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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
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2002
ScrapBook Subjects
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Index
Links
Link: But Honey... I Saved $1,500!
Link: Silver Center Planchet Specimens
Link: [ Bear Country! ]
Link: [ Ask And Ye Shall Receive! ]
Link: Here's Proof That "I Like Ike!"
Link: A Brace Of Magneformed Horses
Link: I Hope This Makes Sense!
Link: [ Lewis Or Clark? ]
Link: Two Value Added Specimens
Link: One Couldn't Ask For A Better Start
Link: [ A.Word.A.Day--Yeggs ]
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7/20
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Restrike of Kellogg&Humbert 1855 $50 California Gold
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  • But Honey... I Saved $1,500!
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       1855 Kellogg $50 commemorative restrike S.S. Central America, proof state graded by PCGS. The first fifty dollar gold pieces to be issued under the authority of the California Historial Society. Total issue limited to 5,000 pieces. Each $50 coin is struck from authentic Kellogg & Humbert ingots recovered from the ship S.S. Central America which sank September 12, 1857 and contains 1309 grains of .887 fine gold. The original dies from Kellogg & Co. were used to make these historial commemorative pieces of California gold. The dies used to strike each piece were originated by transfer from the original 1855 dies engraved by Ferdinand Gruner in San Francisco, California and have the added commemorative inscription on the reverse ribbon: "S.S. Central America Gold - C.H.S." The last being for the California Historial Society. The coin comes in a strudy frame ready for display. The frame comes in a cloth covered display box and a carboard sleve and a certificate of authenticity signed by Stephen Becker, Executive Director, Califormia Historial Society. Only 5,000 made. Comes with nice historial book. Billings13...Jul-04-02 07:02:14
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    Date Struck
    August 20, 2001

       This COOL (but expensive) FIRST DAY of issue $50 gold restrike by GMM was sold on eBay July 14th, 2002 at $3,500, a significant price reduction from the original issue price. If you are using a ScrapBook CD-ROM, then here are scans Billings provided of this restrike's Link:Display Frame, Link:Certificate #376 and Link:America's Lost Treasure book by Tommy Thompson. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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    United States Mail Steamship Central America


1855 $50 Gold
SS Central
America

Commemorative
Mintages
Proof strikes
2001 Day
8/20 1 493
8/21 2 84
8/22 3 126
8/23 4 109
8/24 5 25
8/25 6 128
8/26 7 200
8/27 8 156
8/28 9 50
8/29 10 93
8/30 11 56
8/31 12 483
9/01 13 105
9/02 14 209
9/03 15 487
9/04 16 64
9/05 17 123
9/06 18 203
9/07 19 223
9/08 20 101
9/09 21 104
9/10 22 153
9/11 23 99
9/12 24 587
Total 4,461
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strikes
2001 Day
8/26 7 100
9/03 15 93
9/07 19 99
9/12 24 200
Total 492

7/14
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1792 "Silver Center" Cent
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1796 "Silver Center" Half Cent
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  • Silver Center Planchet Specimens
       1792 "Silver Center" Cent: This is a Gallery Mint Museum COPY of a 1792 Silver Center Cent (which was actually produced by the U.S. Mint as a Pattern). As with all Gallery Mint products, it is struck on a planchet of the original specifications (one-quarter of a cent's worth of Pure Copper, with a Plug containing three-quarters of a cent's worth of .8924 Pure Silver in the center) and using the same technology as that available to the early U.S. Mint (i.e., on a Screw Press). Gorgeous Red (and White) Uncirculated! Mark Honea...Jul-04-02 13:11:59
       1796 "Silver Center" Half Cent: This is a Gallery Mint Museum COPY of a 1796 With Pole Half Cent (reference Cohen 2). What makes this particular piece UNIQUE is that it was struck on a planchet with a small silver center, along the same lines as the New (to the Gallery Mint Museum) 1792 Silver Center Cent. I acquired this piece several years ago. As with all Gallery Mint products, this is struck on a planchet of the original specifications (Pure Copper with a small Fine Silver Plug), and was produced using the same technology as that available to the early U.S. Mint (i.e., on a Screw Press). Gorgeous Red (and White) Uncirculated! Mark Honea...Jul-04-02 12:51:26
       The 1792 Cent is a 2002 creation from GMM but the 1796 Half Cent is a creation purportedly from GMM's earlier years. How about that! Something else brand-new from GMM's past! It never ceases to amaze me the things that keep popping up from hidden corners. Adam Hardcastle's collection combined with Mark's other sources continue to be a virtual cornucopia of exceptional, perhaps even occasionally unique, GMM specimens. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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A Clifford Kraft photograph.
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Saul
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A Clifford Kraft photograph.
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Sow&Cub
Bear Country!
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California
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A Clifford Kraft photograph.
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Jasper Alberta
Trade Dollar
   Solomon is Jasper's Dad as I understand it. When I made my trip North to Ontario to go fishing these two wonderful carvings were waiting for me at the Standard Station where I purchased gasoline just below the border in International Falls, Minnesota. It sure is great that we live in a country where a person can trust a total stranger to pass valuable items to another person. Actually there were two strangers involved in the transfer. The gas station manager and the clerk on duty when I went through about midnight! God Bless America!
   Saul: This is Saul, short for Solomon, a very woods wise bruin. Saul owns a rather lucrative "used a bit" store, specializing in slightly used or damaged bells, whistles, and empty pepper spray canisters, which he gathers in his travels. They usually arrive at his store in badly damaged sleeping bags, which he donates to a local quilting and rug making club. When asked; "How's business?" Saul replied with a very large GRRRRRR and an even bigger grin. I guess that's the American way. Clifford L. Kraft...Wed, 26 Jun 2002 11:24:06
   Again Cliff took inspiration from the existing coin shown here on the left. In my opinion he improved on it but we won't tell the folks at the U.S.Mint that or their feelings might get hurt.
A step by step progression along the road to completion!
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Clifford Kraft photographs.
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   I am showing you Jasper and his Mom again here, above right, so you won't have to jump back to SBsubject Link:How Do You Get To Carnegie Hall? EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
   Sow&Cub: My name is Jasper and this carving is of my Mom and me. I am very big for a Grizzly of my age, but Mom is the bigger bear. My Mom is very smart and is teaching me everything I will need to know when I go out on my own, which I am looking forward to. I asked Mom what happened to the buffalo, who's place we took, and all she would say is "When you get older." She did tell me about how the Park Service tells the hikers who go into bear country to wear bells, blow whistles, and carry pepper spray. She went on to explain the difference in bear dungs. The Black Bear's contains seeds, grasses, and small animal fur, while the Grizzlies' contains bells, whistles, and smells of pepper spray. Boy I can't wait to get older! - Jasper, AKA Clifford Kraft...Sat, 22 Jun 2002 21:00:06

Ask And Ye Shall Receive!
   I said I was really anxious to see Cliff's next CRITTER CARVING in SBsubject Link:How Do You Get To Carnegie Hall? As I write this my favorite Aurora Borealis Carver has TWO more bear carvings offered on eBay and on my absolute favorite host coins, 1913 Type-1 "Buffalo On Mound". These two carvings really ought to be offered in the FUN2003 OHNS auction where they would be shown to folks who have the broad experience to fully appreciate how rare a talent like Cliff's truly is! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
Clifford Kraft photographs.

Nip and Tuck                               Samson
   Nip and Tuck: After these guys saw a picture of JASPER and his Mom (Gallery Mint Museum Scrapbook Page43) Link:How Do You Get To Carnegie Hall?, they wanted a picture of themselves and their Mom. So this is NIP and TUCK, (L-52). with their Mom. They also live in Alberta, in an area with plenty of food (not counting the tourists), and a good thing... the way these guys can eat. Mom found out that tourists will pay for pictures of bear, especially with cubs, and has been setting aside what she can, trying to save enough so the family could go to the F.U.N. Convention in Orlando (if someone will wake her), as she has slept through the last two. Nip and Tuck are looking for someone to give them a ride (whether Mom is awake or not). In fact Dad, SAMSON (who will be here tomorrow) said, he too would like to go. "What do you think?" The family is hosted on a 1913 T-1 XF, and is completely hand carved with many alterations and nice detail. Clifford L. Kraft...Wednesday, Jul-03-02 17:46:42
   Postscript: When I look at "Nip and Tuck" I see a Mom with her two cubs, Nip being the larger and stronger is like Mom's shadow, with anything that becomes available being his. Now Tuck is smaller, "the runt if you will", bringing up the rear and having to fight for everything. Good or bad, he can't take a chance on missing out, because if he does he will never catch up with Nip. If he has the will to keep fighting he will be another Sam. If not then he just won't keep up and won't make it. I see this whole novel every time I look at the coin. Spooky Huh? Clifford L. Kraft...Sunday, Jul-07-02 19:13:47

   Samson: I'm sure you don't recognize this guy, but I'm just as sure all the other bears in his area do. This is SAM, (L-53), short for Samson, He is, as well as a very large Grizzly, also SAUL's big brother and NIP and TUCK's Dad. SAM lives on love, love of buffalo meat, thats why he hangs around nickel carvers. Like he says; "With claws and teeth like these, I'm not going to live on berries and nuts!" SAM's idea of a sandwich is a person in a goose down sleeping bag, "Messy, but good!", and if they happen to have a package of cookies in there with them, so much the better. After looking at himself in the mirror, SAM had to admit; "It's been a good summer." He is now looking for a place to den up later this fall, do you have such a place? He is very good at dog and critter control, even an occasional deer or moose (in season of course.) He is completely hand carved (no power tools) on a 1913 T-1 XF buffalo nickel with some nice alterations and details. Clifford L. Kraft...Thursday, Jul-04-02 18:11:04
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1794 "CUD" Dollar on 1971-S Eisenhower Proof Dollar
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  • Here's Proof That "I Like Ike!"
       Ron's standard silver dollar planchets are 89.24% pure silver and really take a wonderful strike with his original equipment. As one would expect harder alloys do not work as well generally. HOWEVER... the silver Proof Eisenhower dollars are 80% pure silver clad over an inner layer of 20.9% pure silver and, as you can see here, they take an excellent strike as well. There is very little of the original Ike Dollar impression remaining on this strike. I had two of these pieces created and both turned out equally as well. The CUD retains the brilliant original proof surface and is really impressive. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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1787 New Jersey Cent
Magniformed from 30.7-31.0mm down to 22.6-23.4mm using 4500 Joules.
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  • A Brace Of Magneformed Horses
       I first introduced you to magniformed coins in SBsubject Link:Honest Mom... I Never Touched It! Bert has to special wind coils for non-standard diameter specimens so he went to a lot of extra effort to smash these GMM creations for me and I REALLY appreciate it. If I remember correctly he even had to go to the hardware store and purchase different dowel rods to use for those special sized coils. That was definitely above and beyond the call of duty.
       Both of these pieces were reduced to roughly 75% of their original size which, as you can see from the scans, is more significant that it might sound like at first blush. The 1787 New Jersey cent is not particular scarce but the 1788 Garden State Numismatic Association medal is a very difficult to obtain piece since there were only 200 struck. I was told quite recently that GSNA is down to their last three specimens which they are reserving for an as yet undefined future project. This may be the only magniformed specimen of the GSNA medal you will ever encounter.
       Here is what Bert had to tell us about these two specimens: The 1787 NJ Cent shrunk much more than the previous coins, indicating that either the specific alloy in these coins was softer or it was more electrically conductive (maybe pure copper?), and it turned out very nicely. The 1788 Garden State Medal also shrunk to about the same degree. Unfortunately, during shrinking, there apparently was an electrical arc-over near the coin when the work coil exploded - this happens occasionally during the shrinking process and is difficult to prevent. This caused an area of bluish "toning" (probably from copper being vaporized and redeposited from the work coil onto the coin) that can hopefully be carefully cleaned/removed. When this occurs on my clad coins, I remove it by using a soft toothbrush. There's also a slight nick on one edge from a high-velocity coil fragment striking the coin, which again sometimes occurs after the work coil has exploded. Sorry it didn't turn out better, but coin shrinking is still more of an art than a science I'm afraid. - EMail:Bert Hickman...Sun, 03 Feb 2002 17:02:44
       I think everything turned out GREAT and that Bert, being a typical Engineer, is definitely a perfectionist. For those of you who may be interested, here are some links to Bert's various webpages: Link:StoneRidge Engineering, Link:Making Small Change and Link:Shrunken Coins are now Available! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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1788 Garden State Numismatic Association Medal
Magniformed from 30.5mm down to 22.6-23.1mm using 4500 Joules.
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6/24
A Bob Shalowitz photograph.
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  • I Hope This Makes Sense!
    A Bob Shalowitz photograph.
       This is a 1796 half cent error offered by Bob Shalowitz (top100golf.) For the life of me, I cannot figure out where the unusual indent came from. Can you help? My wife and I both saw the same thing, and we are stumped. - Clifford Bolling...Tue, 28 May 2002 15:54:05
       I figured out what it is. The original struck piece was struck a second time with another struck half cent, overlapping, obverse down. The odd design was created from the back part of the liberty cap of both pieces overlapping slightly. The originally struck designs were enlarged-distorted by the second strike. The distorted design on this piece is slightly raised and the impression from the second piece is slightly incuse. When the back of both liberty caps are distorted and overlapping, this weird image is created. (I hope this makes sense!) I suspect the other coin from this pair has almost exactly the same image on it. - Clifford Bolling...Thu, 20 Jun 2002 17:43:01

       I really appreciate Cliff's continued input to the GMM ScrapBook project and I encourage any of the other Gallery Mint collectors to consider helping us document GMM related subject. Everybody is welcome! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

All photographs by Steven Adams.
Lewis Or Clark?
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   You wouldn't believe the fun I've been having the last couple weeks. My Corresponding Buddy and Master Engraver Steve Adams has been teasing me with bits and pieces of his latest carving as he was working on it. I would get a small graphics file every few days like the three shown here left, above and right. By the way, I guessed correctly (Lewis) on Steve's "Lewis or Clark?" ear test... reckon I just got lucky.
   My first indication that Steve was working on this super carving was the wonderful photograph shown here lower left. Here is what Steve had to say when he sent me this interesting scan: I am about half way through Lewis and Clark. It is turning out to be quite an undertaking, and with any luck I'll have it done in another week. As far as portraits are concerned, this will be the toughest carving to date. One can be tough, but two on one side creates problems to overcome. I am keeping this one under wraps until the buyer has the completed coin in his hands, after that feel free to show the scan I'll send you once the coin is done. Steven G. Adams...Sun, 9 Jun 2002 10:08:16
   I don't understand how Steve finds time to go fishing but, as shown here lower center, Dennis and Steve do get out on the water from time to time. Steve told me that Dennis has gotten a 14# Salmon already this season. Not a monster, but a decent fish to kick off the season.
   Finally today, June 23rd, I got the final carving photograph shown here lower right. Steve has been working on this creation for well over two weeks! I wish it still had the original nickel's date and the LIBERTY legend but Steve carved this to his customer's specifications and it certainly is a typical Adams masterpiece! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
It was actually my decision to carve the date away. When I did the original art I left the date off. It is extremely difficult to leave the date on with the depth of relief I work in, especially with two faces on one side of the coin. The scan doesn't show how deep this carving is. It almost goes through in two spots. The second thing is very relevant to this carving. Lewis and Clark is the first carving where I used a stereo microscope, not totally, but when I needed it. When I get the ring light for the scope, I will increase the use of the scope. Sam gave me some good advice before I purchased the scope. Oh, and by the way, Dennis has informed me he has now caught a 18 and 19 pound fish. I was home doing a carving and missed out. - Steven G. Adams...Mon, 24 Jun 2002 16:29:47
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A Lindy Stone photograph.
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1793/1996 26¢ "Value Added" Creation
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       One sure way to increase the value of your pocket change is to take it down to TheGuys and see what you can come up with. We haven't seen any custom strikes of the 1792 Silver Center Cent yet but you can bet they are on their way!
       I do wonder how the Washington Quarter got struck "uniface". My best guess is that they laid a quarter on an unstruck large cent planchet thus allowing the Washington bust to not be particularly distorted. If so, then there ought to be a "second half" to this specimen.
       I like the fact the Kennedy Half was in great condition before being overstruck with the 1793 Liberty Cap Cent dies. The better the host coin the nicer the final creation is to the old FatMan. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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1793/1964 51¢ "Value Added" Creation
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A Lindy Stone photograph.

1796 "Burnt Die" Silver HalfCent
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  • One Couldn't Ask For A Better Start
       Yesterday Lindy sold this rare specimen to an eBay buyer who appears to have never bid on a Gallery Mint creation previous to this purchase. Well... one certainly couldn't ask for a more auspicious beginning to a GMM creations collection!
       Here is what Lindy had to say about this wonderful specimen: 1796 Gallery Mint Famous Burnt Half Cent dies struck on correct thickness stock but in Silver. Very limited production in Silver compared to the copper burnt die strikes. Inspite of the galling that occured in manufacturing production Ron was able to salvage the portrait and still use it as a master for die production. - Lindy Stone...Saturday, Jun-15-02 17:25:06
       We have visited the general subject of the burned die several times previous to this in SBsubjects; Link:1796 "Burned Die" HalfCent, Link:A Start On The HalfCent Dies and Link:Copper/Brass/Silver Burned Die Cent Set. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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42 Hobo Signs
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A.Word.A.Day--Yeggs
   When I stumbled across the word yeggs, in the 42 Hobo Signs graphic file, I was immediately intrigued because I had never heard it before. The link was provided by Mike Pezak, Nickel Carver, and I want to thank him for adding to my day. It is always a good day when I learn something new! So... my A.Word.A.Day (AWAD) for today is Yeggs! Actually, finding yeggs as I did has absolutely nothing to do with the superior work Anu does in his A.Word.A.Day (AWAD) website and mailing list. It is just that finding an interesting new word reminded me of that website.
 yegg n. Slang. A thief, especially a burglar or safecracker. [Origin unknown.] 
   Following is an unabashed and unapologetic advertisement for A.Word.A.Day, one of my VERY LIMITED EMail subscriptions, (my other one is Daily Dilbert): To subscribe or unsubscribe to A.Word.A.Day, send a message to EMail:wsmith@wordsmith.org with "Subject:" line as "subscribe " or "unsubscribe". Archives, FAQ, gift subscription form, bulletin board, and more at Link:wordsmith.org/awad. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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