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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: Landis 1964-D Peace Dollars
Link: This Really Gets My Dander Up!
Link: [ Sam's The Man! ]
Link: [ All Of Them From Segovia ]
Link: 18 March 2003 ScrapBook CD-ROM
Link: [ Fill Her Up Sir? + Nickel Carver Registry ]
Link: ONE of 11,056...YES! and I'm Back!
Link: Two Ron Landis FIRST's
Link: [ Banjos Galore ]
Link: THIS Should Have Been...

Link: Watching Nickel Carvings Gestate
      A Steve Adams Creation
      A Bill Zach Creation

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  • Landis 1964-D Peace Dollars
       eBay item 3015025681 (Ends Apr-02-03 19:33:14PST) - 1964-D 1oz Silver Dollar Round by Ron Landis. This is a 1oz silver round. Back in about 1996, I asked Ron Landis of the Gallery Mint, to engrave 6 or 7 of these. I gave them out for Xmas to some friends of mine. Here is where the story gets interesting. One of these novelty(?) dollars was sent to NGC to get certified! A friend of a friend called me to verify that I had these done, which ended up back at NGC. So it is kind of a neat thing to have. This one came back to me from a friend that passed away. Someone out there will appreciate this story and share it with others., Mar-23-03 19:33:14PST
       My corresponding friend, Chuckles, has been a Landis fan considerably longer than the ol' FatMan. It was great to hear this story from him. One never knows what sorts of neat Landis creations are floating around out there. Sure is great to document another one for all y'all. Below is an example of the type of silver round that Ron used to create these interesting specimens. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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            Happy Birthday Ron!

            25 March 2003

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On 3/21/2003 this sold for $304.99+$3sh on eBay.
  • This Really Gets My Dander Up!
       eBay item 3012776132 (Ends Mar-21-03 18:00:00 PST) - Very deceptive Counterfeit 1796 Bust Half. Deceptive "1796" "Bust half, made to fool the Collector (not you though!). Well done, this coin has VG08 details and would fit snuggly into a Type Set until the funds for a real one are forthcoming. Made of silver. peacockcoins...Friday, Mar-14-03 18:00:00PST
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       While this is not a colonial, it represents another abuse of the collector with Gallery Mint products to be on the look out for. Item #3012776132 is now closed, but this seller got over $300 for a worn down GMM piece. It is worn to about VG and the "copy" was not defaced. The seller lists it as a "counterfiet" intended to deceive the collector, so I suppose he gets some points for honesty. But not spelling. Does ebay only allow "counterfeits" on the site from sellers who can't spell the word? It looks like you can put a GMM coin in a rock tumbler and get about ten times as much for it even listing it for what it is. Buell Ish...Sat, 22 Mar 2003 18:42:11
       These things just turn my stomach. I hate to see deceit in any area of the hobby - that's why educational functions have always been one of my priorities. But even with a well educated collector group, there's always a few uneducated... They called them tenpercenters in the Army - the 10% that don't get the word. If I were the seller of that Gallery Mint coin, I would not take that man's $. Then again, I would have described it for what it was. Ray Williams...Sat, 22 Mar 2003 14:25:12
       The sad part is that the seller probably did it himself "in order to deceive"! David L. Palmer...Sun, 23 Mar 2003 01:39:56
       Below is my response to the above EMail from the guys on the Yahoo forum: Link:Colonial-Coins. This pretty much says all I need to say about this sad state of affairs. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
       Thanks for pointing out the GMM altered half dollar. Those folks who offer altered Landis creations really get my dander up! Nobody can convince me that a Seller on eBay lists an altered/damaged specimen and "innocently" accepts over ten times what an unaltered/undamaged Landis creation is worth without a lot of larceny in their heart.
       I make it a point to show the activities of these thieves in my GMM ScrapBook and hope that education of the masses will be of some small benefit. Obviously only a small percentage of the bidders on eBay ever visit my ScrapBook so I know I'm not doing much good. I really hate to see Sellers give good folks like all y'all legitimate reason to throw rocks at the Landis creations I personally enjoy so much. I also find it offensive when novice buyers get ripped off like this! Verne R. Walrafen...Sunday, March 23, 2003 12:24PM
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Sam's The Man!
   Sam Alfano is one of my most favorite active nickel carvers. The two wonderful carvings above are recent examples of Sam's work. In fact, the 1920 nickel carving is currently being offered on eBay. Sam not only used an uncommon host nickel but he also preserved the LIBERTY legend which makes this carving very special indeed. I suggest you consider bidding on this superb carving! You can do that right away by simply clicking on this Link:HOBO NICKEL - High Grade by Sam Alfano but be warned... bidding closes Tuesday evening, March 25th. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
   "Sam Alfano's unique training and exquisite style let students gain the influence of 'old-world' engraving masters. Sam is a multi-talented artist who began engraving in the early 70's. In 1982, Sam was hired by Stanley Diefenthal of New Orleans Arms Co. to engrave his personal guns. During this time one of the world's great engravers, Lynton McKenzie, became Sam's personal trainer sharing with Sam with other engravers would not.
   Two years later, Alfano traveled to Brescia, Italy to study the extremely fine techniques of 'bulino' engraving from the renowned Firmo Fracassi. Few engravers outside of Italy knew Fracassi's special techniques for rendering photo-like scenes in steel. Today, Sam's intricately engraved designs are often found on custom knives owned by sophisticated collectors. Sam's love of the engraving art and willingness to share offer a unique opportunity for the beginning or advanced student in the GRS Training Center." Link:GLENDO Corporation - GRS Instructors
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    Enlargements available on both WWW and ScrapBook CD-ROM    We finally have a rough version of our new website online. Our new website manager got it up in less than a week and she even spelled all the products right!!! Wow! It's far from being finished, but I'm glad to know that Rebecca's on top of it. Next is getting all the new images up, and reducing the size of the order form so it will print on less pages. Ron Landis...Wednesday, March 19, 2003 12:55PM
       Check it out! Just in case you need it... the old website address is: It sure is nice to see TheGuys are making progress on their website. This project has been absorbing way too much of Ron's time for the past few months. I keep telling him that his time would be better spent engraving since that is where his real talent is... as we all know. For some reason he thinks he has to sell his mint products... something to do with keeping the lights on and meeting payroll. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
All Of Them From Segovia
   Here is what I promised. I hope you find interesting these specimen, all of them from Segovia and from different rulers.
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  • Excellent piece of 8 maravedies 1612 under Philip III. Great detail. Unusual struck error, very excess of metal on reverse, at 4 o'clock.
  • Beautiful piece of 16 maravedies 1663 under Philip IIII. Portrait issue. clearly dissaligned on reverse. Struck crack.
  • Scarce piece of 2 maravedies 1598 under Philip II. Restamped as 4 maravedies (IIII at the top of the castle) during the monetary reform that took place in 1602. Restamping is so strong that flan is bent.
  • Nice detailed piece of 2 maravedies 1619 under Philip III. Very disaligned but condition remains very nice.
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  • Large 8 maravedies 1621 under Philip IIII. Nice original tone. Excellent condition. Defect on the edge and unusual crack.
  • Large 8 maravedies 1604 under Philip III. After a proper cleaning condition would be XF or more. No defects, beautiful piece.
  • Large 8 maravedies 1614 under Philip III. Nice condition. Defect on the edge.
  • 2 maravedies under Philip II (1556-1598) minted in old house of Segovia. Clear aqueduct mintmark.
  •    My friend Alberto, in Spain, knows that I am interested in Roller Mill coin errors so he keeps his eyes open for specimens for my collection. I purchased the first lot shown above but see nothing in the second lot that I don't already have examples of. If they appeal to you then you definitely would find it worth your time to contact Alberto. He is a GREAT SOURCE for material from Segovia. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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    • 18 March 2003 ScrapBook CD-ROM
         It has been way too long since I've spun off a CD-ROM of our ScrapBook. A friend and long-time fan of our website has been beating on me to create one for him and I've been putting him off for several months. Today he finally made me an offer I couldn't refuse so now is the time for any of you readers to ride in on his coat tails and order one for yourself. Remember to send your request to me here in Kansas and not to TheGuys in Arkansas!
         Now you can be sure that all this great GMM data doesn't disappear some day when you turn on your computer. I will send you a CD-ROM for $20 postpaid with future upgrades available after your initial acquisition for a nominal $10 postpaid. If you are ordering an upgrade be sure and tell me although I suspect I'll know because of the amount of your payment.
         As always, this disk has an "autostart menu" and what is really wonderful is the speed that everything loads from the CD-ROM... no waiting for files to come down across the Internet! Not only that but it has all the enlarged graphics files that are not available when using the Internet version of the ScrapBook.
         Personal checks are fine. This isn't a profit motivated enterprise but I do need enough funds to purchase disks, cardstock, printer cartridges, shipping materials, postage and other supplies. Order from: Verne R. Walrafen, 12000 Sunset Ridge Drive, Ozawkie, KS 66070 and NOT from TheGuys in Arkansas. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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    Bill Zach Is Revisiting His Childhood Again
    Fill Her Up Sir? + Nickel Carver Registry
       I got the idea of creating my first soft hat carving from the old 1950's Gas Station Attendants and how life used to be. "Fill her up Sir?" My next soft hat carving was based in part on a man who used to come to house, when I was a child, on an old Indian Motorcycle. He wore an old cap similar to the Old Photo shown above on the left. My third carving was inspired by the motorcycle riders we all saw in the 1950's movies. Bill Jameson...March 08, 2003 11:45AM
       You know I love in-process scans of carvings... so, if you are viewing our ScrapBook from a CD-ROM you can enjoy Bill's in-process shots of Links:#173, #174 and #175. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
       The influx of active nickel carvers starting in 2003 has been quite noticeable and I was definitely losing track of who was who. Some of these new carvers show promise and are approaching their art with thought and planning while others are dumping fists full of quickie carvings on the general public. Everybody will eventually find their niche so there is no need to rush to judgement.
       I decided I needed a comprehensive inventory of all recent and active carvers for my own use without any need to evaluate their current or future skill attainments. It also seemed to me that other nickel carving collectors might find my inventory beneficial.
       So... here ya go: Link: Nickel Carver Registry . Now then... for this webpage to be really useful I need both the active carvers and collectors to give me input to expand and/or correct the individual carver's entries. On this registry webpage all EMail addresses will utilize Link:@ EMail Protector to prevent SpamBots from harvesting them! My heartfelt thanks go to Sam Alfano for teaching this old dog some new and worthwhile Java Script tricks. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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    An Altered... PCI Certified ...Gallery Mint 1793 Cent
    • ONE of 11,056...YES!
         Actually the Seller of this Photograde Coin Institute (PCI),, slabbed specimen was correct in saying that he was offering one of 11,056 specimens struck but only because the Gallery Mint intentionally matched the original mintage of 1793 cents when they created their reproductions of this famous early U.S. cent. Obviously the Seller thought it was one of the original 11,056 and not one of Ron's 11,056. Life is full of these odd occurrences.
         I can't believe that the professionals at PCI allowed this altered GMM COPY to be certified. That certainly doesn't speak well for how dependably they attribute the real coinage specimens that actually do deserve certification. I normally lead off these SBsubjects with the comments of the Seller of eBay items but in this case I wanted my own commentary right up front in your face so you didn't start off reading and get an incorrect impression right from the get-go. This is an ALTERED GMM 1793 cent folks! By the way... this fabricated specimen not only fooled PCI but it fooled enough bidders for them to push the high bid to $3,550 before the Seller pulled the item off eBay. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
         eBay item 3008200485 (Ends Feb-17-03 18:36:04 PST) - Rare 1 of 11,056 1793 Liberty Cap PCI N15. Very Rare ONE of 11,056 1793 Liberty Cap Large Cent---PCI Rated FN15 (Fine 15). You are bidding on one rare 1793 Liberty Cap large one cent rated FN15 (Fine 15) Corroded. Certified encapsulation and rating by PCI. Mintage only 11,056. 10 day money back guarantee of 100% satisfaction less shipping, insurance and eBay fees.
         The photos speak for themselves---rarity makes this coin worth the price. When most coins are minted in the Millions, this coin is over 200 years old and who knows how many are still in circulation? If there were 10% in circulation only 1,105 collectors could own one 1793 Liberty Cap in any condition-well you could do math from here, i.e. 5% only 552, less than 5%? For example the NGC has only graded 5! of them see I also called PCGS they advised they have had only 41 graded! The PCGS site list this at $6,800 The following site list retail at $11,000 The coin dealer gray sheet for 10/11/02 list wholesale at $6,000. Alpha72...Feb-14-03 18:04:41PST

         On Feb-17-03 at 12:48:03PST, seller added the following information: I have called PCI today and they verified that they graded this coin and that it is an authentic 1793 Liberty Cap however due to the following 3 Emails this will be pulled off auction with-in 24hrs to pursue further investigation into its authenticity. Any questions email me at I apologize for any inconvenience.

      • Email 1: None of the diagnostics match the known 1793 Liberty Caps. There are 4 known obverses and 2 known reverses for the 93 caps. I'm adding the key points from one of my reference books.
           Obverse 12 - A Full millimeter of the staff shows clearly between hair and cap. The lower end of the staff is heavy, bold, and rounded at the tip, tapering toward the throat and less than its own diameter from the bust.Two beads are directly or centrally over the I of LIBERTY. The letters of the legend are very close to the border, the L in particular almost touching the beads.
           Obverse 13 - The cracked die Liberty Cap. A straight, heavy crack running from the border above E to the border just to the right of the 3, divides this obverse into two almost equal parts. No examples are known without the crack.
           Obverse 14 - On this die, a bead perfectly dots the I of LIBERTY and this is the best distinguishing characteristic. Note: There are other things but on the picture you had on the listing, it did not appear that the I was perfectly dotted.
           Obverse 15 - Ninety-six beads in circle. End of pole to cap and stand of 7 point directly to bead. Single bead centered above loop of R. I almost dotted. Note: on yours the 7 and pole are not correct.
           Also the head style used on 93 Caps and a very few 94 Caps is referred to as the head of 93. The head style on yours just doesn't look like a head of 93. I've included a bitmap picture of a group of 93 Caps that was sold at auction recently. This was the biggest accumulation of 93 Caps by one person ever.
           Reverse K - This reverse can be recognized at a glance, as the central part is raised or elevated so that ONE CENT, a considerable part of the left wreath, and some of the inner leaves of the right wreath are always weak. A leaf terminates 0.5mm from the right foot of M, and points directly at the center of the bottom of that letter. The border has eighty-five beads. Note: As I recall the leaves on yours were close but didn't match this description.
           Reverse L - Readily distinguished from the K reverse by the position of the leaf under ME of America. The leaf runs almost parallel to the bottoms of the two letters, and points at the bottom of the adjacent A.
           Not mentioned in the diagnostics but which I noticed on your coin is that the fraction on the reverse is "away from the dots". ON the two known reverses the 100 of the 1/100 fraction sit right on top of the dots almost touching them.
           The other thing that makes me suspicious is the gouge on the reverse above the word ONE. That is the area where the Gallery Mint museum stamped in the word COPY on the ones they made.

      • Email 2: It was made in Eureka Springs Arkansas, about fifty miles from you. The word 'COPY' at the top of the wreath on reverse has been gouged out and the piece has been deliberately corroded to look old.
      • Email 3: It has been compared to all known 1793 Liberty Caps and does not match any of them. The chance of it being a previously unknown variety is nill. It is a counterfeit that should never have been slabbed.

      I'm Back!
         eBay item 3012300274 (Ends Mar-18-03 20:30:00PST) - 1793 liberty cap one cent (pci) FN15 corroded. This 1793 coin is in error it has the face of a 1794. I am selling the coin for a friend. He is very old and does not have a computer, so if you have any questions I will get you a answer from him. jpw1945dog...Saturday, Mar-08-03 20:30:00PST
         Just in case you might think this is a different specimen, if you are viewing this SBsubject from a CD-ROM, you can check out the following Link:obverse Link:obverse photographs. Trust me... this is the same altered specimen back again from the trash bin. This time five different bidders pushed the price up to $2,025 before the Seller pulled this fabrication off eBay. The high bidder rebid four additional time attempting to ascertain the Seller's reserve bid on this specimen. Reckon when big bucks are involved folks simply can't resist the temptation and won't give up the possibility of a financial windfall without a fight. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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    Ron Landis' FIRST Experiment In Nickel Carving
    Circa 1989-90 Landis Carving (unsigned)
    • Two Ron Landis FIRST's
         Ron told me he was so embarassed by his first couple of attempts at carving nickels that he refused to sign them. Lucky for us the collector who purchased many of his first carvings captured the above specimen and documented what it was. The owner of this historic carving told me; Ron did it after taking the Art of Engraving class at the ANA Summer Seminar and hearing a talk by Bill Fivaz on Hobo Nickels.
         I did these two or three carvings somewhere around 1989 or 1990. I had read something about them, and heard that modern carvings were selling in the $5 range. I tried a few of them, and quickly gave up, realizing it was way too much work for $5. After seeing Bill Fivaz's presentation a few years later at the ANA summer seminar, I went home and began carving in earnest. I started signing, numbering and dating each piece. The numbered series started in about August of 1993. Ron Landis...Monday, March 03, 2003 10:05AM
         Actually... even though it is admittedly crude is better, or at least more interesting, than many carvings done by beginning nickel carvers. HOWEVER... everybody has to start somewhere and the measure of success is not the quality of their first attempts but whether or not they continue to strive for improvement throughout their career.
         You can tell by the self portrait carving shown below that Ron improved dramatically in a few short years and he has never looked back. Every carving Ron has done since has clearly shown his constant pursuit of perfection. You can see incontrovertible proof of this by checking out Ron's 2003 self portrait craving Link:The Best Hobo Tokens Yet! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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      Ron Landis' FIRST Self Portrait Nickel Carving
      1994 Landis Carving #050
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    A Sam Alfano Original
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    A Bill Zach Original
    Banjos Galore
       Dave Schenkman continues to expand his collection of banjo related subject/theme nickel carvings with masterpieces from the best of our currently active nickel carvers. Building a topical collection in any collecting area creates a particularly attractive and desireable show piece. Maybe Dave will take the time to display this fantastic set of nickel carvings at a future numismatic convention. It should undoubtedly be a real award winner... most particularly because he certainly would be in the position to enhance his showcase with unique banjo related collectables.
       Dave has some fantastic banjos... check out Link:Dave's Personal Banjos and Link:Gallery of Interesting Pre-War Gibsons. I understand that Dave has over one hundred seventy five (175) new and used banjos in his inventory. I don't know if the twenty (20) banjos in the two groups just mentioned here are included in that total or not. I do know that none of the instruments in these two groups are for sale. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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    1995 Con$ept Dollar
    • THIS Should Have Been...
         eBay item 3008778040 (Ends Feb-24-03 19:53:14 PST) - PCI Rainbow Toned 1995 Concept Dollar! THIS should have been our new dollar coin! The Gallery Mint got this one right when they submitted it for approval when Congress was bantering back and forth regarding a new "Golden Dollar". Twice the thickness of a SBA or Sacawagea and twice as attractive too in my humble opinion. Mintage is 2,500 coins. (Actually the mintage was 1,371 pieces. - vrw) The beauty here is this one was stored for a few years outside it's Gallery Mint flip and has aquired an array of rainbow toning that truly accents the cool design. A real pleaser! PCI has authenticated and given it the GEM grade of MS65. ClassicModerns...Feb-17-03 19:53:14PST
         This beautiful toned specimen of Ron's 1995 Con$ept brought the substantial sum of $127.50. The graphic file provided on eBay was so dark on my terminal that this specimen could easily have been struck in copper. I lightened the scan up with my software and this offering certainly appears to be as described... a toned regular brass specimen.
         Actually this Concept Dollar design was never submitted to Congress but ClassicModerns got it right that this should have been our new golden dollar design in my opinion. It is my favorite design of the readily available Ron Landis Con$epts. If truth be told... Ron hit it out of the park his first time at bat when he created his 1995 IN GOD WE TRUST Con$ept patterns but that is a story oft-repeated late at night and is always accompanied with loud wracking sobs and tears. Now THAT should have been... EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
    Watching Nickel Carvings Gestate
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    Steve's Original Artwork
    A Steve Adams Creation
    Click to visit    You know about my interest in banjos. I own a banjo shop and also play banjo in a bluegrass band. And... of course I've been involved in numismatics for over 50 years. I love Steve's work, and naturally wanted one of his carvings. When I contacted him he asked me for ideas, so I took some pictures of early and modern banjo players and sent them to him. Steve EMailed me his preliminary drawing, and there was nothing I wanted changed. It's a really neat carving, isn't it?
       By the way that Hobo Avery Bryn carving is neat. I haven't yet decided on the name for my piece, but feel it should be named for a banjo player. After I get it I'll decide. David E. Schenkman, Turtle Hill Banjo Company, P.O.Box 265, Bryantown, MD 20617 301-274-3441 ...Thursday, February 27, 2003 9:23AM

       Since Dave's banjo player carving and my Hobo Avery Bryn carving were on Steve's work bench at the same time I tried to convince both Dave and Steve that this banjo player was actually Hobo Avery Bryn Himself. Well... that didn't fly but it was fun to think about and suggest to the guys. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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    Click to visit the Turtle Hill Banjo Website Dave's Banjo Nickel Carvings
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    Ron McCord Himself
    A Bill Zach Creation
       I've known Bill Jameson a little over 3 years. We've had the privilege of visiting him and his wife and they visited my wife and me this past summer. He told me that he'd like to do a portrait "BO" of me. We found out that we have a common strong belief in the Lord and Bill said I'm going to carve you looking up as to looking for the Lord's return. I liked that for LUKE 21:28 says "Now when these things happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near." Ron McCord...Thursday, February 27, 2003 6:22PM
       Bill is a multi-talented individual so it is difficult to justify emphasizing one particular facet ...however... I still strongly feel that history will record that one of Bill's major contributions to the nickel carving art form will be his portrait carvings. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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