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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

2003 ScrapBook Subjects
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Index
Links
Link: "Cupid Tuning A Banjo"
Link: "Eureka South" Krugerrand
Link: Chain Cent On Brass RenFest Planchet
Link: Plain Edged Chain Cent Pocket Piece
Link: "Circus Elephant"
Link: [ Sonny's "Baker's Dozen" - 3 early carved Buffs ]
Link: RARE Wrong-Sized 1787 New Jersey Cent
Link: A 1796 "With Pole" HalfCent SILVER Proof
Link: [ Sonny's "Baker's Dozen" - 3 later carved Buffs ]
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1995 Ron Landis #091
1921P  Silver  25.8g  38.1mm
  • "Cupid Tuning A Banjo"

  •    Ron has this wonderful TreasureTrove carving entered in his Link:Log of Hobo Nickels Hand Engraved by Ron Landis with the title "Cupid Playing Banjo." When I showed him this TTcarving he immediately said he had forgotten doing this "Cupid Tuning A Banjo" and was really pleased to see it again. If you look you will notice that Cupid's left hand is indeed behind the Banjo and not wrapped around the front as it would need to be if the Banjo was being played.
       I personally like this TTcarving because it uses so much of George T. Morgan's Lady Liberty originally on the silver dollar. Her chin as Cupid's right knee, her nose as part of Cupid's wing, her neck as the sheet music, her hair... I could go on and on but you get the idea by now so I'll quit writing before you decide to quit reading. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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    1995 Ron Landis #098
    1978  Gold  32.2g  32.7mm
  • "Eureka South" Krugerrand


  • #098 Hallmark
       I must have failed to record this piece. The number is correct, but since I failed to record it as soon as I finished it, I most likely forgot, and just kept the sequence going. This happened one or two other times but were corrected in the log. I will make a note in the log to add it in as #98-A. I try to record them the minute they're done, but sometimes get distracted, and forget. Thanks for clearing it up. Ron Landis... Monday, November 24, 2003 10:39AM
       This fantastic TreasureTrove carving is a strong competitor for the title of Best Of Show ...or perhaps I should say Best Of Trove! This TTcarving is the only carving on gold mentioned in Ron's Link:Log of Hobo Nickels Hand Engraved by Ron Landis and clearly he put quite literally days of work into this artistic jewel. This piece is likely the most valuable TTspecimen followed closely by the carved silver dollar mentioned in the previous SBsubject. That is why they got top billing... the two lead-in SBsubject on these two TreasureTrove SBpages.
       You can see from the scan of the 1978 Krugerrand shown below that Ron changed the SUID-AFRIKA o SOUTH AFRICA legend to EUREKA o SOUTH which shows his normal insight and inventiveness/creativity. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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    Brass  17.4g  29.5-30mm  CoinDieAlignment
  • Chain Cent On Brass RenFest Planchet

  •    The TreasureTrove has four chain cent specimens. In my haste I picked out two of the four specimens to scan because they had unusual placement of the COPY counterstamp and I have learned that most generally this is an indicator that something unusual is afoot. One cent I didn't select turned out to be from the "DoubleDie HighNine" / AMERICA uncirculated (U2) dies... 1 of only 50 struck. It was so "prooflike" that I first took it to be a proof specimen... particularly since it has AMERICA and not AMERI. on the reverse die.
       The TTcent shown above is from TheGuys' "WideDate" / AMERI. uncirculated (U4) workhorse dies... 1 of 3,860 struck. It is quite interesting however because it was struck on a previously existing RenFest brass planchet with the infamous "Moon and Stars" engrailed edge. A really cool specimen but it begs the question of why it was struck. It is common practice at GMM to accomplish trial strikes of their dies prior to placing them into normal production. When TheGuys do that they normally don't have the proper planchets prepared for the creation yet and simply grab up any existing planchet laying around that is generally of the proper size. Without documentation we can't prove it but this TTcent "feels" like a trial strike for TheGuys' workhorse chain cent dies.
       I believe a 1995 Con$ept exists struck on this same type of planchet. Using these brass RenFest planchets for one of the three first experimental chain cent dies would also have been logical. Something else to keep my eyes pealed for! Those first strikes were done in small batches of 50, 50 and 40 pieces. The four different uncirculated chain cents are described in Link:"Direct Carved" UNCIRCULATED Chain Cent.
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       In addition to having an unusual edge this cent was also quite distinctly double struck which adds to its interest to the Ol' FatMan anyway. For those of you who haven't seen the "Moon and Stars" engrailed edge you can see it here below. If you have good eyes you can see... from left to right ...two stars, the moon, two stars, Saturn and one star. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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    Copper  13.9g  27.9mm  CoinDieAlignment
  • Plain Edged Chain Cent Pocket Piece

  •    Here is another TTcent from TheGuys' "WideDate" / AMERI. uncirculated (U4) workhorse dies... 1 of 3,860 struck. It is unusual because it has a plain edge which is something I have never seen as far as I can remember. TheGuys are really careful to create "perfect" products. Very few of their customers would "special order" a cent with something so trivial as a plain edge. The fact that this piece appears to have been carried as a "pocket piece" would give further credence to the assumption that this wasn't a pi鑓e de caprice. It "feels" more like a die trial that was then pocketed since it didn't have the correct edge. A bit of supposition here obviously but not too big a stretch I reckon. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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    1995 Ron Landis #127
    1938D  Nickel  4.8g  21.2mm
  • "Circus Elephant"


  • #127 Hallmark
       When I first saw this carving in the TreasureTrove I held it with the "FIVE CENTS" down in the normal 6:00 position. I couldn't figure out what I was looking at... a buffalo with his head in a basket? I laid it aside for later study under a magnifying glass and better lighting.
       Shortly thereafter the TTowner was flailing around looking for their "Circus Elephant On A Ball" carving and the lights suddenly came on. I had it set aside because I hadn't looked at it from the correct perspective.
       I knew of this carving because Ron had included a picture of it in one of his early Collectors' Update publications. It sure was a thrill to the Ol' FatMan to encounter the actual carving "in the nickel" as it were. This is a "typical" high relief Superior Landis carving and a real joy to hold in person. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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    1996 "Country Girl" #007
    (1935)S  Nickel  4.4g  21.2mm
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    1997 "Pete" #011
    1936D  Nickel  4.8g  21.2mm
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    1997 "John T." #022
    1935P  Nickel  5.0g  21.2mm
    Sonny's "Baker's Dozen" - 3 early carved Buffs
       Here are three of Sonny's early carvings on Buffalo nickels. Like virtually all new nickel carvers he either started out on "no date"/"no horn" buffalo nickels or he decided to blow the date away. He also did the same thing to the LIBERTY legend. I don't hold this against beginning nickel carvers because everybody has to start somewhere. Occasionally the subject being carved simply doesn't leave room for the LIBERTY but generally most of us collectors prefer the final carving to look as much like a "real nickel" as possible.
       Sonny apparently did one good thing right from the "get-go"... probably from having observed Ron carving nickels. He signed (hallmarked), dated and numbered his carvings! He also signed the coin holder in most cases which is a great addition to the carving in my eyes. Way to go Sonny! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

    As a special bonus to all who purchase ScrapBook CD-ROMs...
    ...the provenance materials provided by Sonny for his carvings:
    A signed handwritten Image:note for "Country Girl."
    An unsigned but numbered Image:coinflip insert for "Pete."
    A signed handwritten Image:coinflip insert for "John T."
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    Copper  8.2g  28.2mm
  • RARE Wrong-Sized 1787 New Jersey Cent

  •    Michael L. Czapla, III, tells us that there were eighteen of these wrong-sized cents struck so that makes this TreasureTrove find a rare bird indeed. Ron has some "short runs" of 40-50 of such things as certain Chain Cent dies but this particular creation is right up there close to the top in rarity. This doesn't have the high dollar standing of an original work of art like the two TTcarvings at the top of this page but it is certainly an attractive piece for the serious collector of Landis/GMM creations. One of these eighteen wrong-sized specimens is included in the upcoming Link:Gallery Mint Museum Growth Fund Benefit Auction ... Part I.
       We have visited these interesting wrong-sized creations in previous SBsubjects Link:Captured In Wax!, Link:Nagy, Maris, NJNS Lot#7 And The Real GMM Deerhead and Link:Landis Sample Featured In Coin World. Shown below are the two wrong-sized specimens in my midden heap. I have no particular reason to show them to all y'all here other than I though you might enjoy seeing them again here without having to follow the provided links to our older SBsubject. Enjoy! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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    "Wrong Sized" 28.5mm 1787 New Jersey Cent
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    "Wrong Sized" 1787/NJNS 700th Meeting Mule 28.5mm

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    Silver  7.3g  23.6mm
  • A 1796 "With Pole" HalfCent SILVER Proof

  •    This wonderful silver proof may well be unique. If it isn't... then it certainly is "practically unique."   ;-)   It always amuses me when I see/hear folks say "almost unique", "virtually unique" or similar qualifiers attached to unique. This is one word that simply can't be qualified... either something is unique or it isn't!
       Fortunately the TTowner kept the original coinflip insert so that the provenance of this specimen is unquestioned. I absolutely hate it when a coin's owner discards the original envelopes and such when they resell a specimen. Both small dealers and large auction houses have been guilty of this in the past. Some of the leading auction houses are now starting to realize the value of provenance and keeping these materials for the new purchaser. It all depends on who they have preparing a collection's lots for resale.
       Everyone should remember that none of us truly own numismatic specimens. We are simply caretakers of them for future generations of collectors! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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    1997 "Ball Boy" #025
    1936P  Nickel  4.8g  21.2mm
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    1997 Woman's Head #027
    1936P  Nickel  4.9g  21.2mm
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    1998 "Abraham" #031
    1934P  Nickel  4.9g  21.2mm
    Sonny's "Baker's Dozen" - 3 later carved Buffs

    #025 Hallmark
       As you can see from these three nickel carvings... Sonny improved quite rapidly. These carvings are significantly more "finished" and in less than a year! He wasn't up to the level of his Mentor but was making noticeable improvement in this craft.
       The small "Sun-E" hallmark was both a surprise and a pleasure to discover on these TTcarvings. You need to turn the hallmark on its side to see the "Sun-E". Additionally, I found this to be a really clever hallmark... "Sun-E"<>"Sonny"!
       Until I saw these carvings in the TreasureTrove I had never seen a Sonny Carpenter carving. To find thirteen of them in one collection was exciting. Does anyone reading this have other examples of Sonny's work that they can share with us? EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

    As a special bonus to all who purchase ScrapBook CD-ROMs...
    ...the provenance materials provided by Sonny for his carvings:
    A signed handwritten Image:2x2 coinholder for "Ball Boy."
    A signed handwritten Image:2x2 coinholder for "Abraham."
    Link:Eureka Springs Treasure Trove Collection Inventory.