under Trestle" carving simply blows this old man's mind! Not only that but I'd bet that Ron carved this without the aid of a microscope... just his standard headgear magnifers. I love the detail of the markings on the sides of the Engine and the CoalCar. Wonder what the hobos have in the can? Ron could have put a label on the can since he was definitely down to that level of detail. They probably have some farmer's chicken gently stewing in the can so a label wouldn't have helped. Talk about detail! Ron even put the Hobo symbol for SafeCamp on the bridge abutment.
       I love the way that Ron worked the back of the Buffalo, or should I call it more properly a Bison?, into the carving as smoke from the Engine. If you are using a ScrapBook CD-ROM, then here is a rather fuzzy enlargement of the Link:"Bos Under Trestle" carving scan. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
    The publication is Discover: The World of Money published in April, 2002. Yes, the carvings are from my collection. - Gail Baker...Mon, 10 Jun 2002 09:38:12

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A Clifford Bolling photograph.
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1796 Dollar Struck Over 1794 Dollar
  • Have You Seen This Die Crack Before?
    A Clifford Bolling photograph.
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    96 Over 94 Reverse
    A Clifford Bolling photograph.
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    96 Over 96 Reverse
       I just received a couple custom struck pieces from the Gallery Mint. The first a 1796 dollar struck over a 1794 dollar, the second is a double struck 1796 dollar, with the first strike about 15% off center and the second strike centered. These pieces didn't turn out exactly as I had imagined they would, but they are still quite interesting. I just took a some photos and the reverse die they used for the 1796 dollar has a fairly substantial straight crack, from the the denticles almost to the eagles wing at about 2:00. Both of these custom strikes used this die. I haven't seen or heard about this one before, I'm trying to save up $76 to see if they'll use this same die pair to strike another up for me on another blank Ike planchet. Have you seen this die crack before? - Clifford D. Bolling...Wed, 5 Jun 2002 20:06:40
       In case y'all can't tell from these two neat multi-struck specimens, the die crack is in the empty space between OF and AMERICA. To answer Cliff's question... I don't recall having seen any specimens from this particular broken dollar reverse die. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
    A Clifford Bolling photograph.
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    1796 Dollar Struck Over 1796 Dollar

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A Bob Shalowitz photograph.
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1796 HalfCent Struck Over A 1943 Washington Quarter
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  • GMM Overstrikes On US Silver Coinage
       This custom struck specimen is currently being offered on eBay as I write this. I wanted to show it to you because it is; 1) very pretty and 2) relatively scarce. The Guys don't strike a lot of pieces over existing coins because it can be very hard on their working dies and thus not worth the risk for such a small monetary recompense. This is not to say they NEVER strike such pieces but that they just tend to avoid doing much of it. Of course the fact that US silver coinage never circulates anymore makes this piece just that much scarcer. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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"Some of us will have to sit
      up front with the Lutefisk."
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   Good Morning; Alas poor Harold, our favorite Norwegian ski and toboggan builder, is gone. As the previous owner of this fine sweat shirt, his wife told us that he had said many times "I wouldn't be caught dead wearing that thing", and that is why she made us take it off of him before we closed his casket. Knowing how cool it can be on fishing trips and Kansas winters, I, along with the other pallbearer gave his wife a can of oiled kippers, dated 1942 (G.I. K ration), for the shirt, and I won the flip. "I should have, I had the heavy end, and Harold wasn't that heavy". I don't know the date of your birthday, but I do have this fine shirt boxed for you. (Christmas box.) My only thought being, I hope that casket is warm, so Harold don't get a chill. A photo of you with the shirt on, would be nice, even nicer if you weren't in a box. - Clifford L. Kraft...Tuesday, June 04, 2002 8:48AM
   Postscript: True Tales? It is true that I had an Uncle Harold Olson, Mom's sister Wanda's husband, who was Norsk. He worked for Northland Ski Co. (long since gone.) He did make skis and toboggans, and once repaired my big sled when, at a very young age, I hit a culvert. Uncle Harold was "I believe" all that a good Norwegian should be. He loved to fish and partake of the sauce. But most of all, he loved Lutefisk with his scrambled eggs in the morning. "What ever Harold loved, he did a lot of, and did it well." When ever we had the Fisk, you had to save one portion for Harold's breakfast, and if possible two portions for two breakfasts. Now, as I think of it, I never heard anyone call him anything but Harold. No Harry's or Ole's... always Harold. I guess that 5'3" guy with the smile got his respect, and I can remember a few times when he may have led my 6'4" father astray. "We best not get into the Mutt and Jeff stories." Now that I have that out of my system, I'll go work on my boat, and let you get back to proving it is possible to cut grass faster than grass can grow. "Don't weaken!" - Clifford L. Kraft...Wednesday, June 05, 2002 2:41PM
   Cliff always can be counted on to provide a few rays of sunshine in my sometimes ordinary days. Yesterday's day brightener was particularly appreciated since a lightening strike had taken out the transformer on our supply pole and we were without electricity from roughly 11AM-11PM. Did a lot of reading until the daylight failed. Took a nap... one can only sleep just so much! Sure was a welcome sight to see EMail from Cliff when I turned my machine on towards midnight. THANKS CLIFF! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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