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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

ScrapBook Subjects
Link: Mercury - Messenger Of The Gods
Link: 1986 Minnesota Renaissance Festival Medal
Link: 1999 "Milwaukee 65th Annual Coin Show" Tokens
Link: "Bromwell" Cent Error Investigation
Link: 1994 "Eureka Springs Arkansas" Medal
Link: Momentarily Unique 1995 Annual GMM Medal
Link: Asklepios Medical Coin Dug Up
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Hot Struck on a 28mm by 32mm Brass Planchet

  • Mercury - Messenger Of The Gods
       Here are two superlative demonstration pieces struck during a Renaissance Festival sometime in the 1980's. The obverse die has the legend MERCURY and the reverse die has the legend MESSENGER OF THE GODS. How do you put a value on masterpieces such as these? I reckon beauty in in the eye of the beholder. Of course it helps to know what it is you are looking at. Otherwise these are just two odd little lumps of metal.
       I don't know if anyone else out here in hyperspace gets as much pleasure from seeing examples of Ron Landis' talent as I do since I get minimal feedback on these small efforts. I'll just keep plugging away doing "my thing" until I run out of space on my computer. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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Hot Struck on a 30mm by 35mm Copper Planchet

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Obverse Die Trial Strike

  • 1986 Minnesota Renaissance Festival Medal
       The really cool thing about digging through Ron's RenFest box is that he tossed anything he didn't consider saleable into it and this included the trial strikes he produced while creating his medal dies. They sneak up on a guy and only reveal themselves with careful study.
       I didn't know I had the above trial strike (note the missing 1986 date) until I was placing my purchases in holders and describing each piece for my inventory. As was his habit, Ron used a previously created die of the proper size (apparently selected at random) for a reverse die for this trial strike.
       Ron created a series of RenFest medals from 1982-1992 which I haven't shown you yet since I don't have good examples of all the pieces. This medal is not one of that series but is one of a handful of special medals he created for specific celebrations and businesses. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
       The renfest dies are not made of hardened steel. They are made exclusively for HOT striking. This only works with leaded brass and PURE silver. The press originally set up for this process is broken, and I do not feel a great urge to resurrect these old designs and techniques by setting up a new press for this. The medals are out there in brass and silver, dated from 1982-1992. During this time, I ended up doing all kinds of die combinations from year to year but never recorded them on paper or by a collection. I always thought of these to be novelty items and never found it necessary to do extensive numismatic cataloging. Remember, at the time I was just a road dog trying to scrape a few bucks together to get to the next show. Ron Landis...Sun, 26 Nov 2000 12:04:54
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Regular Issue 32mm Medal With Correct Reverse

22mm Pewter and 23mm Copper Milwaukee Tokens

  • 1999 "Milwaukee 65th Annual Coin Show" Tokens
       I knew about the IndianHead Milwaukee Show token and showed it to you on Page13 in subject High Relief MercuryHead and IndianHead dies. During my last trip to Eureka Springs I asked after any additional high relief MercuryHead die pieces which you know I am greatly impressed with.
       WOW...who knew? Three different metal strikes of the requested MercuryHead obverse die paired with the Milwaukee Show token reverse die. These pieces were not made to order for me...GMM records indicate they struck 100 pewter, 50 copper and 20 silver MercuryHead tokens for the show. So...overall this is an exceptionally rare set of tokens. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
22.5-23.5mm Silver and 24mm Silver Milwaukee Tokens

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1793 Chain Cent Pewter Trial Strike

  • "Bromwell" Cent Error Investigation
       This 1793 Chain Cent trial strike is on super thin pewter and clearly never had any more that the slightest shadow of the dies impressed upon it when originally struck.
       The pewter piece was an early part of an experiment to figure out how the "Bromwell" cent was made (a very rare kind of error on Lincoln cent.) I ended up reproducing the error on a Lincoln cent over NJ copper which was published in Coin World some years back. Ron Landis...Thu, 16 Nov 2000 10:31:34
    Can somebody please explain all this to us ...AND... perhaps
    even provide us a copy of the Coin World article Ron refers to?

       I REALLY need help on this one folks! I haven't a clue what a Bromwell cent error is or looks like. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

     Copper Medal    Press Adjustment Piece    On GMM Dollar Planchet

  • 1994 "Eureka Springs Arkansas" Medal
       When Joe showed me a coinage press that he was repairing, I noted he was using a set of Eureka Springs medal dies that I had never seen before. He was striking pewter planchets to check the press for proper adjustment/alignment. When he struck this pewter piece the press wasn't working properly yet. I asked Ron for the piece the next day before I left.
       Noting my interest, Joe had a strike in silver created for me. Timothy couldn't find the "proper sized" silver planchet on such quick notice so he used a GMM dollar planchet for this SUPER silver specimen. I like it better than a "proper" planchet anyway.
       Finally, I found this COOL copper medal in the RenFest box...astounding what a fella can run across in Ron's miscellanea. Ron told me he had created the medals for the local Eureka Springs merchants to peddle to the tourists. I got the impression that the medal never was eagerly sought after so these pieces may not be easy to find. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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1995 Annual GMM 1.5oz Medal
Overstruck With 2000 Hobo Token
  • Momentarily Unique 1995 Annual GMM Medal
       Hey...a qualifier on "unique" that isn't an oxymoron. I'd guess that this stunning creation even has a chance of staying unique. There were only 500 Annual Medals made in 1995 and the 2000 Hobo Token dies will close before too long. Not only that...but very few collectors will have a spare 1995 Annual Medal to use as a host to create this beautiful piece. If you have any similar pi鑓es de caprice PLEASE let me know about it so I can share it with other collectors/students of GMM/Landis creations. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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Fort Bragg, NC - 257th Medical Company
55th Medical Group - 44th Medical Brigade

  • Asklepios Medical Coin Dug Up
       It took a lot of digging (figuratively not literally) to come up with this piece and I sure was suprised when I finally saw it. It is much more substantial than I was expecting from the scans I had seen. It is 25-26mm in diameter (larger than a 24.3mm US quarter dollar and smaller than a 30.6mm US half dollar) and 3mm thick...a HEAVY piece with roughly half a troy ounce of silver in it.
       The front of the coin shows the Greek god of medicine. As穋le穚i穟s noun. Greek Mythology. Apollo's son, the god of medicine. Asklepios is holding a medicine bowl in one hand and a staff and serpent, a universal medical symbol, in the other. Asklepios' name and "By permission of the 44th" circle the image. The back of the coin is struck with the Arabic number 55, representing the 55th Med. Group, surrounded by a wreath and "Novus Medicus," meaning new medic. The Roman numeral CCLVII beneath the wreath represents the 257th Med. Company, the unit that made the coins.
       We struck about 320 coins. Each planchet took a minimum of 40 hammer strikes to form from the cast 'button.' The metal was just pure silver casting grain that I obtained from Rio Grand Supply. About 0.6oz in each planchet. We used on average in excess of 0.7oz per coin. Either 'splash' during the button casting or other loss reduced our 'yield.'
       The bulk of them went to soldiers in the 55th Medical Group who offset the expense of the project by purchasing a coin for their own enjoyment. Coins also were given to the soldiers who assisted with the project. The commander of the 55th received a plaque showing the stages of minting and three completed coins as his change of command gift from his subordinate units and soldiers. Later he purchased a number of the coins so he could present them to others. Finally, a small number were presented to official individuals (including past commanders of the 257th, several general officers, and local Fort Bragg commanders and senior NCO's who supported the 257th/55th in one way or another.)
       The pieces could have been used as challenge coins but I suspect they were really treated as collectables even by soldiers who were not collectors at heart and not carried by soldiers in a challenge mode.
       When we started this project I had fairly ambitious plans and envisioned making 500-800 coins. Turns out that the work involved in hand making planchets was significant. Also, there is a limit to the amount of time soldiers (myself included) have available for non-duty projects. All the work was done on personal/non-duty time. The commander who directly succeeded me at the 257th was not as interested in continuing the project as I would have wished.
       I have the dies in my safe deposit box. It ended up being my personal funds that paid for them. I didn't want the project to go in the red, so I covered the cost of the dies out of my personal checkbook. Terrence S. Murphy...Mon, 23 Oct 2000 20:06:03

       Additional information on this outstanding piece is provided on Page7 in the SBsubject "Making Coins the Hard Way". EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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