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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: 1793 RL Hallmark Set PLUS
Link: John Has Good Cents... ;-)
Link: A Non-GMM New Jersey Cent COPY
Link: [ Cut By Chisel, Not Shears! ]
Link: [ Perseverance Pays On Field Trip ]
Link: John's 1804 Pi鑓es De Caprice
Link: Are My Old Eyes Deceiving Me?
Link: WHAM... Well That Finished That!
Link: Junk Jars And Dresser Drawers
Link: [ A Face Full Of Life Experiences ]
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  • 1793 RL Hallmark Set PLUS
       Here we have a set consisting of all four uncirculated 1793 GMM recreations ...PLUS... a proof 1793 GMM Wreath Cent recreation thrown in as a bonus. This SBsubject completes my coverage of all the RL hallmarked specimens in my midden heap. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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1794 OffCenter Cent with PlanchetClip (left)       1796 Uniface Cent (right)
  • John Has Good Cents... ;-)
       My corresponding friend John Wright has a strong interest in U.S. Large Cents so it is understandable that he is also a fan of Ron Landis' recreations of selected Large Cents. John has many specimens in his collection that I work hard at not lusting after... not all of them Large Cents either. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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  • A Non-GMM New Jersey Cent COPY
       I just got back from bowling and found another EMail from this individual. He got my EMail address through the GSNA.
       Here's his first EMail:
    I was recently on a trip to visit my sister in New Jersey. As we got off of a path train and onto the Metro at 34th Street, I was given some change from the cashier. I later went into my pocket and found this extremely old coin. Since I found it I've been doing some research and found that this is a NJ Copper from 1788, there are about 14 varieties, and I'm not sure what kind it is. I do know what kind it's not by looking at some pictures online. Do you think you can help me identify this coin?
       And here's his second EMail: I've tried to scan the coin on my computer, but it doesn't come out well on the side with the horse head. The back side comes out better, but not good enough. I'll try to get a digital camera from my brother and send it to you. On the side with the head on it there is a stamp in the upper left hand side that says COPY.
       Well, even if only a copy, I'd still love to find a NJ in circulation!!! Ray Williams...Monday, 14 April 2003 9:46pm
       Great story even though it's a copy. Are there any marked "COPY" other than Gallery Mint? Dan Freidus...Monday, 14 April 2003 10:27pm
       I have never seen this copy before. It is clearly a 77-dd copy. To me the obverse looks a lot like the 77 obverse. The reverse seems to be not as close to the dd reverse. I can't really see a running fox, but it may be there. Has anyone else seen this copy before?
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    "Running Fox" from Maris77dd; TypeI, TypeII and TypeIII.
       I have two NJ's that are marked "COPY" that are not from the Gallery Mint. One is a 48-g copy that I bought for $1.50 from a gift shop close to the Independence Hall in Philly. It is pot metal, obviously cast then plated. I've seen these for sale other places.
       The other is a copy of the GMM date under draw bar recreation. This copy says "COPY" because it is a reproduction of a GMM item that said "COPY". I've seen a few on ebay. I think I heard they were made near Salt Lake. They are an obvious cast. Likely zinc, with a copper plate that has been poorly browned.
       I have other copies, but no more that say "COPY". Most of my others are electros. Buell Ish...Wednesday, 16 April 2003 9:35pm

       This 77-dd New Jersey cent copy is the first clearly marked non-GMM COPY that I have seen and I see why a non-Landis student/fan would immediately think that it was a Gallery Mint recreation. Honestly though it doesn't even come close to the quality of Ron's New Jersey cent recreations.
       I found it most interesting that there are copies of Gallery Mint's New Jersey Cent recreations in existence. In a weird sort of way that is a compliment to the quality of Ron's neat recreations... but one I am quite certain he could live without. Not the sort of compliment that he would welcome I'm sure. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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Cut By Chisel, Not Shears!
   Here we have 1/4 of a 2 Real coin. It probably circulated as sixpence. It appears to have been cut by a chisel, not shears. I found the cut piece on the site of a Civil War conflict in Suffolk VA. It's a really cool story how I came to find it. Ask me sometime at a convention when I have a few minutes. Below is an awesome 2 Reale that I bought from a dealer noted for his expertise in counterfeit halfpence.
   I never realized it until I just looked at the picture on my post, but my cut 1723 coin was minted in Segovia. So not only was I fortunate enough to have the date but part of the mint mark too. I could imagine an immigrant to the New World in the second quarter of the 1700's, had brought this coin with him on his way to Colonial Virginia. When he got here he found a severe lack of small change and made his own. The last person to touch this coin before me was wearing buckles on his shoes and a three corner hat!!! I love coins! Ray Williams...Thursday, Feb 27, 2003, 10:15pm

   I am always on the lookout for anything related to rolled coins in general and Segovia rolled coins in particular. When Ray Williams mentioned his cut 1723 coin I was naturally interested. I knew Spanish coins were cut for use in Colonial America but they would be so easy to fabricate that I never attempted to purchase one. What makes this piece great is its provenance. Check out Ray's story below about his field trip and how he found this specimen. Thanks Ray for sharing this with us! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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Perseverance Pays On Field Trip
   A friend's neighbor in Virginia Beach had offered to take me metal detecting for some Civil War artifacts in Suffolk VA. We came upon a field where a new shopping center was going up and he had permission. Going directly to the center of the field, I spent hours and found nothing!!!
   A local came up to me and asked how I was doing. I told him that I'd be happy if I could go home with just one Minnie Ball. He told me that he was detecting near the road and found some Spanish silver coins, a large Cent and a number of bullets. I was amazed and asked if I could see them. He proceeded to tell me that he only collects buttons and gave them to a friend, who happened to be in a pickup truck leaving. I thought he was just telling stories... fish stories. He then proceeded to tell me the troop movements and how the battle proceeded. I wondered why he'd give me all this information and go and tell fish stories. I thanked him and we parted.
   After another half hour of detecting without success, I moved back toward the road. Almost immediately I was finding bullets and caps. Then I couldn't believe it, a 1/4 of a 2 Reale coin. This was my first cut piece of silver. Better yet... it happened to be the quarter with the date and there was enough of the top of the mint mark to determine that it was struck at Segovia, Spain. I hope to get back there someday and see if there's any more silver. Ray Williams...Wednesday, April 16, 2003 10:59am
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  • John's 1804 Pi鑓es De Caprice
       It certainly is helpful when my corresponding friends send me scans of their Landis/GMM related creations to share with all y'all. That makes my task of adding new SBsubjects so much easier!
       John Wright has a fantastic Landis/GMM collection and he continues to add to it as evidenced by the three 1804 dollar recreations shown here. The first is a nice clean/simple offcenter strike from Ron's uncirculated dies, the second double struck example is also from the same uncirculated dies and the third wonderfully broad struck piece is from Ron's proof dies.
       My first attempt at creating the combined graphics file of the three specimens as shown above yielded a file that was simply much too large. So... if you are viewing this from a CD-ROM I saved it here for you; Link:John's 1804 Dollars. After spending so much time constructing it I just couldn't throw it away. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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1996 WRNC central device on Gold, Clad Silver and Bronze
  • Are My Old Eyes Deceiving Me?
       Ed Kucia and Gene Braig teamed up to send us three scans of specimens belonging to Terry Stahurski. I thank these fine gentlemen... each and every one. It turns out I had already shown you the 1971 WRNC and 1996 WRNC twice counterstruck 1968 Kennedy HalfDollar in a previous SBsubject Link:Isn't That Double Jeopardy? I captured the new HalfDollar scans on CD-ROM for all y'all here: Link:1968 Kennedy HalfDollar, Link:SuperSized Obverse and Link:SuperSized Reverse.
       Shown below are the two beautiful 1996 WRNC counterstruck specimens that we haven't seen before this; 1996 1/10oz Fine Gold - 5 Dollars and 1996 bronze Cleveland Bicentennial Medal.
       Unless my eyes are playing tricks on me the 1996 WRNC counterstamp used on the 1996 1/10oz Fine Gold - 5 Dollars is slightly different from the counterstamp used on the 1968 Kennedy HalfDollar and on the 1996 Cleveland Bicentennial Medal. To my eyes the easiest thing to use to differentiate between the two is that the gold specimen's c/s shows two vest buttons while the other specimen's c/s show only one vest button.
       Maybe the 1996 WRNC obverse die broke and had to be replaced before Ron was able to complete counterstriking the 366 host coins. I know that this sort of thing has happened at GMM in the past. Counterstriking any previously struck coins is often very hard on dies.
       You may recall that we have visited the subject of WRNC counterstamps previously in Link:Western Reserve Numismatic Club Counterstamps, Link:WRNC 1996 Counterstamps Inventory, Link:Isn't That Double Jeopardy? and Link:The Case Of The Traveling Die EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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    1996 WRNC counterstamp on 1996 1/10oz Fine Gold - 5 Dollars
    16.5mm bullion coin (shown double the scale of the bronze medal below.)
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    1996 WRNC counterstamp on 1996 bronze Cleveland Bicentennial Medal
    39mm medal (estimate scaled from scans.)

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SILVER 1796 $10 Eagle Gold Die Setup Piece
36.8-40.9mm - 1.4mm thick - HalfDollar edge
  • WHAM... Well That Finished That!
       Ron Landis told me that his coiner was setting up his dies to strike 1796 gold Eagles when the press slipped. A silver fifty cent planchet had been placed over the anvil/reverse die to protect it should the dies bump together during setup. Normally it would have done its job but it simply wasn't up to the task when the press came crashing down from the top of its setting. The crash... not clash this time ...impacted this silver planchet with such force that you can see how badly it was deformed. The dies were damaged beyond any hope of recovery by this accident. Ron is considering placing this "SILVER Eagle", along with the pair of damaged dies, up for auction at some point as a set. If he carries through on this thought it will be a rare opportunity since TheGuys are adamant about not allowing their coin dies out of the mint. I'm looking forward to this sale if and when it happens!
       When I checked my spelling of adamant I noted the dictionary definition and was struck by how perfectly it described how TheGuys react to some of my more "reasonable" ideas and projects. ad穉穖ant 1. Impervious to pleas, appeals, or reason; stubbornly unyielding. I couldn't help but chuckle. ;-) EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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COPPER 1993 Gallery Mint Museum Annual Medal
38.5mm - 4.6mm thick - Lettered edge
  • Junk Jars And Dresser Drawers
       We did make quite a few more in copper than in silver, and offered them for $10 each. Most of the coppers were sold to non-numismatists as a souvenir item which most likely ended up in someone's junk jar or dresser drawer. The more serious collectors were buying the silvers, which could be the reason why you see more silver pieces in "circulation". Ron Landis...Saturday, April 05, 2003 12:27PM
       Having a predilection for "off-metal" strikes and having seen mostly silver GMM Annual Medals (1993-5)... I like these copper strikes! Since I've seen so few of them, they feel like "off-metal" strikes to me, even if they are less expensive medals,
       Ozawkie - 1 May 2003: Ron tells me he was thinking of the copper medals struck on the King's Coin Hammer in Texas when he wrote the April 5th EMail message above. He went on to tell me that... even though they wanted to continue that tradition of striking both silver and copper 1.5oz medals ...once they left Texas they didn't have a press that was big enough to do the job. They struck a very few GMM annual medals in copper... perhaps only from the 1993 dies ...and decided they simply weren't up to the task. That makes these copper medals particularly scarce and desirable.
       I didn't think to ask him what was different between striking the 1.5oz silver medals and copper versions from the same dies. They got 500 each of the silver pieces struck each year somehow. Something else to keep my GMM research project interesting I reckon! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
       All this looks good to me. You're right on the money. PURE silver is much easier to strike than the copper alloy planchets. Ron Landis...Tuesday, May 06, 2003 10:57AM
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The Original 1979 Pittsburg Street Photograph.
A Face Full Of Life Experiences
   Lee created his original artwork based on the photograph shown here and he tells me that he has used this person's face on steel... a Sharps buffalo rifle, ivory and now on a buffalo nickel. This fellow has a wonderful face for the purpose and he was originally captured on film on the streets of Pittsburg in 1979. Lee didn't get the full photograph but apparently this person was handing a violin to a child when the photographer captured the moment for posterity. Lee thinks the fellow was a street person... or whatever the politically correct phrase is now-a-days ...but has no specific information. I wanted to capture the other uses that Lee put this wonderfully expressive face to and share them with you here. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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One of Lee Griffiths' favorite faces.
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