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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

2003 ScrapBook Subjects
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Index
Links
Link: "Girl With Braids" And "Griffin"
Link: The Slot Machine Boxcar
Link: [ Sonny's "Baker's Dozen" - 5 carved Jeffs ]
Link: Michael Demling, Numismatist, EAC-781
Link: Rust-Alexander Marriage
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Link: An Athenian Didrachm In Solid GOLD
Link: [ Sonny's "Baker's Dozen" - 2 carved JFK proofs ]
Link: Medusa And Perseus
Link: Do You Want That Frosty Or Bright?
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Eureka Springs Treasure Trove

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1997 Ron Landis #145
1937D  Nickel  5.0g  21.2mm
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1995 Ron Landis #086
1936S  Nickel  4.5g  21.2mm
  • "Girl With Braids" And "Griffin"

  •    Ron's 1997 nickel carving #145 of a girl in braids is the fourth of a set of five carvings; Cowboy, Cameo Hobo, Bald Hobo "HOUSTON", Girl With Braids, and Clown. These were done as a demonstration in nickel carving at a numismatic convention in Houston, Texas in 1997. When you look at the enlarged scan one can tell it isn't as "finished" as he is famous for doing. Being carved as a demonstration in public and not in his private workshop certainly explains that. It is still a super neat carving with a wonderful provenance.
       Ron's 1995 nickel carving #086 of a griffin is a much more "finished" carving and has extremely high relief having been carved exceptionally deeply into the host nickel. Notice that he removed roughly a half a gram of metal while carving. This SUPERIOR carving is also COOL because it brings us back to his roots in the RenFest circuit where he got his start and for which we can be thankful since it put him on the road to where he and Joe are today... a premier private U.S. mint with a national reputation for excellence. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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    c.1994 Ron Landis (unnumbered)
    1994D  Nickel  4.9g  21.2mm
  • The Slot Machine Boxcar

  •    The TreasureTrove owner had purchased an old broken-down nickel slot machine years ago and had asked Joe Rust to restore it for them. Joe did his usual fantasmagorical work and while the machine was in the custody of TheGuys Ron decided to play a small joke. He carved the ES&NA boxcar shown above on a host Jefferson nickel and played the slot machine with it without telling anyone. Imagine the TTowner's surprise when their daughter won this unusual nickel while playing the slot machine.
       The Eureka Springs & North Arkansas railroad exists today as a small steam engine with about a mile and a half track at the north end of town. The station is the original train station built in the late 19th or early 20th century. They have dining cars and serve meals at supper time. During the day, they take tourists down the track and back in old passenger cars. The owner died about a year ago, and I believe his family still owns it and is keeping it open. I think it's still for sale for about a million dollars.
       We may be doing a project with them at some point. Remember how we used to place pennies on the track when we were kids? I want to supply them with an engraved section of track where folks can create elongated cents in this manner. We've been toying with the idea for some time, and their mechanic is all for it. It would be a unique way of producing a numismatic item. Instead of destroying a cent, it would transform it into an elongate. Ron Landis... Monday, November 24, 2003 10:24AM

       This was just a "quickie" carving but Ron's natural talent clearly shows regardless. It isn't immediately apparent from this relatively small scan but Ron did "sign" this TTcarving by modifying the "RI" in "PLURIBUS" to a crude "RL." I love this TTcarving because it has both a "story" and direct ties to Eureka Springs', and thus GMM's, locality. The fact there actually is an ES&NA railway is definitely COOL! I think Caroline and I will take a ride in their dining car next year... maybe we'll take my 85 year old Mother along as she would get a big kick out of eating in a railway coach! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
    Link:www.esnarailway.com
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    Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railway
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    1997 Beret/Mustache #016
    1964D  Nickel  4.8g  21.2mm
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    1997 Balding/NoWig #018
    1964D  Nickel  4.8g  21.2mm
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    1997 "Jeff" #023
    1954D  Nickel  4.7g  21.2mm
    Sonny's "Baker's Dozen" - 5 carved Jeffs

    #026 Hallmark
       Whenever a nickel carver decides to "move away" from using Buffalo nickels as hosts for his work he takes a risk. Some collectors have strong preferences for carvings on Buffs and most of us at least tend to prefer Buffs over other carvings.
       I will readily admit that Sonny's Jeffs are noticeably better than most I have encountered in the past. I would love to have one of Sonny's Jeffs for my collection for the sake of diversity and completeness but I also admit that I'd rather have a Buff carving myself. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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    1997 "ShipMate" #026
    1996D  Nickel  4.8g  21.2mm
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    1997 Beard/NoWig #028
    1996D  Nickel  4.9g  21.2mm

    As a special bonus to all who purchase ScrapBook CD-ROMs...
    ...the provenance materials provided by Sonny for his carvings:
    A signed handwritten Image:2x2 coinholder for "Jeff."
    A signed handwritten Image:2x2 coinholder for "ShipMate."
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    Copper  7.0g  22-22.4mm
  • Michael Demling, Numismatist, EAC-781

  •    Ron told me he recalled using both uncirculated and proof halfcent obverse dies to strike the Demling tokens. The token in the TreasureTrove definitely looked to me to have been struck with a proof obverse die. So... I went to GMM DieExpert Cliff Bolling and here is what he had to tell us.
       I think there were only two different Proof obverse dies for the 1793 half cent. The die used on this token certainly appears to be a proof die, but it is not either of the two dies used to strike the Proof coins, it is a third die. It also does not match the only Uncirculated obverse die, so it is something I have not seen before. Neat! Shown below is a photo of the two Proof obverse dies I know about. Notice how the point of the bust and the pole are practically to the denticles on the Demling token. Clifford D Bolling... Monday, November 24, 2003 7:37PM
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       Earlier I made an effort to learn more about these interesting tokens directly from Michael Demling himself and this is what he had to tell us:
       I looked for my tokens and it seems I've misplaced them. We've been doing a lot of construction on the house and things have been put up in boxes.......you know the drill.
       I don't recall Ron using proof and non-proof dies but I do recall that there were two different applications of the edge lettering. I also had Ron strike my token in silver and brass. Unsure about quantities. Does Ron have records of the amount he made for me? Also... I have the reverse die he prepared for the token. They were made in 1997. Michael Demling... Friday, November 14, 2003 11:18PM

       I checked the edge of the TTtoken and it says TWO HUNDRED FOR A DOLLAR which is the normal halfcent planchet edge. I have another trip to Eureka Springs scheduled for early December so I will let all y'all know if I can find out anything further from Timothy or Ron. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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    Pewter  4.1g  20.8-21.1mm
  • Rust-Alexander Marriage

  •    Until I saw this nice bright pewter token in the TreasureTrove I was blithely unaware of its existence. When I asked Ron about it I think he told me that 200 specimens were struck and distributed to the wedding guests. He told me that Mr. Alexander is from Great Britain and that many of his family members joined the happy couple in Colorado for the ceremony. So... not only were these tokens scattered to the winds, generally among non-collectors, but the winds blew a number of them across the Atlantic ocean to Europe. Good luck in ever finding a specimen for your Landis/GMM collection! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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    Gold  15.6g(0.50oz t)  17.8-18mm
  • An Athenian Didrachm In Solid GOLD

  •    This little button of gold feels very small when you handle it. It is smaller than the small pewter tokens TheGuys strike on their MiniMint. It is the size of a U.S. dime although dramatically thicker than that familiar coin. Because of that... it is a full half ounce of gold which is a significant amount of value in the gold content alone. That is why this beautiful creation is so RARE... few folks are willing to invest the funds necessary to have it created. This is a fantastic numismatic specimen and one the TreasureTrove owner is justifiably proud of. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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    1998 "Young John" #032
    1964P  Silver PROOF  12.3g  30.6mm
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    c.1998 "Soldier" #033
    1984S  Copper-nickel clad PROOF  11.2g  30.6mm
    Sonny's "Baker's Dozen" - 2 carved JFK proofs

    #032 Hallmark
       Here Sonny has gone even further afield with his carving. The solid silver host JFK resulted in a much nicer carving than the copper-nickel clad host JFK did. The silver JFK has some sculpting going on which helps it of course. The other JFK really is really just simple engraved lines and is... to my old eyes ...the much less desirable of this pair of carvings. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

    As a special bonus to all who purchase ScrapBook CD-ROMs...
    ...the provenance materials provided by Sonny for his carvings:
    A signed handwritten Image:coinflip insert for "Young John."
    A signed handwritten Image:2x2 coinholder front for "Soldier."
    A handwritten Image:2x2 coinholder back for "Soldier."
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    Medusa Medal - Serial#40
    Silver
      158.2g(5.09oz t)  53.7-55.9mm(diameter)  6.4-8.6mm(thickness)
  • Medusa And Perseus

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       This huge 5oz. "Medusa" silver medal was struck in quite similar numbers as was Ron's other... smaller but thicker ...5oz. "Numismatic Arts" silver medal. For some reason I had never seen one in person previous to this find in the TreasureTrove. I knew it existed because Ron had included a picture of a specimen (shown here on the left) in one of his early Collectors' Update publications.
       When the TTowner made the mistake of telling me they had a Medusa medal nothing would do until I wrangled an invite to their home to see this elusive Landis medal. It was framed behind glass but on my next trip to Eureka Springs it was graciously removed from that secure housing so I could scan it and take its vital statistics for all y'all. My hat is off to the most gracious TTowner... THANK YOU from all Landis fans!
       I had difficulty scanning this medal because the deeply sculpted obverse reflected light much differently than the relatively flat reverse. The medal is actually a nice frosty light silver color but at least the scan I created shows you the wonderful detail Ron was able to capture in this superfragiliciousexpiallidociuos medal. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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    Winged Lady "Numismatic Arts" Medal - Serial#40
    Silver
      156.8g(5.04oz t)  46.7mm(diameter)  11.2mm(thickness)
  • Do You Want That Frosty Or Bright?

  •    I have seen this 5oz. silver "Numismatic Arts" medal come up and sell several times over the past few years. I feel it shows up fairly often because it appealed mostly to numismatic collectors and thus appears in dealer/seller hands more often than the "Medusa" medal. When non-collectors acquire numismatic items those pieces rarely find their way back into the numismatic collectors' community.
       Ron had told me that they had to "process" these large medals in order to "clean them up." I assume this was done by removing unwanted excess metal by hand and then tumbling the medals to shine them up and smooth out any material removal areas. My personal preference is for numismatic specimens that have the natural luster that is generated by being struck with the dies. Here in the TreasureTrove we are fortunate to encounter examples of both medal surfaces... frosty and bright. These medals are definitely scarce enough that finding two specimens together in a collection is an unusual event. These medals have a significant amount of value tied up in just the silver alone because of their massive size. This substantial initial cost would naturally constrain sales considerably and make them scarcer than smaller silver medals.
       The TreasureTrove owner also had this pair of medals framed and hanging on their wall alongside the "Medusa" medal. Again they graciously took their display apart so I could document these TTmedals for all y'all. A person meets the most fantastic people when pursuing numismatic studies... what a great life! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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    Winged Lady "Numismatic Arts" Medal - Serial#38
    Silver
      155.1g(4.99oz t)  46.7mm(diameter)  11.2mm(thickness)
    Link:Eureka Springs Treasure Trove Collection Inventory.