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Index
Links
Link: How Do You Make A Pewter Lincoln Cent?
Link: A Set Of Capped Die Pewter Tokens and A Set Of Fanciful Pewter Tokens
Link: "Just" A Brockage Pair! and "Just" A Mated Pair!
Link: [ Hutt River Province ]
Link: Maria Theresa Strikes Again
Link: The Mad Hatter's Hat Band
Link: Here's Something Different
Link: MiniMint At 2003 ANA Summer Seminar
Link: [ Brother Can You Spare a Dime? ]
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A Mike Ellis photograph.
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  • How Do You Make A Pewter Lincoln Cent?

  •    I made four 1974 PEWTER cents... only have one and only two looked good. They look like ALUMINUM cents! It is actually a counter brockage of a 1974-D with the D removed on the original cent by Ron. I tell you... I just learn more all the time with these guys. I am learning that too many of the type coins in slabs showing up as brockages, etcetera, are simple fakes! These are very easy to reproduce with a screw press! I have long been suspicious of them and I feel sorry for the grading services for slabbing so many of them these days. Oh well.... Michael Ellis... Sunday, July 27, 2003 5:53PM
       The 1974 pewter Lincoln cent has the "dies" shown with it. Of course this is merely a double sided counter brockage but it is way cool! Remember... it was a 1974-D cent that was used to make the die tokens but I gave it to the kid who loaned it to me. His name is David Smock and he is confined to a wheel chair. David was the director of the YN Auction the second week. He has one of the four that were struck. Michael Ellis... Tuesday, July 29, 2003 11:29AM
       Hard to believe that one can create "dies" of pewter using two pewter planchets sandwiched around a Lincoln Cent. That these "dies" can then be used in turn to strike other pewter tokens is a good thing to learn. Of course they don't have much working life but when you are only after a one or two basically unique specimens they obviously do the job. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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    Obverse "Die"(token) (on the left)         Reverse "Die"(token) (on the right)

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  • A Set Of Capped Die Pewter Tokens

  •    Here is a very nice capped die and one of the accompanying pieces produced while striking it. I'm not sure how many strikes were used as Tim made it for me. It is approximately 3/16ths of an inch deep! Notice the accompanying struck through capped die has a late stage brockage on one side and a mid stage counter brockage on the other. Also notice the edge lettering on the upturned edge. This is an excellent example of a "bottle cap" actually known as a capped die. Michael Ellis... Tuesday, July 29, 2003 10:52AM
       I have a nice capped die pewter token someplace myself but the struck through piece got discarded. I reckon this is the usual senario because it normally isn't a very pretty piece so most collectors just grab the "bottle cap" token and ignore the other one. Nice to see the set. Thanks Mike!

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  • A Set Of Fanciful Pewter Tokens

  •    Here are a couple of pretty "standard" pi鑓es de caprice but they are well struck and look really good displayed alongside the normally struck token. These sorts of tokens shouldn't be as difficult to acquire as experience tells me they are. It is just that most folks that see a token struck for them... or do it themselves ...are loath to ever turn loose of it. It isn't a matter of the collector value but simply the memories engendered by the token that are so valuable to each of us. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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    A Mike Ellis photograph.     Click for Reverses enlargement on CD-ROM

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  • "Just" A Brockage Pair!

  •    Here is a nice first strike brockage and the token used to produce it. I am sure there were several of these made. Probably dozens! Tim Grat has become quite knowledgeable and incredibly accommodating and I firmly believe he should be given much more credit for his contributions at GMM. He has been their coiner for six years now and is every bit as nice and fun as Ron and Joe! Oh yeah, the brockage was made by first striking a normal token then placing a planchet on top and striking again. Here are the two pieces involved and they do fit together like a hand in a glove. Michael Ellis... Tuesday, July 29, 2003 9:38AM

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  • "Just" A Mated Pair!

  •    Here is a mated pair of 2003 Summer Seminar tokens. I couldn't get them to lay on the scanner flat enough, but I think our viewers will get the picture. Michael Ellis... Tuesday, July 29, 2003 10:46AM
       While it is true that brockage and mated pairs of tokens are quite commonly made on the MiniMint... these are particularly well struck up pairs and worthy of the space and time required to show them to all y'all here. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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    LEFT Token
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    RIGHT Token

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    Mike Ellis photographs.
    Hutt River Province
       This specimen is a test strike... die trial ...on an extra thick strip of pewter. The die is genuine and for a one hundred dollar gold piece for the Hutt River Province in Australia, approximately 1900 I believe. There were VERY few of these struck, perhaps only three. The die belongs to Lane Brunner. He can tell you exactly how many were struck. Of course, the reverse (actually obverse I'm guessing) is uniface as Lane had only the one die. I'm not sure if any actual coins were struck with this die or not but supposedly there were. More research may be necessary. I guess you can call it Australian territorial gold. Michael Ellis... Tuesday, July 29, 2003 9:00AM
       The Hutt River Province dies were purchased off eBay about 6-9 months ago. From what I understand, the HRP was a group of Australians who found a loophole in the law that allowed them to secede from the government and produce their own coinage. The die I have is a reverse die for their $100 gold coin. I was told the seller "found it at a flea market". It is a nice piece, uncancelled, but the surface is slightly pitted. Tim struck four to six trials of the die in pewter. Lane J. Brunner... Friday, August 01, 2003 10:31AM
       I really don't have anything intelligent to say about this interesting die trial specimen. I didn't make this a GMM SBsubject, but rather just a sidebar, since... even though it was struck using the MiniMint ...Ron really didn't have anything to do with the die itself obviously. Perhaps some of you readers/numismatic scholars can provide us with some interesting facts about this die. Always nice to learn something new. I try and do that at least once each day.
       The webpage Link:Hutt River Province Principality provides extensive details about Hutt River history. Additionally... there are five webpages showing their coinage starting with Link: Coins of the Hutt River Province. These webpages load rather slowly because of all the graphics files used but there is a TON of interesting and detailed numismatic information provided. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
    Enlargements available on both WWW and ScrapBook CD-ROM Year: 1976
    Metal: 24 carat gold
    Condition: Proof
    Designer: Christine Normat
    Mint: Lombardo Mint
    Mintage: 500 (?)
    Diameter: 25 mm
    Denomination: $100
    Edge Type: unreeded
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  • Maria Theresa Strikes Again

  •    Here are two tokens struck with contemporary, hand engraved Maria Theresa Thaler dies measuring 19mm. We could only place one die (the hammer) in at a time as both would have been too long. Not sure how many were struck. I have but the one pair but these dies also belong to Lane Bruner and he may know how many were struck. Not too many... I'm sure! Some for my class and some for his. The GMM will likely never be able to make these again. My class was The Modern Minting Process with James Wiles and myself instructing and Lane's newly offered class was Coins in the Classroom taught by Don Kagin and Lane. These two classes had 11 and 7 students respectively. Michael Ellis... Tuesday, July 29, 2003 10:44AM
       As to the mini-thaler dies... I picked these up from an individual who was using them to practice engraving. They are about 19mm in diameter and a "replica" of the Maria Theresa thaler. They are a nice set of hand-engraved dies. We struck less than two dozen examples of the obverse and reverse combined with the 2003 ANA GMM error class reverse. I do not know the exact count as some "spectators" were taking examples as Tim struck them. None were struck using the "normal" 2003 ANA dies. Lane J. Brunner... Friday, August 01, 2003 10:31AM
       I have never had such a direct pipeline into the activities at the ANA Summer Seminar... this is fantastic! I always suspected that all sorts of inventive things were done using the MiniMint but now we get to see some of them thanks to Mike and Lane. WOW!!! I am totally blown away by all this neat stuff. Hope you are enjoying it as much as I am! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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  • The Mad Hatter's Hat Band

  •    I'm receiving a barrage of messages from folks as I send these pictures. Yesterday I sent pictures of a "creation" we called the "Exonumia festooned, Palm frond, stove pipe hat" for the YN auction the second week. On it, as a hat band, was a pewter strip of the GMM tokens from the 2003 ANA Summer Seminar! I hope you can see it in the picture. From left to right: 1) Chuck "Buddha" Irwin, donator of the hat; 2) Debbie Williams, constructor of the hat; 3) Colonel Joe Boling, successful bidder of the hat; and 4) "The Mad Hatter" aka Jack Jackson, aka Mike Ellis, aka ME! and the devilish master mind behind the hat!
       Joe says he is going to use the hat at some kind of festival in Seattle in September. He has a one man play he does and will be using it as a prop. The play: Joe Boling - The Play! Michael Ellis... Tuesday, July 29, 2003 9:30AM
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       I think it was Buddha, when originally trying to make the "hat band," who created this test strip. That is why I am keeping it as he is a very dear friend of mine. Buddha does not see well these days so Bob Bing took over duties of making the hat band for Buddha. It makes for an interesting test strip. Notice the strongest image is double struck as well. As always, I am delighted to contribute to THE GMM FAN SITE! Michael Ellis... Tuesday, July 29, 2003 11:01AM
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       When you have expert help like Mike Ellis building a SBsubject is a snap. Corresponding with such knowledgeable and generous folks as Mike makes my life much richer. Thanks for everything Mike! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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  • Here's Something Different

  •    The bronze medal is one commissioned (not through GMM) by Capt. David C. Klinger, USN, Ret. He is a retired Navy Submarine Commander! He was my "quad mate" at the Summer Seminar the one week I was there last year and both weeks this year. Of six beds in the whole quad, only Dave and I resided there both weeks. It is a Military Payment Certificate Club "Challenge Coin." These medals, when presented by an authorized challenger, entitle the challenger to a free drink if the person challenged does not have his medal on his person! They make for great fun and few people outside of the MPC membership are "authorized" to participate. I was given three such coins this year (only one of Dave's) so am honored to be included though I am not a member of MPC. I loved the star on Dave's medal so decided to brockage it. This is the only such set in existence. Michael Ellis... Tuesday, July 29, 2003 9:09AM
       You can tell that when Mike goes to Colorado Springs he has a fantastic time. Obviously he knows how to PARTY! I never knew how these military challenge coins/tokens worked... these must have come along after I did my stint in the Navy. Maybe they existed then but being a non-drinker I obviously wouldn't have encountered them. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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    A Ron Landis photograph.
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  • MiniMint At 2003 ANA Summer Seminar

  •    I'm including an image of the MiniMint at the recent ANA summer seminar. It was taken at one of the "Creative Errors" mini-seminars. Students get to spend three hours making their own error coins and playing with the equipment. I don't know who has more fun, the collectors making the stuff, or me watching them like little kids in a candy store. Ron Landis... Friday, July 18, 2003 3:51PM
       Again this year... Ron and Joe continue their generous support of those of us interested in numismatics, in one aspect or another, and of the American Numismatic Association itself. Someday I hope to be on the inside looking out instead of being... like now ...on the outside looking in with my nose pressed up against the Candy Store window.
       I only made one set of dies for this year's seminar. They were used for the tokens made for both banquets, and the second errors seminar. The first errors seminar, we mated the Indian Head side with the Creative Errors reverse, but realized there was no date with this combination, so we changed it for the next class to the regular die mating. Ron Landis... Tuesday, July 29, 2003 12:11PM
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       So this means that there is another VERY limited edition token... undated this time but struck at the first 2003 ANA Error Seminar at Colorado Springs ...that we need to keep our eyes pealed for in the future. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen


    The illustration... shown here on the right ...is a mockup I made to show what the undated Error Seminar tokens look like and is not a scan of an actual token.
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    Brother Can You Spare a Dime?
       eBay item 3037115768 (Ends Jul-27-03 17:51:32PDT) - HOBO NICKEL LEE's BO's "BUDDY". It's the late fall of 1932 and a lot more people are looking for work than are finding it. F.D.R. is coming up with his "New Deal," Crosby has just recorded his "Brother Can You Spare a Dime?" and "Buddy" (L-110) is on the street panhandling... singing his own "Brother Can You Spare a Dime?" Buddy has found that military people, especially soldiers, are the best to approach. I suppose because he knows they are working and are much more likely to have spare change in their pocket, he also knows it's almost time for the area's "Hobo Abatement Program" to go into effect. It's called "Winter." Buddy is looking -- looking very hard for any way he can go south. He, along with all his worldly possessions, are on his person and this 1937 BU coin. We wish you the best "Buddy." (If you're wondering... the hat is a size 7 1/2.) Clifford Kraft... Jul-22-03 17:51:32 PDT
       Summer is here and the heat is definitely ON here in the Kansa Territories. Things have been a bit slow lately on eBay with regards to carved nickels. Then up pops Cliff Kraft with this SUPER carving. I am pleased to learn that I am not the only fan of his fantastic carvings... here is a note from Master Carver Steve Adams: I feel compelled to tell you how much I enjoy seeing Cliff's carvings lately. He is showing a tremendous improvement in skill. He has always been creative, but now he is much more capable. In my opinion he has shown the most improvement of all of us lately. Steve Adams... Wednesday, July 23, 2003 9:55PM EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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