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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 8, February 24, 2008, Article 18

EDWIN JOHNSTON'S GALLERY MINT MUSEUM COIN CABINET

Edwin Johnston of Houston, Texas writes: "I've recently
completed a collection of small pewter medalets issued
by the Gallery Mint Museum. They were created on the mobile
mint screw press that was transported around to various
coin shows and other events over the years from 1996-2006.
They are all hand engraved original designs and many depict
versions of historically significant coin designs.

"The online cabinet itself features small scans of 42
different types, chronologically arranged. And each piece
is linked to a larger and higher resolution scan with
additional information about it, as well as related links
of interest. Some of the links lead to scans of similar
pieces that are off-metal strikes and other curiosities.

"I began my collection of these in 1997 when the Gallery
Mint Museum participated at the Money Show of the Southwest
in Houston. I added to the collection in a piecemeal fashion
when I could find them. In late 2004 I began the online
collection with a couple of dozen pieces. Through patience
and persistence I was able to find all the rest of the
known types during the ensuing years.

"I have intended this collection to be an educational
reference of a single aspect of the Gallery Mint Museum's
vast output. It encompasses many areas of interest to
students of numismatics. The designs are fantastic, mostly
created by noted engraver Ron Landis, with occasional
collaborations. The subject matter is historical, referencing
numerous coins, both popular and rare. The pieces themselves
are often lighthearted and humorous. They also serve as a
record of events around the country during a period of
just over a decade.

"In my opinion, this collection represents a legacy of
numismatic fellowship and goodwill, captured in the
combined use of art and technology."

To visit Edwin's Coin Cabinet, see:
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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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