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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 ScrapBook Subjects
Link: After Slight Delay...
Link: Regalo A La Asociaci髇
Link: Will That Be Five Or Eight Strikes Sir?
Link: ANA Delivers Medallic Sculpture Award
Link: First United States Mint Issues COMPLETED!
Link: An Abrupt Stop!
Link: Now That's A Splitting Headache
Link: [ WinoSanta's Reindeer ]
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Gallery Mint Museum Growth Fund Benefit Auction ...Part I
  • After Slight Delay...

  •    After Slight Delay First GMM Benefit Auction Is Now A Reality. It's the moment so many of you have been waiting for. Mike Ellis, who conducted the first "unofficial" GMM Reproductions Auction with great success in 1999 has agreed to conduct an auction for the sole benefit of raising funds for the new museum project. There will be at least 3 parts to the sale, the first, consisting of 150 lots of very special items, will open and possibly close this month. You may participate in three ways: If you do not have online access you may write us requesting a printed catalog or you may go online using somebody else's computer. We encourage as many as possible to use the internet to save us in printing costs. To participate by internet, log on to our official website at; and select the link to the auction which will be prominently displayed the moment the online catalog is available. You may also log on to Verne Walrafen's most excellent GMM Scrapbook site; for up to date details and a link to the catalog as soon as it is available online.
       Mike Ellis not only photographed and cataloged the entire sale, he will be managing the bids for us as well. He has agreed to take phone and email bids. All rules will be included in the catalog. To make sure you receive word the moment the catalog is posted online, send us an email at requesting your email address be placed on our electronic newsletter list. We will never sell or share your email address with anybody else. To contact Mike Ellis directly you may email him at or call him between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m EST at 229-861-3299. Written bids may be sent to either Mike (2707 Ed Hall Lane, Donalsonville, GA 39845) or us; preferably us if accompanied by an order for in stock items, and we will relay bidding information to Mike. GMM will handle all invoicing and shipping of auction lots upon close of the sale. Enlargements available on both WWW and ScrapBook CD-ROM
       Mike states the sale is full of one of a kind items, all of which are currently the property of GMM, and that he will go out of his way to encourage continued bidding even though none of it will be real time. He adds, "The sale will not end at an exact moment as I will not close it until I am certain active bidders are satisfied with their bids." This is a fund raising event for the new museum which will serve the collector and GMM alike well.

       Currently we plan to offer at least two more of these sales approximately two months apart. Mike Ellis... Monday, 12/29/2003 10:03AM
    Link:150 DRAFT Auction Lot Descriptions.
    The official Gallery Mint Museum Growth Fund Benefit Auction online catalog will be the one on the GMM website
       I will provide that official catalog link for you on my main index webpage when it becomes available. It will get too confusing if we post multiple copies of the actual online catalog.
       Nothing posted in this GMM ScrapBook is meant to be anything other than commentary and unofficial information from informed sources. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
    As a special bonus to all who purchase ScrapBook CD-ROMs...
    ... here's a complete set of scans for Auction1 lots:
    Link:329 Auction Lot Photos.
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  • Regalo A La Asociaci髇

  •    El socio n鷐ero 199, Verne Walrafen, de Kansas, EE.UU. ha mandado acu馻r tres medallas en plata como regalo a la Asociaci髇. Las medallas han sido acu馻das con los antiguos cu駉s grabados a buril por Ron Landis, en 1988, de las medallas que se acu馻ron en su d韆 para vender y financiar las primeras gestiones para rehabilitar la Ceca.
       Las medallas originales pertenecientes a la Asociaci髇 desaparecieron del despacho del Alcalde en 1989, donde hab韆n sido depositadas como muestras, por lo que estamos muy agradecidos a Verne por su reemplazo con estos tres ejemplares. El socio mantiene una p醙ina web con noticias sobre el maestro grabador, Ron Landis, y su casa de moneda artesanal en Kansas, en la que incluye noticias sobre la Ceca de Segovia: racias Verne!
    - AMIGOS de la casa de la moneda de segovia - Boletin De La Asociaci髇 2004

       I've got to get a decent translation of this article for you. The BabelFish version was really laughable. Be patient... EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
       Finally! Here you go... Member 199, Verne Walrafen, of Kansas,USA, has had Ron Landis specially strike several medals for the Friends of the Setgovia Mint Association. The medals were struck by Ron Landis, from the old dies he hand engraved back in 1988 as an early fund raiser for the proyect to restore the Mint. These medals were replacements, as the Association's original medals disappeared from City Hall while on loan. The member maintains a webpage with news and events related to Ron Landis and the Gallery Mint Museum in Kansas, as well as news about the Segovia Mint: THANKS VERNE! Glenn Murray... Tuesday, 1/6/2004 6:34PM

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  • Will That Be Five Or Eight Strikes Sir?

  •    I have no clue what these two little pewter planchets did in a former life to deserve such harsh treatment but these puppies got the tar beat out of them in Florida in 1997. TheGuys' MiniMint really got a workout creating these two tokens. These fun creations sold recently on eBay for a pittance but I figured I had my share of GMM pewter tokens already and I ought to give the other guy a chance to acquire and enjoy such interesting and unique tokens. Besides... I get to show them to all y'all here and that is almost as good as owning them for myself. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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    ANA Delivers Medallic Sculpture Award
       On my most recent trip to Eureka Springs Ron proudly showed me his gold medal from ANA which he had finally received. While it is not a great piece of art in and of itself... the honor behind receiving it is undiminished. I think Ron should have had to make the medal himself and then it would have had both artistic and social merit. It is a shame when the medal given for "Medallic Sculpture" does not measure up to the medals Ron created as Exhibitor's medals for several ANA conventions. Oh well... such is life! This is the medal that we mentioned in two previous SBsubjects: Link:Numismatic Art Award for Excellence in Medallic Sculpture and Link:ANA Honors Ron Landis With Medallic Sculpture Award.
       Now then, if I were in charge of the medal selection committee at ANA... and I couldn't get Ron to create his own award ...then you can bet that we would have picked a medal more like the one shown here below that Steve Adams displays on his webpage Link:SGA Sculpture Engraving ~Sculpture~. As my friend Cliff Kraft said, in a word... WOW!
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       Steve Adams tells us a bit about bas-relief sculptures on his afore-mentioned webpage and that is about the limit of my knowledge on the subject. I trust someone will correct me if I get anything wrong while I am babbling about Ron's wonderful Leonardo da Vinci bas-relief sculpture shown here below. It is a plaster original that Ron did as a class project a number of years ago. Strictly from my leaky old memory and without having taken measurements... I'd say this plaster sculpture is roughly 10-12" in diameter. This has nothing to do with Ron having received the above ANA Medallic Sculpture Award but I felt this was a good excuse to show you his sculpture.
       I wondered if a nickel carving could be created using his sculpture and Ron told me there were several reasons why this was not possible. Primarily... a nickel planchet is not thick enough to recreate Leonardo without cutting through to the reverse side of the nickel. Additionally... a more durable model would have to be cast from this plaster sculpture because plaster is too soft to work directly from in a reduction machine. Finally... GMM does not have a restored working reduction machine that would be necessary to accomplish such a task.
       I knew going in that any nickel carving attempted using a reduction machine would obviously require blowing away ALL the original coin detail in the duplication process. There would go my beloved coin date and LIBERTY legend. That would never do! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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       This model was created at the Art of Engraving course taught by Virginia Janssen at the ANA in its first year. That course is underwritten by the Gilroy Roberts foundation, and is the same one I teach steel engraving every other year. I was proud to be included in the first year the course was offered and wanted to learn the "modern" method of coin sculpting. I haven't done any other plaster models since then, but may one day if we ever get the reduction lathes running. Ron Landis... Friday, 12/26/2003 10:38AM
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  • First United States Mint Issues COMPLETED!

  •    Back on October 19th we hoped for the completion of this Wright quarter recreation in SBsubject Link:First United States Mint Issues. I am pleased to be able... thanks to Ron Landis show you this wonderful recreation here in the ScrapBook before it is even posted on their own GMM website. I think that Ron has moved his already superlative engraving up another notch while creating this elegant recreation... both the Lady Liberty and the Eagle are now among my favorites of Ron's engravings. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
    Ron Landis photographs

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  • An Abrupt Stop!

  •    Last summer... 2003 ...Ron created the neat Saint Gaudens' Indian Head obverse token die shown here. In Colorado Springs, Colorado, at the ANA Summer Seminar Ron combined this Indian obverse die with his previous year's Creative Errors Mini Seminar for his first class. Suddenly Ron... or somebody ...noticed that the pewter tokens being struck had no date. DATELESS TOKENS! This would never do! So the Indian obverse die was paired with the 2003 ANA Summer Seminar reverse die for the next class. These undated tokens were only struck for the one class and thus are quite scarce.
       It took a while to acquire an example of this particular token. I mentioned that it existed in SBsubject: Link:MiniMint At 2003 ANA Summer Seminar. Something else to keep your eyes open for! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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  • Now That's A Splitting Headache

  •    A GMM client obviously felt... as I do ...that Ron's BurchCent high relief obverse die would be impressive struck in some other metal than copper. Timothy had a couple extra silver BurchCents laying on his workbench. When I spotted them I could see one had a large planchet split so I asked if I could buy the pair. Normally TheGuys melt down... GASP! ...any creation that is less than perfect. Generally only pi鑓es de caprice are the exception to the goal of production perfection. I'm "pickled tink" to have had the opportunity to acquire such an interesting pair... one cracked and the other perfect! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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    AKA Bullwinkle Alces Americanus
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    -by Clifford Kraft
    AKA Hugo H. Horowitz
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    -by Lee Griffiths
    WinoSanta's Reindeer
       Bullwinkle is what his Dad named him but he says... "Just call me Bull!" Bull wants it clearly understood from the get-go that he is a full blooded Yukon Moose (Alces americanus) and not some pansy Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus)... otherwise known as a Caribou. You'd best not call him "Alice" either if you know what's good for you.
       The story starts with the following narrative by that world renown Northern Minnesota wildlife guide and restaurateur-chef Clifford Kraft: Even for a Yukon Moose, "Bullwinkle" is huge... pushing 74". He not only dwarfs his Canadian neighbors, but his own kind as well. "A real chunk"... not the kind of animal you would take for eating, unless you had an awful lot of chili mix that you needed burger for. Pack this out, across a swamp? No thanks! Healthy looking, with a belly and a beautiful rack, he is impressive. "Bullwinkle" is in a class by himself. Remember... that recipe for "Jellied Moose Nose" will work just as well next year.
       I just couldn't let Bull continue to subject himself to the company of folks who viewed him simply as a huge pile of walking steaks, roasts and hamburger. When the opportunity presented itself I paid off his stack of misdemeanor tickets and sent him enough money so he could travel here to the Kansa Territories. We won't discuss here why he was on the wrong side of the law but suffice it to say that it was just for being a moose and doing what a moose does naturally... hardly his fault since (wait for it) he's a moose!
       He wasn't here long before he had to get out of the house to "stretch his legs" and I'm here to tell you he has some really long legs. Anyway... the first I knew that he was back in trouble again was when John Law showed up at my front door with Bull in a Sanitation Department dump truck. Apparently Bull did some minor structural damage to the Police Paddy Wagon that they first tried to transport him in.
       When I read the police report I got "the rest of the story!" Hugo H. Horowitz... a local 'colorful character' who lives out of his 1985 Yugo under the Kaw River Bridge just north of First Street and Kansas Avenue ...had just finished his shift as one of Santa's helpers at the WestRidgeMall in Topeka when he discovered his B&B on wheels wouldn't start.
       Hugo quickly determined that he had made a poor judgment call when he had gotten his last paycheck. It had been a choice between Thunderbird and Unleaded and had seemed like a "no brainer" at the time. Anyway... Hugo had been sitting in his Yugo polishing off his last Double Magnum and listening to Pete "Big Dog" Fetters' Thunderbird Wine on his Walkman. When what to his wondering eyes should appear but one big honking reindeer!
       Bull had... through no fault of his own ...wandered into a really bad situation while on his constitutional/walk-about. Hugo ran after Bull and tried to herd "Rudolph" over to his Yugo. Nobody can guess what was on Hugo's mind since he didn't have any harness to hookup Ol' RedNose to the Yugo. Bystanders only saw the results of Bull taking out his frustration on Hugo's rolling B&B. They reported that Hugo was wandering around muttering incoherently to himself about Rudolph not being nearly as nice as he had always been led to believe.
       I could have told Hugo that Bull REALLY doesn't like being mistaken for a reindeer! For those of you that don't recall your history: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration judged the Yugo to have the worst crash performance of any car it had tested. Hugo is now looking for an old Pinto so he can move out of the refrigerator box behind Sears. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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    Growth Fund Benefit Auction ...Part I
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