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Ron Landis ...Sun, 30 Jul 2000 11:59:06
2003
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Index
Links
Link: Here's The Twist!
Link: [ Bill Zach Carves In Solid Gold ]
Link: Cliff Enjoys His Graphics Software
Link: [ Baby Girl Hanna's Namesake ]
Link: 2003 OHNS Tokens ... Whoops!
Link: Time's Up!
Link: LIBERTY Parent Of Science & Industry
Link: All It Takes Is Two Bidders...
Link: The Best Hobo Tokens Yet!
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  • Here's The Twist!
       eBay item 3008604767 (Ends Feb-23-03 20:52:01PST) - Gallery Mint 3 BIG Errors-Brockage Pair/CUDS. Gallery Mint 3 BIG Errors-Brockage Pair/CUDS. This is a great combination of major errors with a twist, something I haven't seen before. Offered here is a pair of Gallery Mint 1793 Liberty Cap cents, a full brockage pair, with CUDS on both the obverse and reverse dies! Not only that, but the reverse has 2 big cuds, very late in the life of that die. This reverse die is occasionally seen with a single cud, but only rarely does a piece show up with both cuds, especially on a brockage, and really especially on a brockage pair with a cud on the obverse die, too! AND (here's the twist), this pair was struck using 3 DIFFERENT DIES! The obverse die of the first piece is NOT the same as the obverse die of the second piece! Not only does it NOT show the obverse CUD, it is a totally different die! Between the striking of the first piece and the overstriking brockage of the second piece, the obverse die was switched to the die with the CUD! Real Cool! As with all Gallery Mint reproductions, these are struck on planchets prepared to the same specifications as originally produced by the United States Mint back in 1793. Same planchet composition, weight, edge lettering, and hand punched dies. Clifford Bolling...Feb-16-03 20:52:01PST
       Actually Cliff's brockage pair was struck with four different dies. A previously struck "large bust" cent was paired with a blank planchet and struck with the very first pair of "large bust" dies. For those of you who follow such detail... the large bust cent was created with the third large bust obverse die paired with the second reverse die. This was the workhorse die pair for the large bust variety strikes. The brockage strike was done with the first large bust obverse die paired with the first reverse die... both in their extreme terminal die states.
       Here is your chance to bid on this current offering. Just use this shortcut Link:Brockage Pair/3 CUDS! If you are viewing this using a GMM ScrapBook CD-ROM click this Link:CUDS to see a closeup of both the obverse and reverse CUDS. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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    The two half moon areas are raised platforms not depressions.
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    Area above RI of AMERICA on
    1793 Cent Reverse Die Two
    Top: Cliff's Brockage
    Bottom: Reference Specimen

Ulysses S. Grant Gold Double Eagle (1899-S $20)
Bill Zach Carves In Solid Gold
   The Lady Liberty bust on this gold double eagle presented me with a problem of being shaped wrong and angled wrong to allow me to use her as a base for carving. Being as

$20 Double Eagle
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Typical Reverse
I had to remove her to carve new subject, I decided to carve Grant facing right instead of left. It was important to leave a area of about 1/8" between carving subject and the stars and the date. I centered Grant onto coin and carved a rough line around his face and uniform. I had to get the field sloped from stars and date to Grant. There was no room for error on angle, or being centered etc. I then carved hair and beard, detailed eye, ear, nose, eyebrow, etc. After I got field smoothed out, there was a vast different in color in untouched coin area and carved area so I bead blasted entire coin on obverse. After bead blasting I smoothed face again and used a mixture I have to give coin a uniform color. It took 15 to 18 hours to carve Grant. Bill Jameson...Thursday, February 20, 2003 10:15AM

   I know it has to be nerve-wracking to carve on such an expensive host coin. There isn't any room for slips and if you don't like the results part way through you can't pitch it and start over again. Fortunately Bill has several years experience and a tremendous well of talent to draw on. Bet that doesn't relieve the pressure he feels as he works on such a fantastic carving as this Grant Double Eagle. Bill's patron for this carving is obviously happy as I understand he wants several more Double Eagles carved. COOL!
   Bill's in-process scans were taken under different lighting conditions and exhibited some drastic color differentials. I took the liberty of adjusting each scan to approximate a similar gold color for each... I'm not too proficient at this so what you see is what you get. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

William (Bill Zach) Jameson photographs.
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Clifford Bolling photographs.
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  • Cliff Enjoys His Graphics Software
       Attached are a couple interesting pics. I was dinking around with some photos of $1 replicas and came up with these. These make great letterheads. Clifford Bolling...Friday, February 14, 2003 8:02AM
       It has always been the high point of my day when I receive an EMail from Cliff with an attached graphics file. He is an astute observer and superbly skilled at capturing detailed digital photographs/scans of his subjects. In his toolbox is a through knowledge of his graphics software as these two bust images demonstrate. Thanks Cliff! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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Hobo Avery Bryn
Baby Girl Hanna's Namesake
   13 February 2003... a landmark day in the Kansa Territories. A new Steven G. Adams nickel carving (shown here on the left) arrived and as I was opening the box I got a telephone call from our eldest daughter, Sonya, in California. She had good news... she had just delivered our second grandchild; a girl, Avery Bryn Hanna, 9lbs.3oz.
   Since both the nickel carving and our grandbaby were delivered on the same day I figured it was only reasonable that we establish an interesting relationship between the two events. Steve hadn't named the nickel carving as he usual does. So... the carving became Hobo Avery Bryn, namesake and Godfather to Baby Girl Hanna. Steve had the following to say; That sounds like a great name, and what hobo nickel wouldn't want the honor of Godfather. All in all Thursday the 13th really MADE my week!
   Somehow the small details of life always remain a puzzle to me. My American Heritage Dictionary tells me: "name穝ake n. One that is named after another." It also tells me that: "cir穋us n. ...are carried over from its Roman namesake, the modern circus, despite occasional accidental violence, has little connection with its brutal namesake of long ago."
   I was taught in school that the younger was the namesake of the elder. I found in my WWW searches many examples where a person was referred to as the namesake of a city or university that was named after him or her. Clearly common practice has namesake being used to refer to both the younger and the elder of two things with the same name. So... I think I'll go take a Tylenol for my headache!
   Mike Wallace looked up namesake in a Merriam-Webster Dictionary which says: "name穝ake n. One that has the same name as another; especially : one who is named after another or for whom another is named." Thank you Mike! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
   This morning's email was especially nice, and I feel as honored as Avery. Although Avery has achieved Godfather status... I feel somewhat connected. Maybe hobo nickels are not born, but they are conceived. Interesting word conceived, we wait nine months to come into the light of this world after conception. Hobo Avery was conceived and finished in one day. Perhaps destiny awaited him. In my hobo drawer I keep carvings that are partially started, they're gestation period can be lengthy. Eventually they will be finished and find a new home, but none will ever become a Godfather. I can hear them rumbling now; "What about me?" I will go tell them they are all special, and at the same time remember when an average carving turned out to be very special. I hope your newest granddaughter and Hobo Avery will make acquaintance someday. Steven G. Adams...Saturday, February 15, 2003 7:12AM
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2003 OHNS Token - Type1 ( on white background. )
Obverse of Silver Token ...and... Reverse of Copper Token
  • 2003 OHNS Tokens ... Whoops!
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    Correct Reverse Die
       Stephen Alpert, President of the Original Hobo Nickel Society, tells me that somehow TheGuys grabbed the 2001 GMM Hobo Token reverse die instead of the 2001 OHNS token reverse die when they struck this year's order of 50 silver and 50 copper "Type1" tokens. The two reverse dies are almost identical except for the "Original Hobo Nickel Society" legend on the OHNS reverse... Ron's same Walking Hobo graces both reverse dies. OHNS reordered and has received 50 silver and 49 copper "Type2" tokens with the correct reverse. So this means we have a neat variety this year which makes our collections just that much more interesting. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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    2003 OHNS Token - Type1 ( on black background. )
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Clifford Bolling photographs.
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1804 Draped Bust Dollar Heraldic Eagle Reverse
Ron Landis' Proof Version
  • Time's Up!
       I found another 1804 $1 to compare the doubling of the lettering on the motto on the ribbon on the reverse. Both show the same doubling and die gouges, one is a BU and the other a Proof. Ron must have made only the single Heraldic Eagle punch and used it for both BUs and Proofs.
       The device punch must have been all carved by hand then the incuse letters were punched in by hand, with some resulting doubling. I suspect Ron would have been a little more careful if he'd figured anyone would be looking at his work with a magnifying lens. Still, these are the kinds of things that make his works so authentic. Cool! I expect these types of things will become a bit more scarce since Ron bought himself a microscope. Clifford Bolling...Friday, February 07, 2003 11:03PM

       As far as the "doubling" on the motto of the 1804 dollars. Cliff is correct in saying this kind of thing will disappear since I'm working with a scope now. The lettering is hand engraved, not punched, into the eagle device punch. Therefore this doubling will show up on all dies made from that punch. Ron Landis...Monday, February 10, 2003 10:54AM
       It sure didn't take Cliff long to track down a proof 1804 GMM dollar so he could research the puzzle he posed in Link:Only Time Will Tell. Yes Cliff... it is precisely this sort of authentic detail that results from a human being creating something both challenging and beautiful that makes Ron's creations so desireable. Ron's creations are fantastic quite simply because they are a product that is handmade by a skilled and talented craftsman/artist. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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A Ron Landis photograph.
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Genuine Silver Half Disme - 17.5mm
  • LIBERTY Parent Of Science & Industry
       FIRST UNITED STATES MINT ISSUES. Many members of the House favored a representation of the President's head on the obverse of each coin; others considered the idea a monarchical practice. Washington is believed to have expressed disapproval of the use of his portrait on our coins.
       The majority considered a figure emblematic of Liberty more apporpriate and the Senate finally concurred in this opinion. Robert Birch was an engraver employed at designing proposed devices for our coins. He, perhaps together with Adam Eckfeldt, engraved the dies for the disme and half disme. He has also been associated with a large copper cent of unusual design known as the Birch Cent.
    - A Guide Book Of United States Coins by R.S.Yeoman, 51st Edition 1998, page 65.

       I know various Landis advocates... who shall remain unnamed ...have been bugging Ron for these 1792 recreations. I've had a few dreams about them myself and they finally have arrived. Ron has done his usual bang-up job... just when you think Ron couldn't possible get any better at his craft he shows up with 2003 Hobo Tokens and 1792 Half Dismes and Dismes that clearly have moved the bar up another notch to a new level. It would have been nice to have the COPY counterstamp a bit more discreet but we have the size requirements forced on us and on small specimens it just seems quite large. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
    A Ron Landis photograph.
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    Genuine Copper Disme - 23mm

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1793 Liberty Cap Cent
  • All It Takes Is Two Bidders...
       ...but having three can't hurt! Admittedly this GMM recreation of a 1793 Liberty Cap cent has a lovely patina but I watched it sell with considerable interest. All three bidders were willing to pay in excess of $100 for this specimen. The winning bidder agreed to pay $115.50 plus $2.75 shipping for a total of $118.25. I don't have any accurate records but it is my feeling that this is a record price for this particular GMM recreation. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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A Ron Landis photograph.
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  • The Best Hobo Tokens Yet!
       Ron has carved his self-portrait on nickels previously and, other than the banjo player sitting on a stump Link:Treasures From The Past, I've never been able to obtain a scan of one. It would appear that my constant whining may have imspired Ron to carve this year's obverse carving Hobo Token in his own likeness just to shut me up. Regardless of why... Ron has outdone himself on the above 2003 Hobo Token. I am assuming they are struck in silver again this year as has been Ron's practice as of late.
       Shown below is this year's reverse carving Hobo Token. An impressive beast to say the least... in addition to being an impressive carving from Ron's creative and busy workbench. I am a big fan of critters carved on nickels so here is a fantastic creation for our collections. Be sure and call (888)558-6468 and order yours now... you can't go wrong on this fantastic pair of tokens! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
    A Ron Landis photograph.
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