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2004 ANA Summer Seminar
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Verne R. Walrafen ~ Summer 2004

This report dedicated to the hard working ANA staff who made it all possible!   You all know who you are.

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      When Gail Baker EMailed me that V-Dubya was one of the two adult members drawn out of the hat for a 2004 OHNS scholarships to the ANA Summer Seminar I had to pinch myself to make sure I was awake. Right off the get-go here I want to thank the OHNS founding members that had the foresight and good will to make the promotion of numismatic education a primary goal of their fledgling organization. Next I want to express my thanks for all the OHNS members who support our organization and make these scholarships possible. THANKS everybody!

      You wouldn't believe the wonderful time that we all had in Colorado Springs. I met people that I had never met before but had corresponded with for as long as thirty years. I met new folks such as Aaron Combs, the recipient of the OHNS Young Numismatist scholarship for the first session he is a fine young man. I also renewed and strengthened old relationships with long time friends such as Richard A. Long and Jose Flores... I was fortunate to be assigned Jose as a roommate and that was a real blast! Finally I met many ANA staff members and was, without exception, greatly impressed.

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      Since the "Digital Photography" course was already fully subscribed I elected to take the "Coins of the Mexican War for Independence 1810-1822 and the Revolution 1913-1917" class taught by Rickard Long. We had a Mexican, a Canadian and two German citizens in the class so we figured our group held the mileage record for all the classes being held just a guess. Shown here left to right are (front) Dan Gosling, Marina Fernandez, Jose Flores, Sebastian Frommhold, (back) Chuck Mattson, Richard Long, Verne Walrafen, Ralf Bopple, Guenter Frenzel and James Howard and (not pictured) Andy Lustig. As fine a group of people as it has ever been my pleasure to share time with.

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      There were evening "bull sessions" including one where a set of printing plates from the American Banknote Company were donated to the ANA Museum. There I met Christopher Madden, banknote picture engraver with the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and president of the Banknote Engraver's Guild. Chris is a most interesting and talented fellow. I acquired the interesting original Chris Madden art print shown here that he calls "Hobo Stamp." You can read all about it on our website at www.hobonickels.org/scraps02.htm#stamp.


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      Aaron and I joined a group of Seminar attendees that took the "Pikes Peak Cog Railway" up to the summit of Pikes Peak. About two-thirds of the way to the top we entered the clouds and shortly thereafter we found ourselves in a moderately heavy snowstorm. When we got to the top one couldn抰 see thirty feet so much for the panoramic view. We spent the layover in the snack bar which was “an experience” even if it wasn抰 the one we had hoped to have.

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      A highlight at every session is the "Creative Errors" Evening Mini-Seminar put on by the Gallery Mint folks... Ron Landis and Mike Ellis. Here you see Ralf and me watching Mike melt pewter to make strips for planchets. GMM had specially created dies (above right) made for this seminar.
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It turned out that a young attendee was quite unreasonable and monopolized the screw press much of the time. I finally just gave up and sat back in frustration. I made special arrangements to get a few pieces struck later but we found that the roller-mill had shelled out its gears which put an end to that idea. It turns out that the folks who had signed up for this event in the second session had to fall back on a set of token dies (here on the left) that GMM had just made for the ANA in order to use some previously made reeded edge planchets. Those folks got some really unique tokens you just had to be in the right place at the right time I reckon.

      My MOST FUN was the thirty recent nickel carvings I carried with me everywhere. Whenever I found the opportunity I hauled them out for show-and-tell. Without fail these pieces were met with amazement and I always drew a crowd of excited on-lookers. Naturally I'm gratified that everybody shared my enthusiasm!

Verne R. Walrafen, RM#620

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