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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: Not The Usual Hyperbole
Link: Community First Bank
Link: 2004 ANA Summer Seminar
Link: [ Dear Friends: ]
Link: The Grat Brothers Try Nickel Carving
Link: [ Lieutenant George E. Dixon's Gold Coin ]
Link: A Substantial Amount
Link: A Copper Con$ept Cent
Link: Whaddya think??
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Not The Usual Hyperbole
   This solid gold coin was created as a gift for the producer of The Collectors' Jubilee, a national collectible show in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1996. It was created by the now famous Gallery Mint and is in Proof condition. Yes there was only ONE produced. This is 1/1. VERY RARE. jaxg2022... Thursday Aug-05-04 2:39:36PM
   As if it weren't enough that this wonderful token is unique and that it was struck in gold... what is REALLY special is that; 1) it is from TheGuy's FIRST attempt at creating Show Tokens, which has now become a long standing GMM tradition, and 2) it isn't from their FIRST 20mm show token dies but rather is from their initial failed attempt at creating 25mm dies which it turned out were too large for the mini-mints to be able to strike fully struck-up specimens. The dies used for this specimen were never used to strike any regular production tokens! I have seen only trial strikes, presentation specimens, from these rejected dies. This has been discussed previously in SBsubject Link:GMM Mobile Mini-Mint Debut At 1996 Collectors' Jubilee In Tulsa.
   One always worries about bidding on gold tokens on eBay... what happens if it really is just a gold plated normal pewter token? ...but in this case there really weren't any "normal" tokens floating around for such nefarious schemes.
   Finally... I know the reflectivity and color of the above scan is quite poor. While the reflectivity was the Seller's problem, the color shift is something that happens in my graphics software that I try and adjust for but sometimes fail miserably. So... if you are viewing this from a ScrapBook CD-ROM are the Seller's original scans: Link:obverse and Link:reverse.
   Postscript: TheGuys always call their show tokens 20mm pieces. It has been my experience that the final tokens are generally around 21mm in diameter because their pewter planchets are so soft they spread considerably. The second session ANA token planchets must have started out somewhere around 23mm I suspect. The planchet for this Jubilee token purportedly started out around 25mm... I will measure the actual token when I get my hands on it. One should keep in mind that any measurements provided are "relative terms," examples if you will, to give one a feel for the general size of the tokens in an issue and that tokens you encounter will certainly vary in diameter from specimen to specimen depending on striking pressures. ~ EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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Pewter   Lettered edge   21.1-21.8mm

Community First Bank
   On Thursday, June 24, 2004 the Community First Bank of Eureka Springs, AR held a grand opening for their new bank building in Eureka Springs. Though they were first established in 1998 with an office in Berryville, AR as well, they had been operating out of a fortified double wide mobile home here in Eureka Springs. Since we are one of their principal accounts, they are well aware of what we do. So, arrangements were made to set up the mini-mint from 6:00 to 9:00 PM CST to strike these tokens for guests DURING the grand opening open house. The reverse design is the logo of the bank with the central device being an acorn. Approximately 1,000 were struck with all but about 6 or 7 going to local citizens! Once the wine and cheese ran out inside, the party moved outside. I guarantee you it was the largest tail gate party I ever saw at a bank grand opening - especially for a town with an "official" population of 2,278 people! I am sure half the locals were there that night! The next morning Ron and I set out for the ANA's annual summer seminar in Colorado Springs and I haven't slowed down yet! Mike Ellis... Thursday 8/12/2004 3:30PM
   Here is ANOTHER obscure GMM token that has been dispersed to the winds and is mostly in the hands of non-collectors. This one is certain to be a "key" in your GMM token collection. The recently offered specimen on eBay went for $11.37... quite a bit for a newly issued token but most certainly a bargain when viewed from the advantage of historical perspective. ~ EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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2004 ANA Summer Seminar
   A highlight at every session is the "Creative Errors" Evening Mini-Seminar put on by the Gallery Mint folks... Ron Landis and Mike Ellis. Here you see (right to left) Richard Long, Ralf Bopple and me watching Mike melt pewter to make strips for planchets. GMM had specially created dies made for this seminar.
   It turned out that a young attendee was quite unreasonable and monopolized the screw press much of the time. I finally just gave up and sat back in frustration. I made special arrangements to get a few pieces struck later but we found that the roller-mill had shelled out its gears which put an end to that idea.
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  Pewter   Reeded edge   23.9-24.1mm
   The ANA commissioned us to make souvenir dies for striking tokens in the ANA Museum with the press that resides on the lower level. Those dies were used to strike tokens at the 2004 ANA Summer Seminar, using the previously prepared larger reeded-edge pewter planchets. Our rolling mill was down and I had spent all day Friday casting pewter bars to send back home to be rolled and they had not yet been returned. This was a joint decision made by Gail Baker, Ron Landis and myself so that those who signed up for the "Creative Errors" mini-seminar the second week would not have to be disappointed. The mini-seminar was Tuesday night and the new pewter strip for the standard Summer Seminar token dies arrived on Wednesday morning! Mike Ellis... Friday, 30 July 2004 8:21AM
   Those folks got some really unique tokens... you just had to be in the right place at the right time I reckon. The capped obverse die specimen on the left was a "left behind" piece and the only one that Mike Ellis ended up with back in Arkansas. The dies are in Colorado Springs so these tokens aren't available from TheGuys. John Veach, who attended the second mini-seminar, generously shared the token on the right with V-Dubya. Thanks John!
   If you are interested in a more detailed narrative, "The Rest Of The Story" as it were, then check out my article: 2004 ANA Summer Seminar ~ EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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Dear Friends:
   Today we placed on line the new portal for the Segovia Mint web sites. With the same direction as always you can now visit all three websites about the Segovia Mint and numismatics:
   1. The Royal Segovia Mint Foundation. -(completely new!)
   2. Friends of the Segovia Mint Association. -(mostly unchanged)
   3. EuroMint, itinerary of European Mints. -(mostly unchanged)
   Some parts of the new web are still under construction, notably the English version of the Foundation section. (If you click "espa駉l" you can see the graphics and format which will also be in the English version).
   We invite your comments and suggestions as to how we can keep improving the web site. ~ Glenn Murray, Technical Director, Royal Segovia Mint Foundation... Wednesday, 28 July 2004 3:41PM
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Death'sHead -by Tony Grat                           Pirate -by Timothy Grat  

The Grat Brothers Try Nickel Carving
   Many of us have given serious consideration to carving nickels but few actually make the attempt. Timothy Grat is the Chief Coiner at GMM and Tony Grat is his brother who helps out around GMM as demands dictate.
   Tony used one of Ron's silver annual hobo tokens for his Death'sHead carving and Timothy used a recent Jefferson nickel for his Pirate carving. Regardless of your opinion of these two carvings... I figure EVERY nickel carver had to start somewhere. I assert that it isn't a crime to do a crude carving... only to make no attempt to carve up to one's actual capability or to make no effort to improve as experience is gained. Excuse me... I gotta crawl down off my soapbox now!
   When Tony saw these two Grat carvings posted he sent me a scan of his second nickel carving... a self-portrait. This is a definite improvement over his first effort as I'm certain you'll agree. He can't keep improving at this rate or he will go off the charts. This time he left the LIBERTY and the date intact and used a Buffalo nickel as a host coin. Bravo Zulu Tony! ~ EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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Self Portrait -by Tony Grat

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Mike Ellis' "COPY" of the infamous "Hunley Double Eagle"

Lieutenant George E. Dixon's Gold Coin
   I have no idea who, when, where or why this "COPY" was created but I first saw it at the GNA Show in the exhibits and fell in love with it. I paid a pretty penny for it (it is only gold filled or plated) but it was during the YN Auction at the ANA Summer Seminar and the money went to a great cause. But dang it, I LOVE this thing and the story it tells! ~ Mike Ellis... Wednesday, 28 July 2004 12:48PM

Confederate submarine H.L.Hunley

Enlargements available on both WWW and ScrapBook CD-ROM    Gold Coin Found on H.L.Hunley... The Friends of the Hunley announced on 24 May that Lieutenant George E. Dixon's gold coin was found inside H.L.Hunley on May 23, 2001. Dr. Robert Neyland, the Project Director and Head, Underwater Archaeology Branch of the Naval Historical Center, said, "the coin was found by Dixon's remains and in the middle of some textiles, possibly he kept it in his pants pocket."
   According to the story, Lieutenant Dixon's sweetheart, Queenie Bennett gave him a 20-dollar United States gold piece for luck, which he kept with him in his pants pocket. On 6 April 1862, at the Battle of Shiloh, Lieutenant Dixon was shot in the leg. Fortunately for Dixon, the story goes, the bullet struck the coin and stopped. When the coin was recovered, it was found to be bent, true to the story that it had saved Lieutenant Dixon's leg and life. It was told that Dixon always kept that lucky coin with him and it now appears that he truly did. "The presence of the coin absolutely confirms the identity of Lieutenant George E. Dixon. It removes all doubt, and also speaks of his character and faith," said Warren Lasch, Chairman of Friends of the Hunley. "Part of the Hunley's excavation was to separate fact from fable. The discovery of the coin and its inscription is like discovering Cinderella's glass slipper," said Senator Glenn McConnell, Chairman of the Hunley Commission.
   The coin was minted in 1860. Lady Liberty appears on the obverse, the side on which the bullet hit. On the reverse are the Federal shield and eagle symbol. That side appears to have been sanded and has an inscription in cursive script that reads, in four lines, Shiloh / April 6th 1862 / My life Preserver / G.E.D. [Lt. Dixon's initials].
   The coin has been removed from the Warren Lasch Conservation Center and is now in a secured location. ~ Department of the Navy Press Release... Naval Historical Center, 805 Kidder Breese SE, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, DC 20374-5060, Tuesday, 29 May 2001

   Lead Found on Gold Coin and on Dixon's Leg... It was a legend almost too fanciful and romantic for anyone to believe: that a gold coin once saved the life of the Hunley's captain on a Civil War battlefield. But now there is evidence proving that, sometimes, legends are true.
   Scientists studying the remains of the Confederate submarine's crew say that Lt. George Dixon's left femur has a nasty dent in it that was almost certainly made when a Union bullet hit a $20 gold piece in his pants pocket at the battle of Shiloh.
   Maria Jacobsen, chief archaeologist on the Hunley project, says that if not for the coin, Dixon likely would have been crippled or could have died. "If that coin had not been there, there is no doubt there would have been severe damage to his leg. It probably would have shattered his femur," Jacobsen said Tuesday. "Without the coin, the man probably would not have walked again." Dixon was lucky, Jacobsen said, that the impact didn't burst a major artery, which could have killed him.
   The story of Dixon's incredible luck, made almost cartoon-simple through the years, was discovered in a letter written by an officer in his company, the 21st Alabama. Dixon, the letter said, was shot in the leg in the early morning while fighting at Shiloh, Tenn., on April 6, 1862, but that a gold piece deflected the bullet, saving his life.
   The gold piece was supposedly a gift from his sweetheart, Queenie Bennett of Mobile, Ala., and after that day, he carried it everywhere. Scientists were skeptical until May 2001 when Jacobsen pulled a warped gold coin out of the sediment that filled the Hunley. On the coin was an inscription: "Shiloh / April 6th, 1862 / My life Preserver / G.E.D."
   Experts with the State Law Enforcement Division have since determined that the black marks on the face of coin are lead streaks, which would support the story. Minie balls were made of lead. Now, Jacobsen said, ballistics experts will examine the bone, which CT scans show has "radio-dense" particles imbedded in it. Those particles could be lead fragments from the minie ball that hit the coin.
   The injury, discovered during an examination by Smithsonian Institution forensic scientist Dr. Doug Owsley, is on the upper part of the femur, where Dixon's thigh and left hip met. It was most likely, Jacobsen said, an ugly wound. The coin may have imbedded in his flesh or, at least, left a horrible bruise.
   Warren Lasch, chairman of Friends of the Hunley, said Owsley will continue his examination of Dixon next month and, by looking at his knees, ankles and toe joints, may be able to tell if he still walked with a limp when he and the crew of the Hunley sank the USS Housatonic on Feb. 17, 1864. Lasch said the discovery proves the legend. "There's no doubt that the gold coin saved Lt. George Dixon's life on that battlefield at Shiloh," Lasch said. ~ Brian Hicks... of The Post and Courier Staff, Wednesday, 28 August 2002

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   Real: The scans available of the original gold piece are from different sources and are not uniform in color as you can see. If I should find a pair of scans from a single source I'll replace those provided here. If you are viewing this webpage from a GMM ScrapBook CD-ROM then here is a Link:SUPER HIGH RESOLUTION image of the engraved side of the "real" specimen.
   Copy: The only reproduction I was aware of previous to the one Mike purchased is shown here. The Patriot's Point Maritime Museum, state funded and supported through tax dollars, was selling replicas of the coin, found on the Confederate submarine THE CSS H.L.Hunley, for $9.95 with the profits going to the state. Clearly Mike's example is MUCH MORE accurate... it is even bent to mimic the original specimen. Enlargements available on both WWW and ScrapBook CD-ROM
   Links: Here is a great National Geographic article... Link: Hunley Findings Put Faces on Civil War Submarine Crew - Willie Drye - for National Geographic News - Updated April 12, 2004. An additional interesting resource is this expanding index of Link:Friends of the Hunley Press Releases.
   Exhibit: And finally... shown here is the "The Hunley Coin Exhibit" sign at the Shilo 140th Anniversary Battle Reenactment, April 5-7, 2002, Hwy.57, Michie, TN. ~ EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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A Substantial Amount
   Coin is a 2000 Liberty head pattern coin when the US mint was looking for designs for the Sacagawea dollar. This coin was privately minted by the US Gallery Mint. The reverse pattern was the reverse finalists for the new design. The obverse is the classic Lady Liberty design. Coin is graded by PCI MS69. Coin is flawless. Only 2500 pieces were minted. A very rare coin. ~ romulous77 Friday, 16 July 2004 05:36:42AM
   This Seller listed a pair of GMM's 2000 Con$ept Piedfort strikes but there is no reason to show you the description of the StatueOfLiberty specimen because it is virtually identical in wording. What makes this particular offering interesting is that this pair sold for $542.50, ($385+$157.50), which I felt was certainly a substantial amount. I am not familiar with all the slabs from the various grading companies but the limited scans don't clearly identify these as PCI slabs. My initial impression was that these were the sort of generic slab type holders available directly to the collector. I reckon all this isn't important... it is the coins themselves that this is all about. ~ EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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A Copper Con$ept Cent
   The copper piece is actually a USA Type 2 copper plated zinc cent planchet. I thought it was a normal Choice BU copper cent planchet when I sent it off to Arkansas, but when struck and returned it became evident it was zinc. So it's a Con$ept Cent strike with a full reverse brockage by a real, same era silver 1oz dollar. I only had one struck like this. So maybe it's unique. ~ Lindy Stone... Sunday, July 25, 2004 7:34AM
19.0   20.8   22.4   mm
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27.2   27.2   28.6   28.7   mm

   I didn't expect a US cent planchet to capture so much of the design from the Con$ept die... I estimate it covered roughly 85% of the die area ...when the planchet itself started out at 19.0mm which is 66% of a 28.7mm Con$ept planchet. Shown here on the right, to scale both in diameter and thickness, is a representation of a stack of seven planchets; 1) 19.0mm modern US cent, 2) 20.8mm 1793 HalfCent, 3) 22.4mm 1796 HalfCent, 4) 27.2mm 1793 Cent, 5) 27.2mm 1796 Cent, 6) 28.6mm 1787 Fugio Cent and 7) 28.7mm 1995 Con$ept.
   How does it go? "Something old, something new..." It is really nice to see something "new" struck from the 1995 Con$ept dies. Speaking of something "new"... I've been told that there is a 1995 Con$ept specimen struck on one of Ron's old "Royal Mint" medal brass planchets. I've also been told that this trial strike resulted in cracks around the edge of the specimen due to the unsuitability of the planchet for the purpose. Now THAT would definitely be something really COOL to see! ~ EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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Whaddya think??
   A month or more ago, I bought a 1793 Wreath 1c from Mike Ellis with a small clip. Turns out this piece is much more interesting than that... right next to extraordinary! It has taken me a while to look at it, but I've found that this piece has many GREAT errors, each one by itself is really neat. FIRST, it is struck with the 'High 9" obverse and shows no sign of doubling on the lettering or devices, unlike the other two I am aware of. SECOND, it exhibits a small clip at about 1:00. THIRD, it shows significant strike doubling, with some flattened dentils from the first strike visible in the fields on the right obv and rev. FOURTH, and the most unusual, it exhibits an incomplete punch on the obv and rev! This is the result of the device used for punching out blanks from the coin strip being improperly adjusted, and the punch was not deep enough to completely punch out the blank, leaving a large punch shaped dent in the strip. The punch was adjusted, the strip was moved slightly, then repunched, with part of the previous incomplete punch overlapping the new blank. When the blank was struck, the incomplete punch mark was still visible under the strike. This is very rare in regular coinage, and I have never heard of it with GMM products. Regular coinage use gang punches, with dozens of blanks punched simultaneously, making it possible for dozens of this type of error to exist when this happens, but the GMM blanks are punched out one at a time, so this error would be even rarer!
   Whew! Glad I got that over with! Now to something else about this piece. The first specimen of this obverse in my collection shows significant design doubling, probably ejection doubling. This piece does not show that. It exhibits a fairly clear example of the date and I'm inclined to think it might be a hand carved date instead of a punched date. Whaddya think?? ~ Clifford D. Bolling... Saturday, June 26, 2004 11:28AM

   Well my friend... first I think you were most fortunate to acquire such a wonderful and rare example of a GMM Wreath Cent. This is one of my favorite obverse dies... perhaps because I looked for an example for such a LONG TIME! Only Ron Landis could state definitively whether or not he hand cut the date on this die. I don't know if this was a rejected die that only a few test strikes survived from or if it was a "end of issue" replacement die generated to finish out the wreath cent issue. It sorta feels like the former rather than the latter since specimens appear to be exceptionally rare and I don't recall specimens struck from of a broken "work horse" (low 93 in date) die.
   I also think that the incomplete punch cut into the planchet and then "healed" by the striking pressure is definitely COOL! I likely went overboard here but below for your edification is a "close-up" clip showing that error. ~ EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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