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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
2001
ScrapBook Subjects
Page
Index
Links
Link: Brockage Strikes: A Common, But COOL, Idea
Link: King-sized Quadruple Struck Show Token
Link: I Knew I Liked Hammered Edge Creations
Link: This One Snuck Up Behind Me!
Link: George Washington Rides Again
Link: My Best Christmas EVER!
Link: [ Only A Select Few Will Walk This Road! ]
Link: Imitation Is The Highest Form Of Flattery
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12/31
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1998 ANA Portland Show Tokens
Reverse Brockage (planchet fed in under coin stuck to hammer die.)
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  • Brockage Strikes: A Common, But COOL, Idea
       Asking for a brockage strike is something that immediately occurs to any numismatist when faced with such an opportunity in the form of the GMM Mini-Mint. Here are two really nice brockage pairs for your enjoyment. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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2000 FUN Show Tokens
Obverse Brockage (planchet fed in on top of coin stuck to anvil die.)
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12/30
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1998 ANA Portland Show Dies
Quadruple strike on Half Dollar sized pewter planchet.
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  • King-sized Quadruple Struck Show Token
       When looking at the scans of the Adam Kelley Show Token lot I noted this multi-struck specimen. I figured it was one of the relatively common pieces created by striking a standard 20mm show token pewter planchet four times. When it arrived I was amazed to find that the pewter planchet was half dollar sized! This took special effort to create and something I have never seen before in my many visits to GMM.
       I know the above scan doesn't really show how impressive this piece is because I had to scale it down to keep the size of the graphics file with-in reason. This is a really massive piece although lighter than a silver planchet of the same size because it is pewter. All together a really COOL addition to my midden heap. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen


12/29
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1998 ANA Portland Show Dies
Struck on hammered edge copper planchet.
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  • I Knew I Liked Hammered Edge Creations
       In the Adam Kelley Show Token lot I found this unusual specimen. I have no idea why a hammered edge was applied to this after striking. It has deep chisel cuts scattered randomly around the edge. In fact... I suspect that the flat "hammered" areas may be the result of the impact of the anvil when the chisel was struck against the opposite edge of the token.
       I've tried numerous times to contact Adam since the mailman dropped these cool show tokens in my mailbox. He has dropped off the radar... his Excite mailbox is no longer valid and he is no longer posting new GMM material on eBay. I have written him a letter by SnailMail but there hasn't been time for him to respond yet. If he does so and can tell us anything about this cool copper piece I'll be sure and share it with you. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen


12/28
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2000 Baltimore Coin And Currency Convention
Planchet split from force of strike. Medal/Book die alignment.
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  • This One Snuck Up Behind Me!
       I was fortunate enough to purchase a single lot of GMM Show Tokens off eBay from the Adam Kelley collection. I couldn't really see what I was purchasing from the extremely small scale scan Adam posted on eBay so I took a chance and just bid anyway. While I likely paid too much for the lot I did get some really interesting pieces.
       Shown here is a show token struck for the Baltimore Coin And Currency show. I never even knew this piece existed! I make regular visits to see TheGuys in Eureka Springs and they never told me about this issue. I have this on my questions list for my next visit so perhaps I can tell you more about it later on.
       These tokens are unusual in that they are struck with medal/book die alignment. Generally TheGuys strike their pieces with coin die alignment. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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    2000 Baltimore Coin And Currency Convention
    Double struck off-center. Coin die alignment.
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12/27
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1997 Cleveland ANA National Money Show
Counterstamped 1982 Washington 250th Anniversary Commemorative
Only 50 specimens struck. Commissioned by Ken Lowe of The Money Tree.
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  • George Washington Rides Again
       I knew about this creation early in my GMM collecting career and I told all y'all about it August 30, 2000 in a SBsubject entitled: Link:The Proof That Didn't Get Away. Little did I know how RARE this little sucker really was. Numismatic News documented this wonderful creation in their April 15, 1997 issue. There they told us that this very limited-edition had only 50 pieces struck. Cliff Bolling and I just got the opportunity to split a pair of pieces previously owned by a private collector. I simply LOVE the golden patina inside the counterstamp itself! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

12/25
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2001 GMM Hobo Token Mule Struck In 22K Gold.
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  • My Best Christmas EVER!
       I thought it was unusual when my middle daughter brought me a can of Mountain Dew while the gift exchange was going on Christmas Day but, being focused on the family receiving their gifts, I ignored the oddity. Anyway... I was drinking white grape juice at the time and didn't need a second drink.
       During a lull in the gift activity I decided to return the Mountain Dew to the refrigerator so it would stay cool. At that point my daughter hollared out to the kitchen and asked me if I really wanted to put the can back in the frig. THEN I knew something was up!
       Taped to the bottom of the can was the GOLDEN MULE shown above. This is the first time in thirty years that I got a surprise Christmas present that was something I would have bought myself!
       Not only that... but as you can see below ...it finishes up my set of 2001 GMM Hobo Token mules! Even if you don't collect these pieces I think you can appreciate what a beautiful set this is. THANKS GIRLS! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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Robert E. Lee carving by Master Engraver Steven Adams
Only A Select Few Will Walk This Road!
   This is a custom carved nickel done for Arthur Hutchison by Steven Adams. Provided here for your edification are some comments by Arthur followed by a few comments by Steven.
   Steve has taken carving up a notch with his portrait, design and sculpture of famous people to a point where few if any will follow with a similar high grade of work. When I saw Steve's "Mark Twain" and his "George W. Bush" I knew I had to have one. I think of myself as a advanced Hobo Carver but by no means as a Master Carver as only a couple folks fit that description. I know the work, talent and time involved to turn an Indian Head into a nice high grade Hobo.
   Look at the Robert E. Lee, George W. Bush and Mark Twain carvings and you will know that only a select few will walk this road. When I have a down and out day carving myself I can look at this carving and know what is possible to do when carving a Hobo Nickel, if the Good Lord see's fit for me to live that long. Arthur Hutchison...December 2001.

   Arthur must have shown you Lee. Well, the cat is out of the bag. You can see the direction I'm going. More portraits. I call these carvings a token of my existence. They'll be around long after I'm gone, to be shared by different owners as they pass from one generation to the next. Kind of an interesting thought that is both pleasant and amusing. Steven Adams...Sun, 16 Dec 2001 11:23:22
   I captured the scans to create the above progression scan from Arthur's webpage Link:Robert E. Lee and I think they originated with Steve. You can see Steve's Bush and Twain carvings on Arthur's webpage Link:Carver Steven Adams. I believe the Lord has blessed us when he gives us folks with special talents. Steven and Arthur are two such individuals. Thanks Guys! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
12/16
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Royal Oak Mint 1793 Chain Cent
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  • Imitation Is The Highest Form Of Flattery
       I first saw one of these specimens being offered on eBay on December 9th with a starting bid of $65. As I write this SBsubject the current bid is $100. It is a purposefully toned specimen and not an uncirculated specimen as shown above. Ken Potter is selling these pieces at $25 plus postage. (Final bid on the toned specimen was $103.50 at 11:09:40am PST.)
       These chain cent recreations are being produced by Royal Oak Mint and I have not handled one yet. I understand that they have plain edges and not the wonderful vine and bars edges that Ron Landis put on his chain cents. I am a BIG FAN of GMM's chain cents but they generally easily top $100 when offered for sale. So these lower priced alternatives certainly should have broad collector appeal. However, I don't expect the market for Ron's superlative creations to evaporate as a result.
       I heard the concern expressed that Royal Oak Mint might be infringing on Gallery Mint's "turf" by issuing these chain cents. My response is that we have a "Free Enterprise System" here in America and if there is a demand for additional non-GMM chain cent reproductions then their creation will be a financial success. If there isn't then Royal Oak Mint will have a lot of extra scrap copper on their hands. I am betting on the former rather than the latter myself. I will ALWAYS be a GMM fan but there is room for additional quality numismatic recreations in my opinion. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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    1793 Chain Cent S.2 PCGS AU55 $67,500
    There are three S.2s in AU55 and one in MS60 with none higher.
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