Ron Landis' Workbench ScrapBook  
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2007
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Link... A Very Merry Christmas!
Link... Edwin Johnston's J.T.Stanton Token Windfall
Link... Greg Franck-Weiby's Beautiful Little Tokens
Link... Trick-or-treating in Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Link... Striker Token and Medal Has Shut Down Operations as of October 31, 2007
Link... Piedfort Con$ept Dollars ... ICG Slabs signed by Ron Landis ... are Back!
Link... Forty-Niner Horseman  Pewter Die Trial 
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12/26
2007
A Very Merry Christmas!
   I got a package from Larry Lee's closeout on Christmas Eve and I've quite a number of things to remark on. I sent him a want list of numerous smaller diameter pieces, which he well provided, and then some. Here's the first set of scans with more to come.
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   257th Medical Company ~ As you can see the silver version is extremely well struck, with beautiful obverse toning. The reddish copper version has a strike that has only come up on one side of either face. If you ask me about the color, I could only guess that they tried heating that planchet up hot to make it soft, with limited success. This is my first ever of some type of experimental GMM piece.
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   1997 ANS Coinage of the Americas Conference and 2002 ANA Summer Seminar Art of Engraving 10 year anniversary ~ I don't think that you have either of these images on your site. There were only some very low-rez images of them in previous GMM auctions. I got these, the ANS in pewter and the ANA in silver, because they are co-creations with Virginia Janssen. The process for the ANS piece that Janssen used is detailed on this page of yours: Special American Numismatic Society Medal. Each of them have their initials on either side of the medalet. On the "Art of Engraving" piece, I would guess that Janssen did the obverse featuring the hands and Landis did the reverse featuring the branches.
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   1995 Stanton token ~ I got my hands on a silver Stanton token with the Type 1 reverse. Now all I'm missing is the Type 1 brass and anything overstruck on a nickel. ~ Edwin Johnston
11/22
2007
Edwin Johnston's J.T.Stanton Token Windfall
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   Recently Edwin acquired the scarce J.T.Stanton token by Ron Landis shown here on the left.
   What is REALLY cool is that he also captured the unissued copper pattern trial strike and exceptionally rare silver presentation strike shown above. This makes a superlative set of three tokens that any “Ron Landis” collector would justifiably take great pride in owning. Contratulations on your acquisition Edwin... you are one lucky fellow! ~ V-Dubya
On a related theme... Mike Wallace provides photos of two J.T.Stanton “Trading Cards.”
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11/19
2007
Greg Franck-Weiby's Beautiful Little Tokens
Pacific NW Numismatic Association
Tukwila WASH
April 13-15 2007
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Willamette Coin Club
Portland OR
October 13-14 2007
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   A couple of years ago I aquired an old screw press small enough for me to haul to coin shows, so now my coining demos are of 'modern' (i.e. late 18th - early 19th century) coining technology instead of my medieval cold struck hand hammered demos. With its mounting and counterweights, the whole thing weighs about a quarter ton (I use an engine crane to get it in and out of my truck). It's such a pain in the neck to move it that I only do a couple of coin shows per year: the Pacific Northwest Numismatic Association annual convention in Tukwila WA in April and the Willamette Coin Club/PNNA show in Portland OR in October (although I also did the Salem Numismatic Association's 50th anniversary show in Salem OR last year).
   I do the same type for both shows each year, but with different inscriptions for the Tukwila and Portland shows. Last year I made the specialized punches to sink dies with the design of the Spanish Colonial 'pillar' type one real (same as the half, two, four and eight reales). [For the SNS anniversary ("pioneering numismatics in Oregon") I did an original design based on the 'pioneer family' sculpture at the State Capitol.]
   The Tukwila show commems are a limited edition (PNNA gets the dies at the end of the show) with total mintages of a little over a thousand pieces (including presentation pieces in silver and collector sets with pewter, copper, silver and gold). The Portland show commems are pewter only and not a limited edition (e.g., I struck more of last year's at this year's show), but ironically, mintages are much smaller, less than 200 pieces.
   For the flowing hair type, my dies were cloned from dies cut by Ron Landis of the Gallery Mint Museum. I just did the border dentilation and new inscriptions. I used letter punches cloned from letter punches made by Ron Landis. He only made the letters he needed for a given coin - that's why the 3 and 5 in the date are way too big - they were from a different letter set. Also, Ron has a punch holder jig for neater letter positioning, while I have to do it just by eye. For next year, I'll be using dies cloned from the dies for the GMM repro of the draped bust half dime. I'll probably try to get two years worth of commems out of the Liberty bust die by doing my own version of the heraldic eagle for the other side the second year.
   Tom Maringer of the Shirepost Mint did the hubbing for me. After Ron Landis dropped out of the business after Joe died, and Larry Lee bought GMM, spinning off the production part as 'Striker Mint', Tom was lending a hand, as Tim Grat knows all the production processes except for the die work. The deal was sharing resources, as Tom had acquired most of the old dies from the Stange Co. in St. Louis. In exchange for his help in the shop and cloning from old Stange dies, Tom got to use old GMM dies. He took patrix impressions from old GMM working dies; I then removed the original inscriptions from the patrices; Tom hubbed matrices from patrices; I added new inscriptions before the new dies were heat treated.
   Medieval coins (the style of most of what I've been doing) generally have sloppy letter punch positioning, and, with larger letters (e.g. the 2mm tall Roman Capitol style letter punches I made and used on, e.g. the dos mundos type commems) one can get away with relatively casual letter positioning. However, with tiny letter punches, a similar amount of slop in letter positioning looks a lot more glaringly obvious. Finishing the die faces with 1200 grit emery gives those near mirror surfaces in the fields. ~ Greg Franck-Weiby

11/1
2007
  Trick-or-treating in Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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   A quick trip down on October 31st and a dash home on November 1st yielded me a sack full of goodies... you just have to know which doors to knock on! My loot included an Octopus carved in Colorado Pink Alabaster by Sonny Carpenter (12" wide by 8.5" high ~ considerably more massive than a gallon milk jug) and six Ron Landis carvings, the five nickels you see here below and a wonderful “Doe Brothers” silver round.
  The Landis nickel carvings are described briefly here: 1) Ron's very first skull before he had a model to work from so this one was totally from his imagination. 2) Ron's horse and castle is a tongue-in-cheek take off on the G.W. “Bo” Hughes Donkey and Cabin classic carved nickel. 3) Ron's rampant dragon is the precursor for his rampant eagle design which he used in the creation of his small U.S. dollar reverse design submittal which was a design finalist. Since I collected all of Ron's “Concept Dollar” patterns I was excited to have the opportunity to acquire this specific carved nickel. 4) Ron showed his customary creativity when he sprinkled the field above his great elephant sculpture with the night sky. A really nice touch to a great carving! 5) Ron's hatchling dragon only partially out of his shell is my all time favorite dragon carving hands down! All of these carvings were done in 1994... thirteen years ago.
Ron Landis Carvings
First Skull “Mind's Eye”
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Horse and Castle
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Con$ept Dragon
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Nighttime Stroll
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Hatchling Dragon
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   Seven early nickel carvings; one each by Sam Alfano, Steve Adams, Joe Paonessa, and William Massey plus three nickels carved by Sonny (including his very first carved nickel... serial number 1) were added to my sack. To cap it all off were six classic nickel carvings which included a Peanut Ear and a G.W. “Bo” Hughes 1931-S specimen. ~ V-Dubya
Recent Carvings ~ Circa the latter 1990's
Steve Adams
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Sam Alfano
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Joe Paonessa
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William Massey
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Sonny Carpenter {1}
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Sonny Carpenter {8}
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Sonny Carpenter {29}
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Classic Carvings
1913 Type1
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1913 Type2
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Undated Type2
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Undated Type2
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1927 “Peanut Ear”
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1931-S G.W. “Bo” Hughes
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10/31
2007
Striker Token and Medal
Has Shut Down Operations as of October 31, 2007
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10/8
2007

Piedfort Con$ept Dollars
ICG Slabs signed by Ron Landis
...are Back!
   Piedfort means literally “heavy weight”... from the French pieds=weight and fort=strong or heavy.
   The pronunciation should be pea-ed-four, with the final “t” sounded only softly if at all.
   These are struck on planchets of about double the normal weight and thickness.

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   In August of 2006 an eBay Seller “davidc729” offered these two slabs.
   He wanted a minimum of $1,500 and I don't believe he got a single nibble!
   Here in October of 2007 he is asking $15,000 for the pair. I certainly wish him luck! ~ V-Dubya

9/6
2007
 Forty-Niner Horseman  Pewter Die Trial 
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Note that the Pewter strike has medal die alignment while the Gold strike has coin die alignment.
     Online “Monaco Financial” records indicate that there were 4,000 strikes using S.S. Central America recovered gold done at the Royal Canadian Mint from Ron Landis' “Forty-Niner Horseman” dies. I knew there were also a handful of pewter die trials struck from his dies prior to adding the 1857/0 overdate. Here you see Ron's personal pewter and gold specimens. Now we only need to track down how many pewter die trials were slabbed by PCGS to get the rest of the story. ~ V-Dubya
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     September 8, 2007 ~ The two silver “die trials” shown above in the center were documented at auction as #13 of 50 and #49 of 50. So now we know how many silver strikes were slabbed by PCGS!
August 16, 2003 GMM ScrapBook News Item...
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J&H
Ingot#
Qty.
Minted
4050
4220
4258
4282
4293
4328
4330
1,145
1,070
249
385
116
346
213
  3,524
• Presented by Monaco Financial, LLC
     The Forty-Niner Horseman Ship of Gold Commemorative is an absolutely stunning gem-Proof gold piece struck from Justh & Hunter California Gold Rush gold ingots recovered from the 1857 shipwreck of the S.S. Central America - the legendary "Ship of Gold." - Monaco Financial
     Richard Teschler sent me two beautiful publications; 1) a 10 page reprint from the March 1992 issue of LIFE Magazine entitled The Greatest Treasure Ever Found (which my eighty-five year old mother sat down and read cover to cover, every word ... the highlight of her week she said) and 2) a 25 page undated catalog entitled A Catalog Of Treasure From The S.S. Central America. Both are high quality full-color publications and the level of numismatic detail provided in the catalog is quite exceptional.
     Ron Landis tells us that there were 33-34 pewter specimens struck at GMM from the original dies. He also informs us that there were 100 (9/8/07 correction: 50 ~ vrw) silver specimens struck at the Royal Canadian Mint from the same dies used to strike the 3,524 gold specimens from the seven gold ingots.
     I remember someone telling me that, in addition to the seven ingot number counterstamped gold specimens, there was some number of an eighth specimen created from gold "left over from the seven ingots." I know I don't follow the precise logic here so perhaps we will learn more later on.
     The Monaco folks also sell Ron's Kellogg $50.00 "Quintuple Eagle" Commemorative Restrikes as well as recovered ingots, coins, gold dust and related S.S. Central America items. I'm sure Richard Teschler would be happy to hear from any interested persons at 1-888-751-1933 (extension 4534.)
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WWW-Link: Monaco Financial
  WWW-Link: Ship Of Gold - Historical Relics, An Epic Story and Own a Treasure  
WWW-Link: Ship of Gold - Journey Through History
SB-Link: Keep Your Eyes Open!
SB-Link: Our First Glimpse Of The Horseman
SB-Link: Still Watching For The Horseman
SB-Link: Presented by Monaco Financial, LLC
SB-Link: A horse is a horse, of course, of course
SB-Link: Brother... Can You Spare A Fifty?