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This is a great way of answering questions that come up a lot. 
Ron Landis ...Sun, 30 Jul 2000 11:59:06
2002
ScrapBook Subjects
Page
Index
Links
Link: SS Central America Commemorative Mintages
Link: [ Edge Of The Strip ...or... End Of Rail? ]
Link: Time Is Running Out Folks
Link: They Fit Together Perfectly!
Link: [ There Are Other Active Nickel Carvers! ]
Link: Who Knew??
Link: [ Nickel Carvings From The Kentucky Hills ]
Link: Now THAT's A Dragon!
Link: [ Nickel Carvings From The Past ]
Link: Found Among eBay's Coins:Exonumia:Medals
Link: A Fun Time At The 2000 FUN Show
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11/23

Proof

Obv.Die
1855 $50 Gold
SS Central America Commemorative
Mintages

Rev.Die

Uncirc.
Proof strikes
8/20/01 Day 1 493
8/21/01 Day 2 84
8/22/01 Day 3 126
8/23/01 Day 4 109
8/24/01 Day 5 25
8/25/01 Day 6 128
8/26/01 Day 7 200
8/27/01 Day 8 156
Proof strikes
8/28/01 Day 9 50
8/29/01 Day 10 93
8/30/01 Day 11 56
8/31/01 Day 12 483
9/01/01 Day 13 105
9/02/01 Day 14 209
9/03/01 Day 15 487
9/04/01 Day 16 64
Proof strikes
9/05/01 Day 17 123
9/06/01 Day 18 203
9/07/01 Day 19 223
9/08/01 Day 20 101
9/09/01 Day 21 104
9/10/01 Day 22 153
9/11/01 Day 23 99
9/12/01 Day 24 587
Proof strikes
Total 4,461
 
  Uncirculated strikes  
8/26/01 Day 7 100
9/03/01 Day 15 93
9/07/01 Day 19 99
9/12/01 Day 24 200
Total 492
  • SS Central America Commemorative Mintages
       We have visited Ron's wonderful $50 gold creations in two previous SBsubjects; 1) Link:The S.S. Central America and 2) Link:But Honey... I Saved $1,500! When I found the mintage figures for these strikes I added them to both of those SBsubjects but I anticipate that most of my regular readers wouldn't be revisiting my older material so here are the mintages for those of you who are interested in such things.
       I also found a really neat shot (shown here on the right) of the top of one of the salvaged gold bars being sliced off in Joe's machine/work shop so that the remainder of the bar could be melted down to strike these beautiful "Ship Of Gold" commemoratives. I saw this operation in progress and it was definitely IMPRESSIVE! Every speck of gold was caught and accounted for in the process as one would expect. Someplace I read how many of these gold bars were used in the process but I can't put my finger on it right now... it definitely was a lot of work. Joe sure does great work! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

1603 - King Philip III - 2 Maravedies - Segovia Mint
Edge Of The Strip ...or... End Of Rail?
   One of my Spanish corresponding friends once told me that the sort of Roller Mill error shown above was called "final de riel" which, he informed me, meant "edge of the strip." I got curious so I went to my favorite translation source... AltaVista's Link:Babel Fish Translation. There I was informed that "final de riel" was "end of rail" and that "edge of the strip" was "borde de la tira." I have encountered this sort of confusion pervious when trying to jump between languages but I tend to trust my friend over an unthinking piece of computer software. None-the-less I thought this was of some small interest. Of course, the term "end of rail" could easily be applicable if the coin was punched out right at the end of the copper strip leaving the ragged edge from the end rather than the edge of the strip. I wonder which orientation was used for the coin designs when they were engraved on the roller dies?
   Actually, if one looks closely at the above coin, there are two different Roller Mill errors represented. In addition to being punched out near the edge or end of the copper strip, the two roller dies were a bit misaligned so that the rampant lion side of the coin is off-center.
   We have visited the subjects of Segovia and Roller Mills several times previously in SBsubjects; 1) Link:View Of The Segovia Mint Coining Station, 2) Link:News from Segovia, 3) Link:Struck at the New, Water-Powered "Royal Mill Mint", 4) Link:Rolled By Water Power and 5) Link:Rolled By Horse Power.
   Postscript: Upon giving this further thought I conclude that the orientation of the lion and castle must have been in the direction of travel of the rollers. The misalignment of the rollers caused the lion to be shifted down in relation to the castle. If the coins had been engraved so they came out side by side down the strip, oriented the long way on the rollers, then the misalignment would have caused a shift to the left or right. Furthermore, it then becomes self-evident that the ragged edge is indeed caused by the edge and not the end of the copper strip. I love it when the lights come on! Too bad I live in the dark most of the time.
   Well, computer never will replace man. Riel or tira is the same although machine use to translate different words. Tira is generic, riel is specific for metal so riel is a metal strip. Riel is for train and for coins, for curtains but all of them are "tiras of metal." I don't know if you understand this "word play." Alberto Jose Martin Sola...Saturday, November 23, 2002 3:50PM
   I knew it is always a good bet to put one's trust in people rather than in machines! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
   This is a large piece of eight reales, from my point of view, the most beautiful piece struck in the History and of course, minted in Segovia. It was sold recently in a local auction. Bid started at 450 Euros (Euros=USDollars) and ended at 575 Euros. Alberto Jose Martin Sola...Saturday, November 23, 2002 3:50PM
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1635 - King Philip IIII - 8 Reales - Segovia Mint
11/23
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  • Time Is Running Out Folks
       I know that Ron Landis is currently working diligently on his 2003 GMM Hobo Token dies because they will quit striking the above heavy silver 2002 tokens in just a few weeks. You can still order these great tokens from GMM for $12 each postpaid. Just call TheGuys at (888)558-MINT(6468). EMail:Verne R. Walrafen The new hobo token will be a self-portait of ugly ol' me. Ron Landis...Saturday, November 23, 2002 8:26AM

11/22
A Clifford Bolling photograph.
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  • They Fit Together Perfectly!
       eBay item 803259622 (Ends Nov-30-02 19:55:05PST) - Gallery Mint 1793 Lib Cap 1c Brockage Pair. This is an excellent set of Gallery Mint errors, a mated pair of 1793 Liberty Cap brockages. This was created when a cent was struck normally, then another blank was was placed on this struck piece, then struck again. This lot consists of BOTH PIECES, the top and bottom piece. They fit together perfectly. This coin is no longer being struck, so there won't be any more new ones. Clifford Bolling...Wednesday, Nov-20-02 19:55:05PST
       This brockage pair is from the same source as the four different pairs of various GMM cents featured in SBsubject Link:Four Brockage Cent Pairs. I know where those four brockage pairs went and they will never see the light of day again in my lifetime. Here is your chance to bid on this current offering. Just use this shortcut Link:Gallery Mint 1793 Lib Cap 1c Brockage Pair! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
Bill Fivaz photographs.
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Left Two: Joe Paonessa Carvings         Right One: Clifford Kraft Carving
There Are Other Active Nickel Carvers!
   There are easily over a dozen talented folks carving nickels at this moment in time. Both Joe Paonessa and Clifford Kraft have multiple nickel carvings in the FUN2003 OHNS auction. The ones I selected to show you above are being sold at the 2003 Florida United Numismatists Convention, as Lots #84, #85 and #76, in the Original Hobo Nickel Society's 11th Annual Mail & Floor Bid Auction on Saturday, January 11, 2003 at 10:00am. As I mentioned previously... You have to be a member of OHNS to bid on any of the carvings in the auction.
   It is my personal opinion that we are currently in a period of fantastic renewal of the art of nickel carving. I readily admit that I am not an expert in Original nickel carvings so I certainly haven't seen many of the best carvings from the past. Never-the-less, I put forth the proposition that there are better carvings being created today than in any previous time period. Below is a recent communication on the subject of rating our active carver's carvings which I received from Steven Adams. Steve is a premier active nickel carver that I admire beyond words. I precipitated Steve's comments when I observed that; "Provenance can only add to quality, not substitute for it!" in an EMail message to him. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
   It's hard to guess how ratings are established from one brain to another, but emphasis on active carvers will be what keeps the OHNS growing. With the limited supply of superior original carvings, it behooves the club to endorse active carvers. By helping to establish active carvers, the interest will grow, more members will join, more money will flow, more carvers will pop up, and collectors will be presented with a vast variety of carvings to choose from. There is plenty of room for old and new thoughts. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but carvings should be accepted for what they are. They are a folk art created by artisans of different skill levels, using different tools and methods, and being done in different time periods. I cannot help the fact that I was not around during the depression. If I was, and knew about this art, you can bet I'd have been doing it whether I was a hobo or not. Some did it out of necessity, others for the challenge and enjoyment. I think this art can be appreciated no matter what time period it comes from, and I still say active carving is healthy, and it keeps the older carvers alive and well. NOW, I am going to have to create another rating level. What shall I call it? I prefer to stay humble, but one of these days I really want to create a masterpiece. Something the other carvers will look at and say; "How did he do that?" Perhaps that will take a few more years. Wonder what it will be? Back to work! Steven G. Adams...Monday, November 11, 2002 2:40PM
Prices realized for these carvings: Lot#84...$495, Lot#85...$522.50 and
Lot#76...$132, which all include the 10% buyer's fee.

Click to visit the OHNS Website Five FUN2003 OHNS Auction SBsubjects
Link:There Are Other Active Nickel Carvers!
Link:Nickel Carvings From The Kentucky Hills
Link:Now THAT's A Dragon!
Link:Nickel Carvings From The Past
Link:Steve Adams' OHNS FUN2003 Aluminum Carving
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11/19
A Clifford Bolling photograph.
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  • Who Knew??
       eBay item 802724531 (Ends Nov-27-02 10:53:05PST) - GALLERY MINT 1796 PROOF 25c Struck Off Center. WHO KNEW?? I've always thought that the Gallery Mint PROOFS were the pinnacle of the minters art, the finest of all the GMM productions, BUT, apparently, somebody talked Ron(?) into striking one of their proof creations as an error, being struck off center! I'm sure there can't be many of these available. IN ADDITION, you can bet that this piece cost twice the original issue price to the original purchaser as a special strike, so the opening bid is less than the original issue price. COOL! This proof is No. 937 of the 1000 pieces minted. Clifford Bolling...Sunday, Nov-17-02 10:53:05PST
       Cliff sure turns up with some interesting Gallery Mint Museum pieces! I prefer Ron's "non-COPY" creations but this quarter certainly has to be a scarce item. Here is your chance to bid on this quarter. Just use this shortcut Link:GALLERY MINT 1796 PROOF 25c Struck Off Center! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
Bill Fivaz photographs.
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Nickel Carvings From The Kentucky Hills
   I have been a long time fan of Nickel Carver Bill (Jameson) Zach so you can imagine my delight when my draft copy of the OHNS Auction Catalog revealed six BillZach carvings all rated SUPERIOR by both OHNS Quality Designation raters. Enlargements available on both WWW and ScrapBook CD-ROM It certainly will be exciting to see what prices these carvings are hammered down at. I have always been of the opinion that it is the combination of quality and rarity that result in record prices. Perhaps having six carvings available in one offering will depress the final prices realized and perhaps not... I am eager to see what happens.
   These are being sold at the 2003 Florida United Numismatists Convention, as Lots #90-#95, in the Original Hobo Nickel Society's 11th Annual Mail & Floor Bid Auction on Saturday, January 11, 2003 at 10:00am. As I mentioned previously... You have to be a member of OHNS to bid on any of the carvings in the auction.
   Speaking of the Kentucky hills... Bill is tutoring an apprentice in the nickel carving art form, his own son Shane Jameson AKA Bo-Carver. You can see from Shane's fourth carving, shown here at the right, that he certainly has a promising future. Of course one could expect nothing less with Bill showing him the ropes. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
Prices realized for these carvings: Lot#90...$137.50, Lot#91...$275, Lot#92...$220, Lot#93...$192.50,
Lot#94...$302.50 and Lot#95...$137.50, which all include the 10% buyer's fee.

Click to visit the OHNS Website Five FUN2003 OHNS Auction SBsubjects
Link:There Are Other Active Nickel Carvers!
Link:Nickel Carvings From The Kentucky Hills
Link:Now THAT's A Dragon!
Link:Nickel Carvings From The Past
Link:Steve Adams' OHNS FUN2003 Aluminum Carving
Click to visit the OHNS Website
11/18
A Bill Fivaz photograph.
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1993 Landis Carving #003
  • Now THAT's A Dragon!
       I really shouldn't show all y'all this wonderful early Landis carving of a fantastic dragon since it is being sold at auction and I sure would like to own it myself. Oh well... sharing it with you is almost as much fun as owning it. Can you believe that this is only the third nickel carving that Ron Landis put his sequence number on? It is magnificant for such an early carving in the career of a new nickel carver. I wonder how many practice carvings Ron did before he started adding his sequence numbers?
       It is being sold at the 2003 Florida United Numismatists Convention, as Lot#60, in the Original Hobo Nickel Society's 11th Annual Mail & Floor Bid Auction on Saturday, January 11, 2003 at 10:00am. As I mentioned previously... You have to be a member of OHNS to bid on any of the carvings in the auction. I will be showing you several of the auction lots that were carved by other talented carvers shortly but I wanted to get this wonderful Landis carving posted for you right off. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
       Ron has discovered a way to carve a coin and not have to worry about the field. All you have to do is fill the entire coin with a beautiful carving that shows imagination, originality, and talent. Hell, if it weren't for the last three requirements, I could do it myself. Clifford L. Kraft...Monday, November 18, 2002 10:58AM
    Price realized for this carving: Lot#60...$660, which includes the 10% buyer's fee.

    Click to visit the OHNS Website Five FUN2003 OHNS Auction SBsubjects
    Link:There Are Other Active Nickel Carvers!
    Link:Nickel Carvings From The Kentucky Hills
    Link:Now THAT's A Dragon!
    Link:Nickel Carvings From The Past
    Link:Steve Adams' OHNS FUN2003 Aluminum Carving
    Click to visit the OHNS Website

       You wondered how many practice pieces I carved before numbering. The answer is none. I was aready an experienced engraver, and started numbering them from the start. I did however, carve two or three of them several years earlier (around 1989) that were not signed, and not finished. They are really crude, so bad that I refused to sign them. I was experimenting and found they were too time consuming to sell for $5 each (what I thought was the going rate at the time.) Ron Landis...Saturday, November 23, 2002 8:26AM
Bill Fivaz photographs.
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Nickel Carvings From The Past
   George Washington "Bo" Hughes and Bertrand "Bert" Wiegand carved many of the Original nickel carvings and there is a tremendous selection being offered in the upcoming FUN2003 OHNS auction. Enlargements available on both WWW and ScrapBook CD-ROM I can't show them all to you so I picked out six nice carvings that appealed to me. The first five nickel carvings, shown above, were done by "Bo" at various times throughout his creative/productive life and the last nickel carving, shown above on the lower right, was done by his buddy "Bert". I won't revisit the subject of "Bo" and "Bert" here as we have covered it previously in SBsubject Link:Romines Hobo Nickel Book Supplement.
   Of course, not all Original nickel carvings were carved by "Bo" and "Bert." Shown here on the right is "JK 1921", a great piece by an Unknown carver.
   These are being sold at the 2003 Florida United Numismatists Convention, as Lots #01, #03, #47, #49, #62, #63 and #64, in the Original Hobo Nickel Society's 11th Annual Mail & Floor Bid Auction on Saturday, January 11, 2003 at 10:00am. By the way... You have to be a member of OHNS to bid on any of the carvings in the auction. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
Prices realized for these carvings: Lot#01...$660, Lot#03...$396, Lot#47...$880, Lot#49...$770,
Lot#62...$1,045, Lot#63...$1,760 and Lot#64(shown here on the right)...$385, which all include the 10% buyer's fee.

Click to visit the OHNS Website Five FUN2003 OHNS Auction SBsubjects
Link:There Are Other Active Nickel Carvers!
Link:Nickel Carvings From The Kentucky Hills
Link:Now THAT's A Dragon!
Link:Nickel Carvings From The Past
Link:Steve Adams' OHNS FUN2003 Aluminum Carving
Click to visit the OHNS Website
11/10
Clifford Bolling photographs.
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GMM Annual Mint Medal Set
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11/5
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2000 FUN Show Tokens
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  • A Fun Time At The 2000 FUN Show
       The two Link:Florida United Numismatists pewter tokens shown above are representative of typical GMM show tokens struck by TheGuys on their MiniMint coin press since the normal numismatic convention attendee just can't resist the opportunity of having their tokens struck as "errors." It has been my experience that correctly struck show tokens are considerably more difficult to acquire than these sort of pi鑓es de caprice regardless of how interesting these imaginative creations undeniably are to most of us.
       Now then, the pewter token shown below is another case entirely. It is struck from a pairing of the 2000 ANA obverse die and the 2000 FUN reverse die. Again it is a pi鑓e de caprice but a much rarer one and a great addition to my midden heap.
       As an aside, the Link:Florida United Numismatists advertise that they sponsor the largest coin show in America. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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    2000 Winged Mercury Obverse
    2000 FUN Show Token Reverse MULE

    Double struck off-center.
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