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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
2002
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Link: Ever Wonder...?
Link: One Of Two Cracked Die 1794 Dollars
Link: Everything Wears Out Eventually
Link: [ Caution!!! Do Not Open This Lure... ]
Link: Uncle Sam Is Really Popular This Year
Link: I Wish I Had Thought Of Doing That
Link: More COOL Stuff From MondoStuff
Link: Took It Right Off Her Neck!
Link: [ ScrapBook Visits Are On The Rise... ]
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1794 GMM Flowing Hair Dollar
Struck On Eisenhower Dollar Type2 Clad Planchet
  • Ever Wonder...?
       Ever wonder what it would look like if you had a 1794 Flowing Hair dollar struck on a T-2 clad blank Eisenhower Dollar planchet? Check it out... I hope this wasn't the piece that broke the die. Clifford D. Bolling...Sat, 9 Feb 2002 16:52:14
       You needn't worry Cliff... your clad dollar planchet strike was not the one that broke the die because they weren't the same die. This can be clearly seen by the positions of the date relative to the first star on the left. Shown here on the on the left is the cracked 1794 die and on the right is the clad dollar 1794 die. Perhaps your piece came from the replacement die Ron obviously had to make to continue his 1794 dollar production ...or... dare I hope, is it possible your piece was struck with the PROOF 1794 dollar dies???? You better check it out my friend.
       I took some liberties with the color of Cliff's scans. On my system they came out almost a pink color so I ratcheted them down 10% on the Red color in the Red/Green/Blue mix. I'm sure neither my altered, nor Cliff's original, scans are anywhere close to the color of Cliff's Eisenhower Dollar piece. NICE idea by the way Cliff... not many folks have an extra Eisenhower Dollar planchet they could sacrifice for this wonderful creation. BRAVO ZULU! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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1794 GMM Flowing Hair Dollar
1 of 2 broken obverse die strikes
Obverse die cracked from 11:30 through 4:30 positions (red marks.)
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  • One Of Two Cracked Die 1794 Dollars
       Well... while not quite as good a scan as I would wish ...this COOL cracked dollar shows up much nicer than the cracked half dollar. It is a much more interesting story too.
       Timothy noticed that this obverse die was broken as he went to put it away from a production run. Naturally he braced himself for a ruined batch of dollar strikes. Upon careful and repeated inspection, of all the pieces minted, nary a one had a die crack to be seen. Timothy told this to Ron and... naturally ...Ron had to go through the production run himself to find the piece the die broke on. Yup! You may have expected this... there simply wasn't a cracked die strike in the batch anywhere. The die clearly had cracked AFTER the finish of the run.
       This is something Ron had never experienced before and was "all the talk" when I arrived for my visit. A very unusual occurence! Of course my first thoughts were... can we strike a cracked die specimen like was done with the infamous "GMM Death Dollars" several years back? TheGuys weren't too excited about doing this but I badgered them into trying for a couple strikes.
       There is GOOD news and there is BAD news! First the GOOD news... TheGuys got the two strikes I wanted. The one you see here above and a second one where the die crack in the "TY" area continued to the edge and formed a CUD on the struck specimen. I saw the die and the broken piece is hanging from the main die body by a flap of metal. Ron was very impressed by the second strike specimen as the CUD on the coin shows the impression caused by the movement of the broken die piece as it split away from the die. Now the BAD news... Ron kept it for himself and wouldn't sell it to me. None-the-less, I am certainly pleased to have the first specimen off the broken die... clearly it is unique because no more can be created at this stage of deterioration. It was a GREAT trip to Eureka Springs this time around! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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    Closeup of pre-CUD cracks.

    Closeup of 4:30 cracks

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1796 GMM 15-star Half Dollar
1 of 4 broken reverse die strikes
Reverse die cracked at the 4:00 position (red mark.)



  • Everything Wears Out Eventually
       It goes without saying... How come when somebody says that you know that they are going to say whatever it is anyway? ...that the scans I took of this 1796 Half Dollar are just not up to my normal standards. For some reason brilliant silver specimens do not scan well with my equipment. I need to get a digital camera and then take lessons from Cliff Bolling who is rapidly becoming a professional at this stuff.
       So here is the story! Timothy saved this specimen for the old FatMan from a recently failed die. As usual when a die fails, he didn't notice the problem until several pieces had been struck and then he had to examine every piece in the production run to pull out the damaged ones. He found four pieces like the one I am showing you here so he hadn't lost too much time or money. I do not know if he saved the other three strikes or melted them... as is their usual practice on damaged silver creations. I just know I am "pickled tink" to have this specimen. THANKS Timothy! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

Muskie Lure For Partly Cloudy Summer Days
Caution!!! Do Not Open This Lure...
   ...in the presense of fish, mounted or otherwise! This 3/8 RoosterTail spinner fishing lure arrived in my SnailMail today from my friend Scruffy. It was labeled "Day Brightener" and it certainly was that! So... How do I know it is a lure for "Partly Cloudy Summer Days?" ...because Scruffy told me so! Early in the year try to stay in the teens, maybe up to the 20's. Summer, try your 25's, 26's even 29's. Fall is the time for your 30's. My personal favorite is a 1938 D/S XF. Always remember S=Sunshine, D=Dark and P=PartlyCloudy. Coin is a "Fish Eagle". Cliff Kraft Since the Buffalo Nickel carved here is a 1928-P I know just when to use this lure. However... I do not want to risk a huge Muskie biting this lure off my line so it will stay home in my Hobo Nickel collection. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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1928 Nickel "FishEagle" Carving
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2001 Johnson County "Visit" 20.3mm Token
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  • Uncle Sam Is Really Popular This Year
       2001 Johnson County (above): The Johnson County Numismatic Society made their annual pilgrimage to visit the Gallery Mint again last year. I think they go just to get free tokens myself. This may well be GMM's only 2001 dated pewter token. As I write this I can't think of another one... if one comes to mind I'll come back here and fix my oversight.
       2002 GMM Hobo Token (left): I don't have my copies of this year's silver GMM Hobo Tokens yet. The scan shown here on the left is the obverse that Jeff Daniher sent me after he came back from the 2002 FUN show in Florida. It should be roughly 21.3mm in diameter.
       2002 FUN Show Token (below): Ron tells me that GMM's roller mill broke down early at the convention so they had a very limited issue. Ron guessed that they may have struck at most 500 tokens instead of upwards of 3,000 that is customary for them at a convention. This ought to make the 2002 FUN show token a relative key in this series. If you have one you had best hang on to it.
       By-the-way, GMM's pewter tokens are basically 20mm in diameter but the planchets are so soft that the final diameter of the struck token varies based upon how much force is put into that paticular individual strike. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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    2002 FUN Show 20.3mm Token
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1995 Annual GMM 1.5oz 40.4mm Medal - #475 of 500
Overstruck With 2001 Hobo Token
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  • I Wish I Had Thought Of Doing That
       This is the second 1995 GMM Annual 1.5oz medal that I have had overstruck with one of Ron Landis' sets of Hobo Token dies. Every time I show one of these to Ron he sighs and wishes he had saved enough 1995 medals to have this overstriking done for himself. In case you are wondering... GMM no longer has any 1995 medals left in their sales inventory.
       Since this medal contains 1.5oz of 0.999 fine silver it has a wonderful THICK edge. Ron took full advantage of what he refers to as the "third side" of his medallic creations. On the edge is "RL JR 1 1/2 TROY OUNCES .999 Fine Silver No. 475 Gallery Mint EUREKA SPRINGS ARK" plus GMM's cool Screw Press mintmark. That is a LOT of information to have on the edge of a medal and it is all very sharp and bold.
       My previous specimen of a 2000 Hobo Token overstruck on a 1995 medal is shown at: Link:Momentarily Unique 1995 Annual GMM Medal and it stayed unique because nobody had an extra 1995 medal to be this creative with. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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An Ed Kucia photograph.
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Western Reserve Numismatic Club
75th Anniversary Counterstamped On 38.1mm US Morgan Dollar
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  • Took It Right Off Her Neck!
       I got this outstanding Landis creation last spring in Britt, Iowa on my way to Canada to do a bit of fishing. Why haven't I shown it to you before now? First off, I didn't know what to say about it other than "here it is!" Secondly, it got put away and I didn't get around to doing a scan of it. It turns out that all the Britt Hobo Token remainders got sold at a summer sidewalk sale the summer before I got to Britt. They sold for some token amount (no pun intended.) Seems like it was 25 cents but it might have been a buck. Anyway... they are scattered and GONE!
       The lady showing me the Hobo Museum knew I was coming so she was wearing the necklace I am showing y'all here. I made her an offer to purchase it and here it is! By-the-way, the museum has two other necklaces on display but both are struck on nickel planchets with loops. This is the only brass specimen I have seen and Ron only remembers making the nickel specimens.
       For those of you who may be interested, we have visited Britt related topics previously in the following SBsujbects: Link:National Hobo Convention in Britt, Iowa, Link:Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten us into!, Link:Landis Hobos and Trains on American Eagles and Link:Celebrating 100 Years In Britt, Iowa. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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ScrapBook Visits Are On The Rise...
   ...but we can always hope for additional increases. The more readers we get then the more information should become accessable to us for all to share. That would be in all our best interests.
   The graph shown below is far too small a scale to leave any sort of legends on the axes but the counter on our main index webpage is now experiencing roughly 100 visitors each week. Anybody who goes directly to any of the subject webpages and never clicks through the main index page doesn't get counted. We may be experiencing significantly higher levels of interest than that counter indicates. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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