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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
2003
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Index
Links
Link: Your Support Is Needed Now!
Link: Original Landis Designs ...BUT...
Link: [ Well Worth The Investment ]
Link: A horse is a horse, of course, of course
Link: Presented by Monaco Financial, LLC
Link: 'In God We Trust' Pattern Con$ept
Link: Scarce As Hen's Teeth
Link: Two Windjammer Obverse Dies!
Link: [ ...but it's not in me! ]
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Your Support Is Needed Now!

   Please support the Gallery Mint Museum project ASAP! I received a copy of the Gallery Mint Museum Collector's update today in the mail. Contained in the issue was an immediate plea to help fund the creation of the museum through the purchase of any current products. I've typed the plea from the issue below. Please consider immediately purchasing something from them to assist in the creation of the museum. They just finished working on their newest creation, a reproduction of the 1792 Birch Cent. They also have available a musical CD of their band, The Doe Brothers, titled "Rolling in the Doe." In between they have a variety of offerings to fit anyone's budget. Your investment now for any one of these beautiful creations will ensure that Americans will be able to enjoy a living history of numismatics through the work of this museum. And if you weren't already aware, Gallery Mint Museum's chief engraver, Ron Landis recently won the distinguished Numismatic Art Award for Excellence in Medallic Sculpture from the ANA. Continued support from the numismatic community will sustain the unique creativity and the tireless dedication of the crew at the Gallery Mint Museum. Please stop by their newly redesigned website and have a look today: Link:www.gallerymint.com - Edwin Johnston... Wednesday, August 20, 2003 2:14PM

   MUSEUM PROJECT UNDER WAY - Your Support is Needed Now. It is no secret that we've been working toward building a working museum of minting technology since the inception of Gallery Mint Museum in 1992. We have recently designed a new facility which is actually the first phase in the total museum structure. The bids are in, the bank is ready to go. The big question is, do we really have the support of the numismatic community? It takes a mint to build a museum, and frankly, the "money" we make here doesn't spend too well. We have to sell it to interested collectors. If we can't sell enough, we can't build the museum. It's that simple. We have come to a major crossroads recently, and either need to expand into the new building to house the ever growing pile of presses and equipment, or, sell it all and regroup into a strictly commercial enterprise. - Ron Landis... August, 2003 issue of the Gallery Mint Museum Collector's Update.

   I am quite certain that I can't state the need any more forcefully or eloquently than Ed and Ron have already done. Please do whatever you can to help TheGuys! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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  • Original Landis Designs ...BUT...

  •    These Renaissance trinkets are created from molds made by hand cutting original Landis Renaissance medals to form the patterns for said molds. As unbelievable as it seems to some of us... these are still being offered on the Internet in spite of the fact that they are clear exploitations of Ron's work. The last time I looked, this bald-faced rip-off went so far as to attempt additional gain by using the Landis name in connection with these pieces. Ron is not being compensated for this unlicensed use of his work and creativity. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
       I just saw your article on Jane's Jewelry. She used to be a friend who would buy my medals (at a discount) and hand cut each one individually. When she first started molding and casting the pieces, I confronted her with it and demanded she stop. I cared more about it back then, because I was selling hand cut examples of the same designs. I found myself competing against my own work, and since hers were cast in quantities, of course she could offer less quality for less money.
       She took down the offending wares until the end of that festival, and just went ahead and offered them at the next show that I wasn't doing. As far as I know, she's still selling them at the Renaissance Festivals. She's been selling them on the Internet for years. When I confronted her by EMail... I requested "royalties" in a sarcastic way ...she offered to pay me a whopping $60 for several years of sales. I never did send her my mailing address for the pitiful offer, and haven't made contact since.
       I did contemplate taking legal action, but just blew it off. By then, I had bigger fish to fry, and just chalked it up to experience. This is just one example of the Carny mentality that screwed up that whole scene. Everybody's a "mark" to those people. It got me to hate the Renaissance Festivals, and was just another straw that convinced us to get out of the carnival and start the Gallery Mint. Ron Landis... Wednesday, August 20, 2003 2:55PM


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    Well Worth The Investment
       Life is always full of choices and, brother let me tell you, when it comes to digital scales the choices boggled my poor tired old brain. At least I had a broad selection of choices and not just one or two... that is always a good thing.
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    250g
    161dwt
    9oz
    8oz
    I own an old balance beam scale but it takes so much effort to obtain weights using that equipment that I always skip that information gathering step.
       Check out what Sellers on eBay are offering in just the single choice I finally settled on from eBay UserID: AuctionBroker... eBay Search: 250g Digital Scales. From there you can branch out to whatever other sort of digital scale you might have a need for.
       I was sorely tempted to purchase a scale with a smaller 50g capacity but with an order of magnitude more accuracy. Instead of weighing to the nearest 0.1g like the 250g model... it weighed to the nearest 0.01g. Then I decided that I was almost certain to round everything to the nearest 0.1g for the ScrapBook... so why pay double the money for something I was just going to ignore anyway?
       I ended up paying just under $30 including the $7 shipping and I definitely feel the increase in recorded information in the ScrapBook will be well worth the investment. Check out the variety of scales that eBay Search: AuctionBroker is offering and you may be spending your lunch money too! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

     Grams in:   a grain   a pennyweight   an ounce   an ounceT   a poundT   a pound 
       .064799g   1.55518g   28.3495g   31.1035g   373.242g   453.592g 

     Avoirdupois 
     grain gr   .064799  .002286oz   .000143lb 
     gram g  15.4324gr   .035274oz   .002205lb 
     ounce oz    437.5gr   28.3495  .0625lb 
     pound lb   7,000gr   453.592  16oz 
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     grain gr   .064799  .041667dwt   .002083oz   .000174lb 
     gram g   15.4324gr   .643014dwt   .032151oz   .002679lb 
     pennyweight dwt   24gr   1.55518  .05oz   .004167lb 
     ounce oz   480gr   31.1035  20dwt   .083333lb 
     pound lb   5,760gr   373.242  240dwt   12oz 

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    8/17
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    c.1688 Tin Token (left)      c.1828 Tin Restrike (center)      1850 Gold $10 (right)
  • "A horse is a horse, of course, of course"

  •    One day while whiling... or was that idling? ...away a few pleasant moments browsing through Link:CoinFacts.com I encountered the interesting Link:c.1688 American Plantations Token - Original shown above left... where it was described thusly: These were struck for circulation in the New England and New York areas, which at the time of issue (around 1688), were plantation colonies of England. They were coined at the Tower Mint in London, using at least six obverse dies and seven reverse dies. Coinage weights were uncertain, but evidently these were struck at 50 to the pound, and worth the stated value of 1/24 of a Spanish Real. Later they were changed into "Proclamation Money" where they were worth 1 Farthings, and often circulated at double face value in the Colonies. All examples are rare, and most show the familiar "tin pesting" as seen here, despite being of mint state quality. - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Pre-Long Beach Sale", September 23 & 24, 2002, Lot 20.
       I was struck by how similar it appeared to the 1850 GOLD Horseman $10 that Ron had recreated as of late. Then I found the fact that there was a Link:c.1828 Restrike of the American Plantations Token and I postulated to myself that it wasn't unreasonable for the engraver of the 1850 GOLD Horseman $10 to have at least seen one of these tokens, and have been influenced by it, even if he didn't model his carving after this token.
       Of course, when I got both scans side-by-side in my graphics editor the perceived similarities became considerably less striking. By that time I had this SBsubject all composed in my head and it wouldn't go away... I just had to "dump it out" to make room for the next SBsubject. I'll let you judge how similar, or dissimilar, these horse and riders are and hope... regardless of your conclusion ...that you will at least enjoy having seen these cool TIN Horseman tokens. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

    "Mr. Ed" by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston - Theme song from TV show Mr. Ed.
    10/1/1961-9/8/1965 - CBS - Black & White - 143 30minute episodes
    1)  A horse is a horse, of course, of course
    And no one can talk to a horse, of course
    That is, of course, unless the horse
    Is the famous Mister Ed
    3)  People yakkety-yak a streak
    And waste your time of day
    But Mister Ed will never speak
    Unless he has something to say
    2)  Go right to the source and ask the horse
    He'll give you the answer that you endorse
    He's always on a steady course
    Talk to Mister Ed
    4)  A horse is a horse, of course, of course
    And this one will talk 'til his voice is hoarse
    You never heard of a talking horse?
    Well listen to this: I am Mister Ed

    WWW-Link:Monaco Financial
      WWW-Link:Ship Of Gold - Historical Relics, An Epic Story and Own a Treasure  
    WWW-Link:Ship of Gold - Journey Through History
    SB-Link:Keep Your Eyes Open!
    SB-Link:Our First Glimpse Of The Horseman
    SB-Link:Still Watching For The Horseman
    SB-Link:Presented by Monaco Financial, LLC
    SB-Link:A horse is a horse, of course, of course
    SB-Link:Brother... Can You Spare A Fifty?

    8/16
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    J&H
    Ingot#
    Qty.
    Minted
    4050
    4220
    4258
    4282
    4293
    4328
    4330
    1,145
    1,070
    249
    385
    116
    346
    213
      3,524
  • Presented by Monaco Financial, LLC

  •    The Forty-Niner Horseman Ship of Gold Commemorative is an absolutely stunning gem-Proof gold piece struck from Justh & Hunter California Gold Rush gold ingots recovered from the 1857 shipwreck of the S.S. Central America - the legendary "Ship of Gold." - Monaco Financial
       Richard Teschler sent me two beautiful publications; 1) a 10 page reprint from the March 1992 issue of LIFE Magazine entitled The Greatest Treasure Ever Found (which my eighty-five year old mother sat down and read cover to cover, every word ... the highlight of her week she said) and 2) a 25 page undated catalog entitled A Catalog Of Treasure From The S.S. Central America. Both are high quality full-color publications and the level of numismatic detail provided in the catalog is quite exceptional.
       Ron Landis tells us that there were 33-34 pewter specimens struck at GMM from the original dies. He also informs us that there were 100 (9/8/07 correction: 50 ~ vrw) silver specimens struck at the Royal Canadian Mint from the same dies used to strike the 3,524 gold specimens from the seven gold ingots.
       I remember someone telling me that, in addition to the seven ingot number counterstamped gold specimens, there was some number of an eighth specimen created from gold "left over from the seven ingots." I know I don't follow the precise logic here so perhaps we will learn more later on.
       The Monaco folks also sell Ron's Kellogg $50.00 "Quintuple Eagle" Commemorative Restrikes as well as recovered ingots, coins, gold dust and related S.S. Central America items. I'm sure Richard Teschler would be happy to hear from any interested persons at 1-888-751-1933 (extension 4534.) EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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    WWW-Link:Monaco Financial
      WWW-Link:Ship Of Gold - Historical Relics, An Epic Story and Own a Treasure  
    WWW-Link:Ship of Gold - Journey Through History
    SB-Link:Keep Your Eyes Open!
    SB-Link:Our First Glimpse Of The Horseman
    SB-Link:Still Watching For The Horseman
    SB-Link:Presented by Monaco Financial, LLC
    SB-Link:A horse is a horse, of course, of course
    SB-Link:Brother... Can You Spare A Fifty?

    8/15
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    1995 'In God We Trust' Con$ept Dollar
    Brass - Pattern - 29.2mm - 3.4mm thick - 17.4g - Plain Edge
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  • 'In God We Trust' Pattern Con$ept

  •    This strike was laying in Ron's cabinet on leather so the reverse had some really active verdigris going on... a really ugly bright green ...thus the coloration difference between the obverse and reverse. It was struck on an extremely heavy planchet and has a plain edge which is unusual... virtually all of Ron's 1995 con$epts were struck on lettered edge planchets.
       Since this piece has a plain edge and nice sharp rims from being strongly struck... it feels like a piedfort strike. I asked Cliff Bolling and he tells me that his regular 1995 Con$epts are 3.2mm thick and his piedfort 2000 Con$epts are 3.3mm thick. So... no wonder this specimen, at 3.4mm thick, feels like a piedfort strike.
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    In God We Trust
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    Large Date Mintmark
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    1995 Lady Liberty
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       This is my absolute favorite Landis Con$ept Dollar! This was Ron's first obverse design, he didn't like it for some reason and he tried twice more until he got it "right." I think he had it right the first time of course.
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       We have explored the subject of this "In God We Trust" Con$ept pattern many times over the life of this ScrapBook project... all though, several of these SBsubjects only mention it in passing. 1) Link:Texas Renaissance Festival Tokens, 2) Link:Wonder What's In This Bag?, 3) Link:Property of GMM MintMaster which introduces us to the same specimen as shown at the top of this SBsubject, 4) Link:Czapla First Edition Publication Found, 5) Link:A Quartet From The GMM Brass Section, 6) Link:Kansas City Hey Hey Hey, 7) Link:Too Numerous To Count, 8) Link:CoinFlip Inserts: After The Fact Confusion, 9) Link:Wax Con$ept Hub And Die Impressions and 10) Link:THIS Should Have Been... I am certain that we will be revisiting Ron's fantastic Con$epts many times in the future. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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    1795 Half Eagle
    Copper - Die Trial - 25.7mm - Reeded Edge
    with [ .9167 ] in a plain edge area below "17" of "1795"
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  • Scarce As Hen's Teeth

  •    I have a lot of years under my belt and, even here in the Kansa Territories, I have yet to see a hen with teeth. The bobcats and coyotes win every time in any encounters of the chicken kind.
       I love poking around Ron's work area at GMM! You never know what is just barely covered up... or perhaps buried many layers deep ...by the junk mail and important documents that we all accumulate in our offices.
       Here are three lovely die trials for your edification and enjoyment. I told you that trips to Eureka Springs are worth your time. Make it a point to go visit TheGuys... it is an experience of a lifetime! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
    Ron Landis photographs.
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    1796 Eagle     Brass and Silver - Die Trials - 33mm(est.)
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    S/V Fantome
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    Fantome Medal
    Silver - Uniface Die Trial - 32.5mm - 21.5g - Plain Edge
  • Two Windjammer Obverse Dies!

  •    It all started with Ron's EMail message to me as follows: The ship depicted on the Windjammer doubloon is, or was, the Fantome. At the time, the Fantome was their flagship, but I understand it sank several years ago. Ron Landis... Friday, August 08, 2003 5:37PM
       To which I replied: The Fantome had entirely different sails than the Yankee Clipper. The copper medal matches the Yankee Clipper's rigging. Are you certain your memory isn't playing tricks on you? Fantome was a four masted schooner while your copper medal and the Yankee Clipper only have three masts. I think I gotcha!   :-)
       So Ron ran up the white flag: You're right, I don't remember the Yankee Clipper medal. I wonder if I have another piece with the Fantome. That was many years ago and many dies ago. Ron Landis... Saturday, August 09, 2003 5:41PM
       I had Ron "down" but he wasn't "out" because... while I was visiting with him Tuesday, August 12th ...we were looking though his coin cabinet and he reached over and picked out the uniface silver "FANTOME" medal shown above. Now we know that there were two Windjammer obverse dies created by Ron Landis... this silver Fantome piece and the copper Yankee Clipper piece shown previously in SBsuject: Link:S/V Yankee Clipper are irrefutable proof of that fact. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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    S/V Fantome
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       The Fantome still retained the elegance of the luxury sailing yacht that she once was with her mahogany rails and cozy wood-lined dining room. She was built in 1927 as floating palace of the Duke of Westminster. In 1956 she was purchased by Onassis as a wedding gift for Princess Grace and Prince Ranier. Since he didn't get a wedding invitation, they didn't get Fantome. She joined the Windjammer fleet in 1969 and was lost at sea during Hurricane Mitch in October 1998. Link:Windjammer Barefoot Cruises.

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    BookSearch:The Ship and the Storm: Hurricane Mitch and the Loss of the Fantome.
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    ...but it's not in me!
       I have been watching those $10 carvings come up on eBay and I wondered how long it would take me to do one. Shown here is one I completed in 11 minutes. After a little practice I could get it down to 3-6 minutes and without a hat it would take only 2-3 minutes. As far as making money, the crude carvings are the way to go. Ten carvings an hour yields $100 ...but it's not in me! - Anonymous Active Carver
       My response to this Master Carver is that he isn't considering all the time spent photographing his quickie pieces, manipulating and posting the photographs, listing the pieces on eBay, relisting the pieces on eBay, corresponding with the few successful bidders and packaging the pieces sold. I wouldn't pack and mail these pieces for the few dollars involved... OUCH! Any carving that sells for less than $50 is time and talent wasted!
       My unskilled, untalented time is worth more than what it takes to send out bunches of packages... it takes me forever to package stuff securely and accurately for mailing ...and just imagine the cost of a talented carver's time in exceptional carvings NOT created! Talk about the cost of lost opportunities! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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