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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

2004 ScrapBook Subjects
Link: Auction1: March 11 - April 8, 2004
Link: The Crown Jewel Of Auction1
Link: [ Where Ya Been Verne? ]
Link: Three 1995 Landis Hobos
Link: [ A Handful Of Nickels ]
Link: Perched Atop A Mountain Peak
Link: I Visited Gallery Mint Museum
Link: [ OHNS President's Award Trophy ]
Link: 2004 OHNS Hobo Tokens Available
Link: [ Carving Nickels And Engraving Works Of Art! ]
Link: 1794 PROOF Cent Has No Stars On Reverse
Link: [ The Only Old "3-Sided" Hobo Nickel? ]
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Gallery Mint Museum Growth Fund Benefit Auction ...Part I
  • Auction1: March 11 - April 8, 2004

  •    I just spent most of two days in Eureka Springs and I'm here to tell you that creating webpages from documents created in Microsoft Publisher does not result in a very clean set of webpages. FIRST... there are no navigation links generated to move back and forth between pages. SECOND... all the text gets saved as graphics files. That causes HUGE files and slow download times for the end user. Sorry about that!
       Mike and I did the best we could with the tools we had but hope to learn some other alternative methods for the next Auction later this year. Anyway... here is how you get to the first online auction catalog:
       Call Mike at (479)253-5055 if you would like a black and white printed catalog mailed to you. The catalog hasn't gone to the printer yet at this writing. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
       As a special bonus to all my readers who purchase ScrapBook CD-ROMs... check out Link:GMM Growth Fund Benefit Auction ...Part I where you will find the same Auction Catalog as is posted on the GMM website. We all know that someday that posted copy will get erased so I am archiving it here for the historical record. Enjoy!
    Additional related links... Link:GMM Page'70' and Link:329 Auction Lot Photos.
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  • The Crown Jewel Of Auction1

  •    So what is it EXACTLY? This is a pair of collapsed eagle dies and the reproduction coin that caused it! We used a silver half reproduction planchet for a setup trial strike and graphically illustrated here are the horrifying (to us!) results. Nothing hurts around here worse than putting all those hours (weeks actually) into producing a pair of dies only to see them collapse and shatter. The faces of these dies are concave now (the collapse) and they are both shattered but intact. The obverse is so bad it cracked the retainer as well which was left in place in order to hold the obverse die together! They also say 揟ime heals all wounds. Again, this time, they are right as Ron has recovered and has agreed to make this very special offering available. You will own the dies and reproduction (off metal at that) made with them.
       This is the only pair of reproduction coin dies we have ever put up for sale. This is also the only 搇ower value off metal strike authorized to leave here. And, finally, to top it all off, the dies are for a ten dollar gold piece reproduction! It抯 got everything going for it. Mike Ellis... Thursday, 11 March 2004

       Due to space limitations I am only showing the obverse die and the silver die trial strike here in the ScrapBook. The enlargements that are available on the ScrapBook CD-ROM show both dies of course as does the Auction1 catalog currently posted on the WWW and archived on our ScrapBook CD-ROM. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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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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    Where Ya Been Verne?
       Several weeks ago I had a weak moment and agreed to take on ANOTHER website to develop and maintain. It has been a LOT of fun but totally consuming of my time and resources. I need to step back from it for a bit and go to Eureka Springs to see if I can help TheGuys post their first auction out in hyperspace, do my Income Taxes, do my parent's Income Taxes, scramble to accomplish the stuff of daily living that I've been putting off for several weeks now, and whatever comes up while I'm trying to do all that. So... I am putting my "fishing and grass mowing sign" back up on this website and will try to visit it whenever I have a spare moment.
       Oh yeah! If you have a moment please go check out and let me know what you think... either pro or con. Any feedback will be both useful and appreciated. (Since the monitor only displays 72dpi the above webpage image turned all fuzzy when I reduce it but go look at the actual webpage... it will be MUCH better naturally.) EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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  • Three 1995 Landis Hobos

  •    Here we have three separate Landis creations that clearly show a sibling relationship. The Silver Eagle carving is owned by Don Haley... he bought it at auction in 1995 and values it highly. This "set" certainly is rare since it contains a one of five hundred medal and two one of a kind carvings. It is nice to bring these three pieces back together again even if it is only here in hyperspace. Wonderful work Ron! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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    Finlay #01 Cowboy #02 Hillbilly #03 Soldier #04 Warrior #05
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    BlueCollar #06 Woodsman #07 Pilot #08 Bum #09 Elephant #10
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    A Handful Of Nickels
       For 15 years I have been making and engraving custom art knives as one of my hobbies and donating them to raise money for local charities or for gifts. There are some who would say that I carry my deep relief engraving to the extreme others say that I just like to dig. A month or two ago Sam Alfano and Glendo/GRS (in Emporia, Kansas) invited me to spend a day with Sam's class doing a Hobo Nickel. I jumped at the chance. By the end of the day I was having so much fun and I had so many ideas running through my mind that I couldn't wait to get home try them out. A classmate gave me a handful of nickels to practice on and away I went.
       At the time I didn't know that there was a traditional style so please excuse what may seem radical to some but I really enjoy doing deep relief and letting my imagination run wild. It beats 120 hours on a knife. Thanks to those who have offered suggestions and advice. I will try to apply these suggestions and improve my engraving skills. See you down the road. Bob Finlay... Wednesday, 2/18/2004 4:42PM

       Sam Alfano told me that they all refer to Bob as "The Excavator" and I can see why. He does really great high relief cavings. Actually Bob has done seventeen nickel carvings to date but I only had room to show you his first ten creations. If you are viewing this on a ScrapBook CD-ROM you can see all his current carvings here: Link:Bob's First Carvings.
       Maybe someday we can see one of his best knives and see if he does the same excavations when working on steel. Welcome to the wonderful world of nickel carving Bob. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
  • Perched Atop A Mountain Peak

  • Enlargements available on both WWW and ScrapBook CD-ROM    I was sitting here working on the Growth Fund Benefit Auction catalog and found this that I wrote some time ago and thought you might enjoy it. Since it was done so long ago, it made shed some new light to historical accuracy of the time line - I don't know. Thought you might enjoy it none the less. Mike Ellis... Saturday, 14 February 2004 2:33PM

    Mike Ellis   ---   Spring 1997
       Perched atop a mountain peak a few scant miles from picturesque Eureka Springs, Arkansas is a numismatic landmark destined to be on the "must do" list of most numismatists nation wide.  Centered in the twenty-four acre tract is the site of the Gallery Mint Museum, a place where dreams become reality for any coin enthusiast who happens to visit.
       By now the majority of hobbyists are familiar with the superb reproduction coins struck at the Gallery Mint Museum.  So good are these reproductions that an after market of their own along with a strong following of error enthusiasts has evolved.  Why the interest from error collectors?  The answer comes directly from the Museum's mission statement found in each issue of the Museum's newsletter: "The Gallery Mint Museum -- dedicated to the preservation and advancement of the Numismatic Arts -- is a private mint, whose mission is to build a permanent museum showing the evolution of coin-making technology from ancient Greece through the Industrial Revolution."
       When complete, the museum will exhibit the entire minting process, with full-scale equipment, including a water wheel for generating power and a huge furnace for melting silver and copper.  The goal and dream of owners Ron Landis and Joe Rust is to recreate the art, history, and technology of early coin-making techniques, stimulating the public's interest in the numismatic arts and an understanding of its role in our heritage.  Funding for this project comes directly from the sales of items produced at the mint.  Your dollars directly support the mission and your continued support insures the success of the Museum.  "We believe this is an excellent way of instilling an appreciation of the numismatic arts," says Chief Engraver, Ron Landis, who after more than a decade of demonstrating early coin making techniques at art shows and renaissance festivals, teamed up with machinist Joe Rust in 1992.
       Many of the techniques used by early coin makers were thrown aside in the advent of progress, and many questions still remain unanswered.  By working with the actual technology available in a given time period, Gallery Mint Museum hopes to gain a better understanding of the problems faced by early coin makers.  The importance of coins in our history is obvious.  Also of great import are the technologies developed for coin production.  Because coins were one of the first items mass produced, the earlier mints created a proving ground for new technologies that eventually found their way into modern industries in ways too numerous to mention.  We believe an art form with such historical importance deserves a museum dedicated to the subject.  The original hand engraving techniques used to create the designs that adorned coins for millennia are now all but lost as modern mints move toward more modern means of creating the dies used in coin production.
       GMM also hopes to hold classes in traditional hand engraving, with guest instructors invited to give seminars in related arts, such as sculpting and casting.  Patrons of the Gallery Mint Museum receive this complimentary newsletter and updates on new medal issues.  Medals are offered for a limited time to Patrons before advertised to the general public.  By recreating the early minting process many mistakes are made, just as they were by our forefathers, and the resulting errors have become highly prized fantasy pieces sought by the most astute error collectors.  The bottom line: The Gallery Mint Museum is quickly and accurately filling the void researchers have been unable to fill.  Half of what the Museum does is the result of independent research conducted by the likes of R.W.Julian, Craig Sholley, Bill Fivaz, J.T.Stanton and the staff of the Gallery Mint Museum.
       The growing popularity of errors produced by the Gallery Mint was evidenced at the ANA's 105th Anniversary Convention where they conducted their first auction.  Sometime mid-week, after error collectors had already made their scheduled stop at the exhibit, it was decided to conduct a silent auction of eleven error pieces.  Only eleven error collectors discovered the auction but moderate bidding resulted in $612, an average of over $55 per piece (with most their normal counterparts retailing for about $8.00 each) was realized.  Error auctions are planned for all future events.
       The Gallery Mint Museum was founded on a dream with a partnership entered into at the 1992 Texas Renaissance Festival by Ron Landis and Joe Rust, an artist in his own right who beautifully and accurately restores or reproduces (and occasionally creates his own) minting equipment in the museum's elaborate machine shop.  A visit to the museum reveals the detail and ornate works produced by both Ron and Joe.  But the history predates the partnership by ten years.  Always interested in die engraving, Ron Landis produced his first coins at the 1982 Colorado Renaissance Festival using a small screw press given him by Mary Eckles of Denver.  For the next ten years Ron traveled the Renaissance Festival and art show circuits, constantly upgrading his equipment while improving his engraving skills.  Ron's first engraving, that used in Colorado in 1982, depicted a Unicorn obverse and a coat-of-arms reverse and remained in use through 1988.
       Fascinated by hobo art, Ron began carving modern or neo-bo hobo nickels in 1990.  Though modern day renditions, the articulate nature of his work has created a large following of hobo nickel collectors and when able to acquire one it often becomes the center piece of their collection, even upstaging the original hobos.  Sonny Carpenter, an employee of the Museum, is rapidly becoming an accomplished carver himself.  Ron does not limit his carving to nickels as he occasionally carves coins as large as a Silver Eagle.  In fact, one of his favorites is of Rush Limbaugh on a Silver Eagle which evolved from a segment of Rush's show highlighting the controversy surrounding the honoring of a live American on a coin.  The coin was sent to Rush Limbaugh but, unfortunately, never received by him.  Somewhere out there is a fine Ron Landis original which Ron would dearly love to see again!
       Dating 1993, the first official Gallery Mint Museum product, a one and a half ounce silver round depicting a Norman Rockwell like rendition of two individuals hand striking coins on the obverse and screw press production of a coin with the museum's motto, "Dedicated to the Preservation and Advancement of the Numismatic Arts," for the reverse provided the public with a glimpse of the glorious original and reproduction medallic art forthcoming.  Their first reproduction, a 17/1994 Flowing Hair Dollar, set the tone for their strict compliance of the Hobby Protection Act by sporting a large "COPY" counter-stamp on the reverse.  Of a total mintage of 1,758 pieces, 1,515 have been sold.  The 1993 issue is the first in a series of annual medals with the 1994 issue commemorating the 202nd Anniversary of the United States Mint being my personal favorite as the reverse exhibits an outstanding rendition of the first mint building.  The 1995 issue is certainly the favorite of Hobo Nickel collectors.  Each year of annual medals is still available.  All are serialized and if you purchase all at once you can get the same number on each piece with the first option to purchase the same number in succeeding years.
       Though Landis was first commissioned in 1984 to do a medal for "Last Chance For Ever," an organization dedicated to the rehabilitation of birds of prey, the museum continues to land contracts from them.  The first official commissioned piece of the Gallery Mint Museum was of the USS Daniel T. Griffin, a World War II destroyer escort (now known as a fast frigate) commemorating the ship's fiftieth anniversary and made for presentation to attendees of a crew's reunion.  Perhaps Ron's favorite early commissioned piece was that of ANA Governor J.T.Stanton.  This was the first time a central punch device (the portrait of Mr. Stanton) was engraved on a punch and then used on all subsequent dies.  Ron likes to think that his art work is what got J.T. elected!
       A newcomer to the coin show circuit, the Gallery Mint Museum has rapidly become a crowd favorite.  Their first appearance was at the 1992 Texas Numismatic Association show in Fort Worth, Texas under the banner of the Royal Mint.  Though they did not set up at a show again until the ANA's 105th Anniversary Convention in Denver, Colorado last year they did bring the mini screw press and traveling exhibit to Colorado Springs for the ANA's 1996 Summer Seminar.  Ron and Joe could not anticipate what was to happen.  They planned a one hour bull session beginning at 9:00 in the evening but it became a five hour marathon, the longest and best attended bull session in the history of the Summer Seminar.  During the Summer Seminar ANA President Ken Bressett presented Ron Landis with the President's Award for his contributions to education in numismatics and the creation of the 105th Anniversary Convention Exhibitor and Judges Medal.  The most recent appearances include the 1997 FUN Show in Orlando, Florida and the Greater Houston Coin Club's annual MONEY Show.  They will also appear at the always popular Mid America Show at the MECCA Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, June 26th through 29th.  For each show or special event the Museum attends a special token is created and presented to attendees free of charge.  Already there is a growing collector base of these tokens.
       Unlike the early U.S. Mint, the Gallery Mint keeps accurate and detailed records in a daily log.  Entries include the introduction of new dies, the occurrence of die cracks and breaks, the number and type of strikes from each press, completion of property improvements, arrival of new equipment, etc.  These records are being kept so that numismatists from generations to come will be able to learn from the Museum's experiences and to aid in a reference detailing the early minting process.  Also kept are ten archive sets.  In other words, when possible, the first ten strikes from each set of dies or striking peculiarities (i.e. cuds, die cracks, etc.) are retained.  Future plans are to donate these sets to museums like the Smithsonian Institution, the ANA Money Museum and others.
       Currently housed in two new buildings the Gallery Mint Museum will expand into an entire living history village depicting coinage manufacture methods from ancient Greece, Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, early American and steam powered.  The site is now 24 acres with negotiations underway to acquire an adjoining 26 acre parcel.  Plans also include demonstrations on early paper making, printing and bindery of manuscripts lavishly illustrated with hand engraved plates and bound in leather and classes on engraving and die sinking so numismatists can experience with their own hands the execution of a die.  Recently listed as a tour site by the Arkansas Department of Tourism the museum is now a highly touted visitor stop in the Eureka Springs area.  Already a target of millions of tourists annually, Eureka Springs makes for a great family vacation.  There you get all the flair of Nashville, a lot of history and more entertainment than you can indulge in a week's time including amusement parks for the kids.  And, Mom will certainly enjoy herself in the quaint shopping district located downtown where home made crafts are found in abundance.
       Souvenirs of your visit to the Gallery Mint Museum are available at extremely modest prices and you may even leave with a special souvenir or a coin you struck yourself.  At the time of my visit Ron Landis was experimenting with going to a full hubbing process for the reproductions, medals and tokens produced in larger quantities.  While discussing the problems encountered to date, Ron showed me a die for the 1795 Eagle reproduction that was heavily doubled.  Throughout the next 36 hours I persisted in attempting to have them strike me a coin with that die.  They finally relented, striking only three pieces, their first significant doubled die, before retiring (or defacing) the die.  I was able to purchase the first strike (remember it is gold so it was quite expensive) and it remains one of my favorite coins.  The other two strikes went to the archives with plans to auction one of them at a future date.  I also had the privilege of striking some of the uncirculated 1796 Quarter reproductions and I can tell you striking these pieces with that giant screw press is no easy task.  The best I was able to do was three strikes to bring up sufficient relief.  The experienced hands can do it in two.
       As you can see, the Gallery Mint Museum is attracting attention to all arenas of numismatics.  Whether you collect tokens, medals, hobo nickels, the finest reproduction coins ever, errors or art, the Gallery Mint is likely to be a great source for your collectibles for many years to come.  And, let's not overlook their mission.  Most importantly, they are a great source for numismatic education.  To find out more about the Gallery Mint Museum, how to get there or how to order products contact them at: Gallery Mint Museum, P.O.Box 706, Eureka Springs, AR 72632.

       There are a number of specifics in Mike's documentation that I didn't know previously. It is always fantastic to find an archival document like this one from Mike. Thank you for sharing this with us Mike! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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  • I Visited Gallery Mint Museum

  •    Here's a great opportunity to obtain some of the more obscure pieces of the Gallery Mint's infamous "mini-mint" series of tokens. These tokens are produced by new dies engraved by Ron Landis each time the mini-mint makes an appearance on the road. But, each year a new set of dies are prepared and used for similar tokens that read "I Visited the Gallery Mint Museum, Eureka Springs, ARK." that visitors strike and take home using the same mini-mint. This always popular item is rarely found on the after market usually only obtained upon an actual visit to GMM. Mike Ellis... Thursday, 12 February 2004 16:17:00
       You get the chance to acquire some interesting tokens this week on eBay. Mike is right on the money when he says these tokens are limited to those who visit TheGuys in Eureka Springs which means they seldom show up for sale anyplace. I believe these tokens are always a combination of the obverse die of whatever new MiniMint token Ron has created for the year with the special "I Visited" reverse die. I don't recall a case where a new obverse die was created specifically use with the "I Visited" reverse die. Something else to research when time allows... in the meantime go look at what Mike's offering on eBay. Link:Items for Sale by mikelellis. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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    OHNS President's Award Trophy
       This is the OHNS President's Award Trophy (pewter railroad spike with two hobo figures atop) that was awarded to Roger Wollam, for doing a great job the past two years as editor and mailer of BoTales, despite many personal and health hardships. Stephen P. Alpert... Sunday, 1/25/2004 2:42PM
       I want to add my heartfelt appreciation for all the work Roger did to make OHNS function for the last two years. Thanks Roger! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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  • 2004 OHNS Hobo Tokens Available

  •    This is the 2004 OHNS hobo token (silver, prooflike). Mintage was 50 silver and 50 copper. They are priced at $20 and $15, or $30 for the pair plus postage. Stephen P. Alpert... Sunday, 1/25/2004 2:42PM
       These OHNS silver and copper hobo tokens are Ron Landis' annual creations and clearly demonstrate his special touch and creativity. I am eager to see Ron's annual pair of 2004 GMM silver hobo tokens and will show them to you when I get scans of them.
       Please understand that only OHNS members can purchase these tokens but this is a small problem that is easily addressed. Regular membership in OHNS is only $15/year and Junior membership is a meer $7.50/year. These tokens are a BARGAIN even when you add the cost of membership into the purchase price and you also get OHNS's quarterly publication "BoTales" along with the right to bid in the annual OHNS auction next year at F.U.N. in Florida. Just EMail me and I'll give you the specifics of how to enlist in OHNS and how to contact our Sales Manager so you can order your tokens. You can also simply visit the OHNS website for full particulars. The website will also show you previous year's tokens that are still available for purchase. Come join us! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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    3" Bronze
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    Steven G. Adams' Engraving Tools
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    3" NickelSilver
    Carving Nickels And Engraving Works Of Art!
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    2000 Calendar Medal - 3" Bronze
       Another hobo nickel enthusiast asked to see what my hand tools look like. Since I have the scan, I thought you might like it too. Two things are missing though, a 12oz hammer for the chisels, and moldmaker stones for finishing. Steve Adams... Sunday, 1/25/2004 3:18PM
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    MKT 4-4-0 Locomotive Carving
    On a 1938-D Buffalo Nickel

       These tools are used for carving nickels and engraving other superlative works of art. They made possible fantastic creations like the dies for the two 3" medals shown above, the nickel carving here on the left and the dies for the 3" medal here on the right. I was immediately struck by how large everything is compared to the fine detail on the REALLY small nickel (at the top left in the tools scan.) Hard to believe such fine work can be done with these relatively large tools.
       The Toshiba millennium medal brings to mind the beautiful 2000 calendar medal I shared with you not long ago and am repeating again here on the right. The fellow on shoeshoes is an interesting subject. I really like all the detailed power lines and poles included on this medal. There has to be an interesting story behind this creation. Steve is a prolific and talented artist and engraver. Thank you for sharing this peek over your shoulder Steve! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
       The Toshiba New Millennium medal is from a large plaster model which was reduced, and then a die etched. It is a stock design, and the Toshiba copy was added with a pantograph for a custom look for that company. The guy with the snowshoes is from a actual size plaster model, the die was etched from it. The 2000 Calendar medal design is also reduced from a large plaster model. Steve Adams... Monday, 1/26/2004 4:55AM
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    Copper - 13.5g - 29.0mm
  • 1794 PROOF Cent Has No Stars On Reverse

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       The first completed 1794 GMM PROOF sets were struck just before the FUN2003 show in Florida and Ron delivered them to customers there at that convention. Ron also took 1794 Uncirculated sets with him to FUN2003 for sale to the general public. It wasn't long before someone pointed out that the uncirculated cents didn't have the 94 very tiny, five-point stars under the dentils on the reverse necessary to recreate the Sheldon variety S-48 large cent. Clearly this small production run had been done with the wrong cent reverse die. Ron let interested customers purchase the sets as they were, since sets previously purchased at the convention had already "escaped" GMM custody. He then sent replacement "with stars" cents to those customers who wanted them.
       All this means that somewhere out there is a very small population of "no stars" 1794 Uncirculated cents. We have no clue what reverse die was used to strike those escaped cents. It might have been the proof cent reverse and it might have been some other reverse.
       When Mike Ellis recently sold the above "no stars" cent on eBay, all of us who follow such things as minute as die varieties thought he had found one of those elusive cents. Such was not to be the case however... what he was offering was one of the 794 PROOF 1794 cents which were intentionally struck with a special die without stars on the reverse. This PROOF cent reverse die can be recognized by the partially filled zeros in the "1/100" denomiation legend (among other things of course.)
    If you have a 1794 "no-stars" reverse UNCIRCULATED cent would you PLEASE send us a high resolution scan or photograph of both sides so we can document what dies were used on these elusive pieces?
       Shown below are the LIBERTY and 1794 areas of the PROOF obverse and the two presently known Uncirculated obverses. The cent we are looking for should use one of the two latter dies all things being equal. It definitely will not have been struck with the first die which is the PROOF obverse.
       Die Identifiers: The PROOF OBV.1 has a long-tailed "7" and a high "4" in the date, the Uncirculated OBV.2 has a doubled "4" in the date and the Uncirculated OBV.3 has a doubled "E" in LIBERTY. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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    Obverse: KARASHAW H.(.A.
    Reverse: BOLSHEVIKI 1919 10 KOPEIKS
    The Only Old "3-Sided" Hobo Nickel?
       I don't really know anything about this nickel, but it seems to have potentially a lot of history behind it, if it is actually WWI Allied Expeditionary Forces related. The Vladivostock location makes it seem to be someone's joke. The name on the obverse could be the soldier's/carver's name. Anyway, there's a lot to research. Plus as best as I can recall, this is the only old "3-sided" hobo nickel I know of (obv., rev. and edge carved.) Stephen P. Alpert... Saturday, 1/24/2004 6:34PM
       This nickel carving just sold on eBay for $787. I really would have liked to have purchase this wonderful carving but there was just too much that I didn't know about it. I hate to bid in ignorance plus Steve was clearly determined to acquire this for his collection so I watched from the sidelines. An interesting carving to say the very least! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen