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2002
ScrapBook Subjects
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Index
Links
Link: Continuing The Set
Link: I Visited Gallery Mint Museum
Link: A Closer Look At One Cherry
Link: Doin' A Little Cherry Pickin'
Link: Xtreme Pi鑓e De Caprice
Link: [ What would happen if...? ]
Link: Mission Accomplished!
Link: Honest Mom... I Never Touched It!
Link: [ Experimenting With Website Search Engines ]
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1995 Annual GMM 1.5oz 40.4mm Medal - #482 of 500
Overstruck With 2001 Hobo Token Mule
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  • Continuing The Set
       These two counterstruck 1995 GMM Annual Medals have expand my set to four pieces which are a 2000, two 2001 and a 2002 now. The "extra" 2001 specimen was created with the 2001 Indian obverse and the Walking Hobo reverse. That is the one I showed you quite recently on Page38 in SBsubject Link:I Wish I Had Thought Of Doing That. I may decide to offer it on eBay since it is a rare and unique specimen. Perhaps selling it might help me pay for having GMM continue my set. How come I keep hauling all the money I get down to Arkansas and giving it to TheGuys? PostScript- If you want to take a peek at the 2000 piece in the set I showed it to you on Page15 in SBsubject Link:Momentarily Unique 1995 Annual GMM Medal. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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    1995 Annual GMM 1.5oz 40.4mm Medal - #345 of 500
    Overstruck With 2002 Hobo Token Mule
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2000 "I Visited GMM" Tokens
Struck sandwiched around an 1982 Lincoln Cent.
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2000 "I Visited GMM" Token
Struck on planchet with large circular clip.
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  • I Visited Gallery Mint Museum
       Whenever folks make the effort to visit Eureka Springs TheGuys are really pleased to show them their wonderful facility. This includes their mobile-mint that they leave set up to strike tokens with this "I Visited" reverse die. They didn't make a 2001 obverse die so they continued using this 2000 die. Ron said he is planning on using the 2002 Uncle Sam obverse die, that was used with the 2002 FUN reverse die in Florida this year, for GMM's "I Visited" tokens in 2002. I showed you that Uncle Sam die as the bottom illustration in SBsubject Link:Uncle Sam Is Really Popular This Year.
       You can tell from the above two illustrations that folks who visit TheGuys in Eureka Springs love to "play" with the mobile-mint. I have to hand it to the collector who carried an "I Visited" token (shown below) to the 2000 ANA show in Philadelphia and had it overstruck with the show token for that convention. I am assuming TheGuys wouldn't have taken their "I Visited" reverse die with them to that show but I don't know that to be a fact. GMM's table is always swamped with folks wanting show tokens and I can't see them taking time to switch dies twice to make this unusual specimen for a customer... but anything is possible I reckon. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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    2000 ANA Philadelphia Show Token
    Struck over a 2000 "I Visited GMM" Token.
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Clifford Bolling photographs.
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  • A Closer Look At One Cherry
       I got my large planchet 1796 $1... a real nice piece. Diameter of 40.5mm and weight 26.9gms. I'll need to measure and weigh a regular piece for comparison. Attached is a photo of the dollar, plus a couple close-ups of some identifying die marks. These same die characteristics appear on the clashed die piece, only a wee bit less prominent, as should be expected. I'm having lots of fun with the magnifying lens on my camera! Clifford Bolling...Tue, 26 Feb 2002 05:55:53
       I think it is interesting how much difference there is in appearance between the photograph shown immediately below and the same coin shown at the top the previous SBsubject that was photographed by Mark. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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A Mark Honea photograph.
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  • Doin' A Little Cherry Pickin'
       Cliff keeps a sharp eye out for GMM dollars with different die combinations. Here are four pieces he found recently... the first cherry is an experimental strike 1796 dollar from the Hardcastle hoard and is a most unusual and rare fine. This is a Gallery Mint Museum COPY of the 1796 Draped Bust Silver Dollar. When the Gallery Mint began producing these copies, they experimented with the diameters of the Silver planchets, using some that were larger in diameter, and some that were smaller. This piece was struck on one of the larger planchets, resulting in a very wide area at the rim and denticles. As with all Gallery Mint products, this is struck on a planchet of the original specifications (.8924+ Pure Silver), and using the same technology as that available to the early U.S. Mint (i.e., on a Screw Press). Beautiful Uncirculated! Mark Honea...Thu, 7 Feb 2002 16:07:35
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       Next a second cherry, another 1796 dollar, was struck using one of my favorite GMM dies. The reverse die is the small letter proof die that was converted to an uncirculated die. I am really jealous of Cliff's good fortune.
    A Clifford Bolling photograph.
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       The third cherry is ANOTHER 1796 dollar struck using the small letter reverse that Cliff acquired a while back. I think he is going to corner the market on these wonderful small letter reverse creations.
    A Clifford Bolling photograph.
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       And finally the fourth cherry, is from an unfinished set of 1796 dollar dies that was modified to create the 1996 Christmas present Ron presented to the friends of the Gallery Mint at that time. It is also an exceptionally rare piece since only 85 pieces were struck. GMM was just getting started so their special friends list was rather short. They couldn't afford a similar generous gesture here some six years later because they have too many friends now. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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1796 Draped Bust Dollar
  • Xtreme Pi鑓e De Caprice
       My ScrapBook fans are starting to complain about there being no new SBsubjects as of late. It seems like my life outside of hyperspace is starting to compete with generating material for these webpages.   :-(   I just came in high bidder on this interesting specimen on eBay and I can hardly wait to receive it. I know it is a manufactured error and not a production error but it still interests me because I know that TheGuys purchase their dollar blanks ready-made. So... they had to cut out the "clip" somehow at their facility. I am wondering if the clip even has the correct curvature to simulate a production error. As you know... I'm not a fan of pi鑓es de caprice but this one is certainly flashy and extreme so I couldn't resist. Besides the price was right! I'm betting I paid considerably less that it sold for originally at GMM. I don't know how Fred Weinberg came by this creation but I'd guess he got it as part of a collection he purchased otherwise it wouldn't have been offered on eBay at such a "fire sale" price.
       Cliff agrees with me that this set of dies is not in Czapla and is a later creation. He has this same die pair used to strike a sample dollar coin strip of 1794, 1796 and 1804 dies. If you have a GMM ScrapBook CD-ROM then you can view Cliff's picture of his Link:dollar strip 1796 dollar.
       When I saw this extreme creation I was reminded of a similar COOL piece that Cliff Bolling recently acquired. This is a good time to show it to you. In this case the clipped planchet could have been a natural error since TheGuys produce their own cent planchets. Obviously this piece being struck was clearly intentional and not an error. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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    A Clifford Bolling photograph.
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What would happen if...?
   If... I were silly enough to send a BillZach hobo nickel carving off to Bert Hickman to be magneformed? Bert says nickels do not shrink as well as other coins so we could expect a 21.2mm nickel to only shrink to 18.2mm... just a hair larger than a dime which is 17.9mm. Still... a hobo nickel carving the size of a dime would be COOL I think! Only I just can't talk myself into sacrificing one of Bill's wonderful carvings... not even the practice piece shown below. This carving didn't measure up to Bill's high standards necessary to get his signature on the reverse. Silly me... I think it is a great carving. Shows you how little I know! Do you see the similarity to Bill's latest "IndianJoe" carving in this practice carving? I certainly do. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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Magneformed BillZach Practice Carving - 85.9% of original
Just a mockup folks ... don't get excited!
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BillZach's "IndianJoe" Z#82

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Ron Landis MockUp
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Ron Landis MockUp
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Ron Landis Carving
As seen through the talent of Bill Zach!
  • Mission Accomplished!
       I've been working on this project for roughly a year. Joe Rust couldn't find the profile shots of Ron that were taken a long time ago. Then Ron couldn't find them either. So we tried taking a picture with Ron's neat digital camera and managed to break it somehow... I was touching it but I swear that I didn't do anything to it.   :-(   This last trip I took my own photographer and got a whole series of pictures of Ron which I immediately sent to Bill (Jameson) Zach. You can see the whole series in SBsubject Link:Visiting With The Master. This WONDERFUL BillZach carving represents the project's successful culmination and has been presented to Ron Landis for his personal collection but I wanted to share Bill's talent with all of you. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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Magneformed 1796 GMM Liberty Cap Cent
28.47mm reduced to 23.04mm
- 80.9% of original
resulting from being subjected to 4500 Joules.
  • Honest Mom... I Never Touched It!
       My corresponding friend Mike Wallace pointed out to me some shrunken coins being offered on eBay and wanted my opinion about them. I didn't have a clue... which seems to me my normal state more and more as I grow older ...so I followed links until I found this website... Link:StoneRidge Engineering. As I have said many times before... it is a rare day that I go to bed not having learned something brand new. My first impression was that the idea of shrinking coins without even touching them must be some sort of a scam. It didn't take long reading Bert Hickman's website pages until they turned on the lights for me. I found Link:Making Small Change particularly enlightening... no pun intended. You should take the time to read it! Mike and I think these shrunken coins are really COOL!

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    "Make ONE mistake, and you'll get NO SECOND CHANCE!"
       Coin shrinking uses a technique called high velocity electromagnetic metal forming, or "Magneforming". This technique was originally developed by the aerospace industry, and has been popularized by Aerovox, Grumman, and Maxwell. It involves discharging a high energy capacitor bank through a work coil to generate a very powerful, rapidly changing magnetic field which then "forms" the metal to be fabricated.
       Blasted by powerful magnetic fields that cause solid metal to flow like taffy, these coins are truly unique objects! Each coin required it's own hand wound work coil which was explosively destroyed during the shrinking process. Currents of over 100,000 amperes were typically forced into the coil, creating an extremely powerful pulsed magnetic field. This induced a circulating current in the coin that can exceed a million amperes! The tremendous magnetic fields of the coil and coin oppose each other, causing the work coil to explode with the force of a small bomb, while the coin is radially compressed to a fraction of its original size! It's all over in 20-25 millionths of a second! The only thing touching and shaping the coin is the invisible magnetic field itself! The coin's weight and density are unaltered - it simply becomes smaller in diameter and a bit thicker.
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    Magneformed 1979-D SBA Dollar
    26.50mm reduced to 21.34mm - 80.5% of original
    resulting from being subjected to 5700 Joules.
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    Magneformed 2000-D Sacagawea Dollar
    26.54mm reduced to 21.34mm - 79.4% of original
    resulting from being subjected to 5700 Joules.
       Mike and I particularly like the shrunken small dollars. They end up the size of a nickel. Check out Bert's offerings at Link:Shrunken Coins are now Available! and buy a couple. You won't regret it... I PROMISE! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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