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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
95 ''All Aboard'' Engine OHNS on Copper
2001
ScrapBook Subjects
Page
Index
Links
Link: Too Numerous To Count
Link: Western Reserve Numismatic Club Counterstamps
Link: Be All That You Can Be
Link: Carved Masterpieces By Ron Landis
Link: Additional Electrically Toned Creations
Link: To Tone or Not To Tone...
Link: Four Brockage Cent Pairs
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6/30

  • Too Numerous To Count
       We could be talking about the Walleye and Northern Pike caught on our June2001 fishing trip to Ontario... because we had our best trip EVER this time. One day three of us in a single boat caught over 60 four to five pound Northern Pike in just a few hours. We were so tired it was a real effort to drag ourselves the 100 yards or so uphill to the waiting truck. What a blast! However... I am really referring to the recent spate of GMM small dollar related specimens to arrive on eBay. Feast your eyes on these gems my friends...

   2000 Concept Dollar PATTERN with SIGNED Flip Insert: one of the 2000-dated Concept Dollars designed by Ron Landis of the Gallery Mint Museum. This piece is unusual in that, rather than being struck on a Piedfort (double thick) Brass planchet, it is struck on a "normal" thickness planchet, as the circulating coins were to be. The really interesting and unique aspect of this piece is the insert which comes with the coin. On the face, it refers to the fact that these pieces (normal thickness) were "Produced for members of The United States Senate for informational purposes." The reverse side of the insert, in addition to bearing the Blue Gallery Mint Museum stamp (denoting a piece struck in Brass) is signed by ALL of the employees of the Gallery Mint Museum at that time (Cathy Cunningham, Timothy Grat, Sonny Carpenter, Ron Landis, Adam Hardcastle, Joe Rust, and Asa Chipoulas). A UNIQUE piece of HISTORY! The obverse of this piece is a rendition of the Statue of Liberty. LIBERTY is inscribed above the figure, and the motto IN GOD WE TRUST appears to the left, with the date, 2000, to the right. The reverse has an eagle on a rocky crag inscribed with the word PEACE, with the sun rising in the background. The legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA appears at the top, with the motto E PLURIBUS UNUM below it, and the pseudo-denomination ONE CONCEPT (Ron Landis' concept of how a small sized dollar coin might look). Absolutely gorgeous Uncirculated. Mark Honea...Jun-24-01 14:38:40





   1793 Cent Mated Pair BROCKAGE STRIKE: a pair of 2000 Flowing Hair Concept dollars, one on a regular thickness planchet, and one on a piedfort (double thick) planchet (both Brass). The Concept Dollars were then placed face to face and struck between the dies for a 1793 Liberty Cap Large Cent (reference Sheldon 13). This is an incredibly visual piece, with a whole lot going on! The piece is Uncirculated, and starting to tone a little bit on both halves. Mark Honea...Jun-10-01 15:18:54

   2000 Concept Dollar OFF-METAL in COPPER: one of the 2000-dated Concept Dollars designed by Ron Landis of the Gallery Mint Museum. This piece is unusual in that, rather than being struck on a Piedfort (double thick) Brass planchet, it is struck on a piedfort planchet of pure Copper. The obverse of this piece is a rendition of the Statue of Liberty. LIBERTY is inscribed above the figure, and the motto IN GOD WE TRUST appears to the left, with the date, 2000, to the right. The reverse has an eagle on a rocky crag inscribed with the word PEACE, with the sun rising in the background. The legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA appears at the top, with the motto E PLURIBUS UNUM below it, and the pseudo-denomination ONE CONCEPT (Ron Landis' concept of how a small sized dollar coin might look). Absolutely gorgeous Red Uncirculated. Mark Honea...Jun-24-01 14:42:18

   2000 Concept Dollar DIE TRIAL or CUSTOM ERROR: one of the 2000-dated issues of "Concept Dollars" produced by Ron Landis and the Gallery Mint Museum as a candidate for the new small dollar coin, destined to replace the Susan B. Anthony dollar. This is Ron's Statue of Liberty obverse, with a lovely Eagle on the reverse. What is unique about this coin is that it is struck over one of the Gallery Mint's COPIES of a 1796 Liberty Cap with Pole Half Cent (reference Cohen 2). Gorgeous full Red Uncirculated. Mark Honea...Jun-10-01 15:50:27

   1995 Concept Dollar DIE TRIAL in COPPER: one of the first issue of "Concept Dollars" produced by Ron Landis and the Gallery Mint Museum when it was first announced that the Government might be considering producing another small dollar coin, similar to the Susan B. Anthony dollar. This is Ron's bust of Liberty based on the Statue of Liberty, and a lovely Eagle on the reverse. What is unique about this coin is that, rather than being struck on a Brass planchet with the motto IN GOD WE TRUST on the edge, this piece was struck on the same pure Copper planchets used by the Gallery Mint Museum for their copies of 1793 Chain and Wreath cents, complete with the "Vine and Bar" edge device. Gorgeous full Red Prooflike Uncirculated. Mark Honea...Jun-10-01 15:44:02

   1995 Concept Dollar IGWT PATTERN in COPPER: one of the first renditions by Ron Landis of the Gallery Mint Museum of a suggested design for a new dollar coin. These were produced with a date of 1995, and were originally struck in Brass. This piece is unusual in that it is struck on a pure Copper planchet. The obverse is a portrait of Lady Liberty with flowing hair and a spiked crown, loosely based on the Statue of Liberty. LIBERTY is inscribed on the headband of the crown, and the motto IN GOD WE TRUST appears behind the portrait. The reverse has an eagle on a rocky crag, with the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, and the pseudo-denomination ONE CONCEPT (Ron Landis' concept of how a small sized dollar coin might look). The edge of this pattern is lettered with the mottoes IN GOD WE TRUST and E PLURIBUS UNUM. Absolutely gorgeous Prooflike Red Uncirculated. Mark Honea...Jun-24-01 14:20:49
   The flurry is over for the moment and here are the prices realized on these six specimens:
2000 Concept Dollar PATTERN with SIGNED Flip Insert $265.70 Jul-01-01 14:38:40
1793 Cent Mated Pair BROCKAGE STRIKE $68.89 Jun-17-01 15:18:54
2000 Concept Dollar OFF-METAL in COPPER $99.76 Jul-01-01 14:42:18
2000 Concept Dollar DIE TRIAL or CUSTOM ERROR $228.83 Jun-17-01 15:50:27
1995 Concept Dollar DIE TRIAL in COPPER $113.61 Jun-17-01 15:44:02
1995 Concept Dollar IGWT PATTERN in COPPER $682.92 Jul-01-01 14:20:49
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5/26
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20th, 50th and 75th Anniversary Counterstamps for
Western Reserve Numismatic Club on
1936 Cleveland Great Lakes Exposition
United States Commemorative Silver Half Dollars

  • Western Reserve Numismatic Club Counterstamps




   The first counterstamp was a pair of dies created in 1941 by Bastian Brothers to celebrate WRNC's 20th anniversary.



   The second conterstamp was a single die created in 1971 by Heraldic Art Company of Cleveland, Ohio to celebrate WRNC's 50th anniversary. When Ron Landis was first starting the Gallery Mint Museum he went to Cleveland and purchased his first two coin presses from the estate of the Heraldic Art Company. So, in fact, the last two counterstamps were done by two different people but on the same coin press 25 years apart.


   The third counterstamp was a pair of dies created in 1996 by Ron Landis of the Gallery Mint Museum of Eureka Springs, Arkansas to celebrate WRNC's 75th anniversary.

   Gino, of Gino's Coins, provided these wonderful scans. Roughly a year ago I was told some detail on what host coins were struck with the 75th counterstamp but I can't put my hands on that information at this time. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen


5/9
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If we all get together here guys
you won't believe what we can accomplish!

  • Be All That You Can Be
       Creating these 257th Medical Medals was truly a labor of love. We put in hundreds of hours on this project. It was the "talk" of Fort Bragg and the Army Medical Community for a while. We started with approximately 0.55 ounces of pure silver casting grain. Pure silver acts better in hand striking.
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    Things seemed to get just a bit hot for a while
    but we are finally all together now.
       The casting grain was melting into a 'button' with acetylene or Oxy-Mapp gas. The melt temperature was approximately 1700 degrees Fahrenheit and was accomplished in a hand crucible. The liquid silver was poured into a steel 'dapping' block. The button was pickled afterwards to remove impurities and contaminants.
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    That guy finally quit hitting us
    with all those hammers!
       After cleaning the button was hand hammered to shape. Because of the die shape, the planchets were shaped with one concave side and one flat side for the best strike conditions. The planchet edge was hammered with a small jeweler's planishing hammer. It took approximately 100 hammer strikes to get to the final planchet shape from a button.
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    We did our part but obviously
    somebody outside our unit didn't do theirs.
       Shown here we have an example of a typical error medal. Note the incomplete strike on both sides. This was usually caused by poor planchet shape and/or bad die alignment. The first 100 to 150 pieces were fair to poor so we melted them down and started over.
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    WE ARE THE BEST!
    Fort Bragg, NC - 257th Medical Company
    55th Medical Group - 44th Medical Brigade
       The FINAL product, shown above, is a GREAT STRIKE! Only one in five medals struck were this good. Even after we got good at the process, medals with as complete a strike as this were in the minority. Most, though, did look quite good. Striking was done on a 200 pound tree stump with a 100 pound steel plate attached to the top of the stump. Col. Terrence S. Murphy...Mon, 7 May 2001
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    Once you find out what went wrong
    you can always improve next time.
       I thought you might like to see a close up of the weakly struck area that Col. Murphy mentioned. The dark area on the obverse is a mirror finish and the bright area on the reverse is a frosted finish. Anyone that has ever collected hand struck coinage, like Mexican Cobs for example, knows that weak and partial strikes are the norm. Only pieces made for presentation to dignitaries were fully struck up. So it is not surprising to learn that even the U.S.Army had difficulties getting everything right every time!
       These wonderful medals have been discussed at considerable length on Page7 in the SBsubject "Making Coins the Hard Way" and on Page15 in the SBsubject "Asklepios Medical Coin Dug Up". I want to thank Col. Murphy for sharing these pieces with us. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen


5/3
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"Sacagawea"
Portrait of Trish Perry
Shoshone Indian - Lander, Wyoming

  • Carved Masterpieces By Ron Landis

       How It Came To Pass: When the water is still "too hard" in Ontario to go fishing my energies have to be turned in other directions. So, I have made several trips to Eureka Springs to visit the Gallery Mint over the winter months. My fishing buddy, Kenny, and I take off at 3AM and return home about 9PM after 600 miles of driving, a great breakfast in Jasper, Missouri and a Chinese lupper (lunch and supper) in Cassville, Missouri.
       We did "our thing" on Saturday April 28th and found both Joe and Ron busy at work. I managed to talk Ron into selling me the two wonderful carvings you see here and I thought you might like to share them with me. I don't know what I'm going to do with them down the road in the future because my kids wouldn't have a clue what they are. Maybe I'll have to donate them to the Gallery Mint Museum once my health fails and someone pries them out of my cold dead fingers.

       Sacagawea - Landis#151: The "Sacagawea" carving is of a young Shoshone woman that Ron met in a gift shop close to where Sacagawea is buried. Ron has used her likeness on several pieces leading up to the Concept and Prototype pattern golden dollars he created and submitted for consideration by the U.S.Mint. Speaking of that distinguished effort... Ron showed me another nickel carving of a Rampant Dragon posed in a very similar position of the Eagle on his 1997 GMM Hobo Token. These pieces were intertwined in the creation of Ron's Eagle reverse die that the Mint gave serious consideration to as the reverse of their Golden Dollar design. I tried to buy the Dragon carving from Ron but it wasn't for sale.

       George Washington "Bo" Hughes - Landis#186: The "Self Portrait" of George Washington "Bo" Hughes carving is the model that Ron carved and then made transfer dies, or whatever the correct terminology is, for the striking of his 2001 GMM Hobo Token. I had a choice of either the "Walking Hobo" or the "Self Portrait" carvings and that was a tough choice. He had the obverse die "Hobo Bust" carving that was used in the same manner for his 2001 OHNS Hobo Token. That carving was my first choice but he allowed as how he really needed to place it in an auction so other OHNS members have a chance to purchase it. I understood his position, although that is not to say I was exactly jubilant, ...but... I wasn't too unhappy either because of my other fabulous alternatives.

       The One That Got Away: Ron had a carving of former President Ronald Reagan that was absolutely superb. It was quite a bit more money than "BO" and I was never a big fan of Ronnie so I took the "BO" carving. I suppose the Reagan carving would have been the better investment over the long haul but I buy pieces for my own pleasure and not to make money from. If I got large amounts of money from a piece I'd just turn around and give it to Ron and Joe again anyway.

       The Grand Finale ...or... "The BIG Surprise": Now then... down to the COOL part of all this rambling. Ron told me he wouldn't let me take "BO" until he had placed his serial number on the reverse. All these model carvings were ground flat on the reverse as part of the production process necessary to create the dies for the Hobo Tokens. So... I decided to not stick around under his feet while he engraved the number and date on the reverse. I sure am glad I made that decision! Why? Because... when I opened up my package from the Gallery Mint, out tumbled the wonderfully engraved piece you see pictured here. I would NEVER have considered asking Ron to spend so much of his valuable time on such a specialized personal effort but I am ecstatic that he did this for me. I called him immediately to make sure he knew how wonderful and meaningful this was to me. AGAIN... THANKS RON!


       By the way Ron... if I've said anything incorrectly here or was unclear about these pieces please drop me a line and I'll modify whatever I fouled up. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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    "Self Portrait" of George Washington "Bo" Hughes


    I've just submitted a slight reworking of the Landis Carvings ScrapBook subject
    to OHNS for possible publishing in a future issue of BO TALES.
    You can view my draft article here: Link:Carved Masterpieces By Ron Landis.
    I encourage you to follow my example and submit your own article(s).


4/22
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1787 Fugio Cent Struck OffCenter

  • Additional Electrically Toned Creations
       The only reason I could see for toning a creation would be to make it fill a hole in a set of genuine toned specimens. Since these are "custom error" strikes I see no reason to have toned these creations other than as an experiment to see what they would look like. Well... all this lands us back at "different strokes for different folks!" EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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    Multi-Struck 1787 Fugio Cent

4/21
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1794 Dollar Overstruck OffCenter

  • To Tone or Not To Tone...
       ...that is the question! The eBay Seller of these pieces wrote; A Detroit electrical company toned it superb with the tonning of a pastel gun-metal with pastel hues of orangish-violet and gold around the edges. This is the first time that an electrical charge was used to tone a coin, thus resulting in an almost 100% natural old time tone.
       My Mama used to tell me that it was a good thing that we all like different things or all the boys would want to be married to the same girl. Here is a case where my Mama was quite right... when these showed up on eBay I would have guessed they would never get a bid because, to me, they had been "ruined". I would have bid on both these two creations ...IF... they had been in their "as struck" condition. Clearly there were other folks out there that REALLY liked these creations. Jolly good show! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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    1794 Dollar Obverse Brockage Strike

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  • Four Brockage Cent Pairs
       I'm not a real big fan of "custom errors" but even I have to admit that these are COOL creations. In the normal course of events one would never expect to acquire both pieces of a brockage pair. Besides that... these are just very pretty pieces. All four sets are currently being offered on eBay as I write this. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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