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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

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2005
ScrapBook Subjects
Page
Index
Links
Link...GMM Newsletter Participant Special Overstrike Auction
Link...[ Amigos de la Casa de la Moneda de Segovia ]
Link...www.BrianFanton.com
Link...[ My View for the Last Three Weeks ]
Link...The GMM Maltese Cross!
Link...Where have you been?
Link...Joseph Felton Rust ~ Nov. 6, 1956 - Feb. 7, 2005
Link...Greater Houston Coin Club's Money Show
Link...Edwin Johnston Steps Up To The Plate
Link...[ Is it next year ALREADY? ]
Enlargement scans available on WWW and ScrapBook CD-ROM. 
5/16
2005

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1792 Silver Center cent reproduction
with brass center plug
struck over a genuine Shield nickel.

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Bar Copper reproduction
struck over a genuine 1865 Two Cent piece.

GMM Newsletter Participant Special Overstrike Auction
          ( All Reproductions are Overstruck on Genuine Type Coins! )
  Hello Friends of the Gallery Mint Museum!
  I am running a special overstrike (repros over genuine coins) auction and am only telling those of you who are on our e-newsletter about it. Very few of these exist and I only let them trickle out. All are unique in their own way. To view the items and participate in the auction just click on the following link: www.hal-pc.org/~edi/gmm/newauct.htm.
  These things look extraordinary and are even better seen (when holding in person) in lesser light than our typical bright lights. They are awesome!
  I'm also looking for feedback. I have a genuine 1794 Liberty Cap large cent with lettered edge that I am considering overstriking as well. The overstrike will obliterate most of the original design on this one. However, since it is a lettered edge, the lettering on the edge will be clearly the original lettering and the bulk of it is fully intact still. If enough of you show proper interest with a minimum bid in the $200 range I will overstrike it. Let me know if you are interested in having a 1794 repro over an original 1794 with lettered edge in the $200+ range. I won't do it unless I am sure it will sell.
  Enjoy the auction!
  Also, things are going real well here at the GMM right now and some major announcements are forthcoming so stay tuned.... Thanks and enjoy! Mike Ellis... Mon 5/16/2005 10:51AM

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http://www.SegoviaMint.org” Hammer Struck Token
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Amigos de la Casa
de la Moneda de Segovia

Our hammer coining press, purchased by the Segovia Savings Bank for the FRIENDS of the Segovia Mint Association, has arrived in Segovia. It works well.
The press will be inaugurated between the two visits to the Mint (11:30 & 18:00) on June 4, 2005, in conmemoration of the 420th anniversary of the arrival of the roller-mills to Segovia from the Hall Mint, in Tyrol, Austria, the same mint that made this hammer-press for us.
The public is invited to strike their own medals. “Friends of the Segovia Mint Association.”
Glenn Murray... Sunday, 5/15/2005 4:39PM
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5/13
2005
Scan Enlargments... Pewter Obv./Rev. and Copper Obv./Rev..
Brian Fanton ANA Board Campaign Tokens

www.BrianFanton.com
Brian Fanton
   "The Gallery Mint Museum firmly endorses Brian Fanton of Hiawatha, Iowa in his bid for the ANA Board of Governors. In our effort to help him get elected we struck 'Elect Brian Fanton" tokens with the bar copper obverse die. Twelve have been struck in copper to date. More will likely be struck. Approximately 250 have been struck in pewter and they were handed out to potential voters at the recently concluded Central States Numismatic Society show in St. Louis, Missouri. Obviously the obverse was engraved by Ron Landis. However, the reverse is the work of Timothy Grat, Chief Coiner here at the Gallery Mint. It was Timothy's second completed die. One might consider the pewters as 'down metalling' which we do not do, but that is not really the case. A very similar design was made in pewter and used by the Continental Army as buttons." Mike Ellis... Thursday, 5/12/2005 2:40PM

~~~ My View for the Last Three Weeks ~~~
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It has been an intense time here in the Kansa Territories. Lotsa new “stuff”... 250GB hard drive, LightScribe CD-ROM drive, Windows XP Pro operating system and Office 2003 Pro ...all for my Desktop computer. Also a “new to me” Compaq Armada 1750 Laptop computer with the same new operating system and office software but with a DOA floppy drive and a modem which failed after three days. It is amazing how many previously established functions in my old operating system had to be recreated in my new environment. LOTS of overnights but I think I am 98% of the way there now... if my dang BroadBand Satellite downlink will just quit being so intermittent! Now to catch-up on the website maintenance that I'm so far behind on. ~ V-Dubya... 5/6/2005
3/22
2005
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2005 Greater Houston Coin Club Show MalteseCross Token

The GMM Maltese Cross!
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2004 "I visited GMM"
TeddyBear Token
   Since coming to the Gallery Mint Museum in early 2004 to work I have tried numerous times to reproduce the great little teddy bears that Ron Landis and Timothy Grat are so good at. I still don't have it down. So, I wanted to make my own creation I could replicate at will. While in Houston, Texas this January at the "Money Show of the Southwest" an idea came to me.
   I made two double clipped planchets similar to those used to make a "bowtie" clip. I then placed them on the anvil (stationary) die of the mini-mint criss-crossed one on top of the other and then went through the motion of a normal strike. What you see here is the result... The GMM Maltese Cross!
   Though I do not expect it to gain the popularity on the road as the teddy bears, I am tickled that I came up with something that Ron and Timothy really like and had not thought of. The obverse is our 2005 Doubled Die Lincoln cent stock mini-mint die and the reverse is for the 50th Anniversary of the Greater Houston Coin Club and 2005 show. Mike Ellis... Tuesday, 3/22/2005 12:15PM


2/15
2005
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7.86g   GOLD   22.9-23.6mm

Where have you been?
   In August of 2004 V-Dubya won this unique gold token on eBay... REALLY... it truly is UNIQUE! It was struck from GMM's first attempt at creating a show token die for their mini-mint. This rejected die was too large to fully strike up so Ron created a smaller version for use as their first show token.
   I paid the Seller $5 for shipping expecting insured mailing. My purchase never arrived and the Seller told me it was my fault for choosing uninsured shipping. There was only ONE shipping option... there was no "insured" option provided nor any indication that the $5 didn't include insurance. He then changed his eBay UserID to avoid refunding me my payment... something I later found out he had done several times previously. Weeks of EMail messages to everyone I could think of yielded no results. He had my money and was keeping it plain and simple!
   A couple days before Christmas a really ratty recycled book sized bubble pack showed up... it had 60 cents postage affixed. The address was virtually unreadable. Who knows where it was for so long but I hope the Seller enjoyed the $4.40 that he pocketed from the shipping fee I paid him. I no longer have his EMail address or eBay UserID so I can't tell him my opinion of his business practices and personal integrity.
   Needless to say... I am "pickeled tink" to FINALLY have this fantastic GMM gold token in my hands. EMail...Verne R. Walrafen
   Postscript: Check out our previous August 13, 2004, SBsubject "Not The Usual Hyperbole" for further details about this COOL token.


2/7
2005

Joseph Felton Rust ~ Nov. 6, 1956 - Feb. 7, 2005
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   The world has lost a great visionary with a big heart with the recent passing of Joe Rust. A friend and inspiration to many, Joe brought many smiles and good feelings through his sincere approach to music, and was much admired in the numismatic field for the mechanical genius he was.
   Born in Germany, he grew up in the Colorado Springs area where he learned to be a machinist at a local trade college. He also provided rock solid bass lines and heart felt vocals to several rock and blues bands including Phantom, Monty Montana Band, and the Lazy Alien Blues Band.
   He later traveled on the Renaissance Festival circuit selling ceramics and building booths for a Colorado based pottery. In 1989, he met mandolinist-engraver Ron Landis through a casual jam session. Joe and Ron later teamed up as a musical duo called "The Doe Brothers" and moved to Eureka Springs, Arkansas with the dream of building a museum of coin making technology called the Gallery Mint Museum. Together with Ron Landis and bassist Chuck Onofrio, he has played many benefit concerts, weddings and music venues in the Eureka Springs area and has opened for many big name performers over the many years he played.
   Joe Rust had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, and could build or fix just about anything. He shared his many skills with any and all who asked, and did so on an ongoing basis. His last project was a campground and RV park he had built over the past year which he planned to open this spring.
   His accomplishments are too numerous to mention, but Joe was a legend amongst coin collectors for the fine work he did building and restoring antique style minting equipment, most notably the recent restoration of the first U.S. steam powered coining press that was put into operation in 1836 at the Philadelphia Mint. He has also received the President's Award from the American Numismatic Association for his outstanding achievements.
   Joe loved his family dearly and organized an annual family reunion and jam session he dubbed the "Lobster Fest". Joe is survived by his mother, Mary Jane Rust, father, Carl Rust, daughter, Jennifer Alexander, and brothers Carl, Mike, Paul and Marty as well as his sister, Annie Crandall.
   Joe Rust was the victim of severe depression that plagued his life off and on for many years. His final wish was that his dream of building the mint museum be brought to fruition. His body was cremated, and some of his ashes will be spread on the land he loved so well.
   Farewell, friend. - Ron Landis


2/5
2005
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Greater Houston Coin Club's Money Show
   Edwin Johnson EMailed me the above scans while he was in Texas at the convention and when he got home he created three excellent webpages as follows... Gallery Mint Museum attends the 2005 Money Show of the Southwest ...Booth Foto Album, Hand-hammered Coins Foto Album and Coin Show Report.
   Just before TheGuys went to Texas themselves Mike Ellis EMailed me the scans below of some of their most recent creations. Ron has clearly been spending long hours at his engraving bench as of late. We all appreciate your labors Ron! ~
EMail...Verne R. Walrafen

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1/28
2005
Click on any row to visit Edwin's related webpage.
Click to visit Edwin's GMM Pages.
1792 Limited Edition Gallery Mint Museum creations

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Some currently available Gallery Mint Museum creations

Click to visit Edwin's GMM Pages.
Updated list of 1792 limited editions & new products

Edwin Johnston Steps Up To The Plate
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Edwin'sCoinCabinet
   V-Dubya has been remiss as of late and our ScrapBook definitely shows my lack of attention. Edwin Johnston has been filling the vacuum that I've left with some super GMM webpages of his own creation... check out Edwin's links in the photograph posted above and those in the SBsubject immediately below this one. Edwin just EMailed me from a Houston Convention where he is visiting with TheGuys. He even sent me some great scans of recent GMM products and I'll make every effort to show those new creations to you soon. In the meantime I gotta go shovel some more snow... I sure don't like winter! ~ EMail...Verne R. Walrafen

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Is it next year ALREADY?
   I have been so focused on expanding the Original Hobo Nickel Society website that this ScrapBook has simply been ignored... sorry about that! There has been a lot going on at the Gallery Mint and among the GMM collector community the last few months. Edwin Johnston has been diligently constructing Edwin's Gallery Mint Museum Pages and has just posted a wonderful set of webpages covering the GMM MiniMint Pewter Tokens. An exceptionally well done resource by a MAJOR GMM fan. Perhaps it is time to pass the batton to another student of the world of Landis/GMM creations.
   I just have to share Ed's "Disclaimer" with you here... it is SO COOL! "The author will not be held responsible for confusing facts with folklore, or other such nonsense, and furthermore, makes no claims of personal professional knowledge of any sort, on any topic. In almost any case, the author is likely completely mistaken about anything you see or read here, whether by his own ineptitude, or by being grossly misled by others. In the end, the only thing that the author is really concerned about at all is that his mother loves him."
   Shown here are the new Landis/Wiseman OHNS membership medals that TheGuys have just struck and are having engraved this week (1/12/2005) for shipment to Florida in time for the FUN convention this weekend. They are striking the 2005 Annual OHNS Hobo Tokens for the convention also. LOTS of new stuff that needs posted either here on the OHNS website. I'll make a REAL effort to spend some time on the ScrapBook this year. Good intentions and all that... surely I can pull this off. I am spreading myself awfully thin and doing lots of "overnights." Wish me luck! ~ EMail...Verne R. Walrafen