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Original Hobo Nickel Society Mail & Floor Bid Auction - #21

To Be Held Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 10:00am
Orange County Convention Center, North Concourse
9400 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32819

     


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Auction totals include a 10% buyer's premium.

Lot 1 - Bearded Man Wearing Hat, Copy

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Peanut Ear Copy: Cast from 1913, No Reverse
Banks/Alpert: The obverse is a cast copy of carving by "Peanut Ear." Characteristic peanut shaped ear. The reverse is blank. The rim is tapered towards the obverse. Partial seam and copper visible along edge. Featured in BoTales cover story, Summer 2012, Volume 21, Issue #2. QD 11-MB-076

Sold for $71.50
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Lot 2 - Bearded Man Wearing Hat

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Unknown Classic: Average No Date T2 VF-XF
Banks/Alpert; Totally carved piece with small flat hat with large accented bow and band with horizontal lines. Coarsely carved hair and beard. Simple C-shaped tilted ear far back on head. Liner tool dressing on hat band and bow, collar and shoulder. Wriggle cut in field above hat. Profile unaltered. QD 11-MB-077

Sold for $88
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Lot 3 - Bearded Man Wearing Hat

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Unknown Classic: Ave/Ave(H) No Date T2 VG/F
Banks/Alpert: Large domed hat with narrow straight brim and band with three squares to form a bow. Roughly carved hair and punched beard, mustache and eyebrow. Partial ear below hat. Altered eye and nose. Lips enhanced. Cut lines form shirt collar and jacket lapel. Fields behind head roughly dressed. Most of LIBERTY removed. Nice eye appeal. QD 11-MB-078

Sold for $165
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Lot 4 - Bearded Man Wearing Hat

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Unknown Classic: Average 1916-P VG/F
Banks/Alpert: Large, simple hat with pointed brim. Small closely placed punch marks used for hair, mustache and long beard. Unpunched space between hair and sideburns in lieu of an ear. Punched eye, crow's feet. Altered nose with punched nostril. Double collar with lapel sitting below beard. Chisel dressed fields. QD 11-MB-079

Sold for $110
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Lot 5 - Bearded Man Wearing Hat

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Unknown Classic: Above Average 1936-P
Bill Fivaz: The hat or derby on this man is higher than is usually seen on these coins. It is a totally carved piece with the ear raised well above the surface of the coin. This is well above average in quality from the normal hobo nickels seen. Reg. No. F-031

Sold for $308
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Lot 6 - Santa Claus

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Howard Hughes Modern: Average ND T2 S mint F
Fivaz/Alpert; An unusual depiction of Santa with the peak of his cap down over the right side of his head. Lots of hair covers most of the head and face. Rounded nose. Although considered a modern artist, Howard Hughes was carving in the 1970's (classic period) up until the 1994. Signed "HH" on the reverse under the bison. Included QD paperwork has no QD number or registration number.

Sold for $121
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Lot 7 - Chinese Man Wearing Pointed Straw Hat

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Unknown Classic: AbvAve(H)/AbvAve 1936-S VF/XF
Fivaz/Alpert: The unknown talented artist who carved this piece probably worked circa 1940s-1960s. A nickel pictured on page 27 of the Hobo Nickel Guidebook by Stephen Alpert is most likely by this same artist. It also depicts an oriental man. Long stringy hair, nice eye and ear definition and a smile on the subject. Field nicely dressed, date and LIBERTY remain. Included QD paperwork has no QD number.

Sold for $412.50
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Lot 8 - Bearded Man Wearing Derby

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"Wrinkles"/? Classic: Above Average ND T2 S VG
Banks/DelFavero: Nice classic carving with three dimensional derby hat that resembles works by the artist nicknamed "Wrinkles." Nice engraved ear, eye, forehead lines (wrinkles), facial and head hair. Field is nicely dressed behind head and in front of face, giving a cameo look. Altered profile along with nostril and mouth. No collar. Great eye appeal. QD 12-MB-013

Sold for $907.50
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Lot 9 - Bearded Man Wearing Derby

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"Braidy" Classic: Average (High) 1913-P T1 VF-XF
DelFavero/Alpert: Carving by artist nicknamed "Braidy" (aka Telephone Ear 2). Hair and facial hair all made with circular punch which follows down braid to collar. Carving complete with textured hat, telltale collar, and altered nose with deep notch. Outer part of ear in negative relief. Hook nose with enlarged nostril. Chisel dressed field. QD 12-AD-001

Sold for $275
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Lot 10 - Four Wabon Eddings Hobo Nickels

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Wabon Eddings Modern: 4 No Date T2 nickels
Four hobo nickels by deceased modern artist Wabon Eddings. No QD paperwork with this lot.

Sold for $71.50
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Lot 11 - Bearded Man Wearing Derby

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"Beady Eye" Classic: Average 191? T2 VG
Banks/Alpert: Possibly an early or quick carving by artist nicknamed "Beady Eye." Dome and pointed brim of derby are outlined - two accent lines above brim but no hatband. Crescent shaped punch marks for hair and beard. Ear is low on head, in center of coin. Profile unaltered. Punches for eye and nostril. Field dressed at left. QD 12-MB-019

Sold for $132
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Lot 12 - Three Classic Hobo Nickels

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Unknown Classics: All Average Quality
Banks/Alpert: The first nickel above is on a 1918 F/VG nickel. Simple hat with wrap around brim and bow on band. Small C-shaped ear. Craved hair and beard. Unaltered profile and no collar. Nice eye appeal. QD 12-MB-021.

The second nickel pictured is a no date T2 XF. A nice simple design with nice eye appeal. Ear is just a carved arc groove. Field dressed at top and rear, but some of Indian's hair and feather still visible. LIBERTY remains. Bold grooves outline hat, collar and shoulder. Unaltered profile. QD 12-MB-018.

Third nickel is a no date T2 AG. Chisel dressed field and neck. Small ear. Craved on a very worn coin; altered areas are still shiny. Lots of work but low eye appeal. Some stains on obverse. QD 12-MB-015.

Sold for $324.50
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Lot 13 - Eight Classic Hobo Nickels

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Unknown Classics: All Below Average Quality
Banks/Alpert: 1st nickel has simple hat, ear and collar carved on worn coin. No hair; light beard and moustache. Field dressed behind head. Ear low on head. QD 12-MB-014.

2nd coin has large hat with straight brim. Faint, small ear. Deep chisel dressing behind head and above hat. Deeply grooved collar. Unaltered profile. QD 12-MB-016.

3rd coin has dense linear carved grooves or punched lines for hair, beard or mustache. Crude ear and collar. QD 12-MB-017.

4th coin has simple hat with band and straight lined brim. Crude ear. Carved lines similar to those used to form the hair, beard & moustache are used to dress the field and shoulder. Unaltered profile. QD 12-MB-020.

5th coin is dated 1918. Bold workmanship forms all the features - hat collar, line along nose, raised stubble hair, beard, moustache and eyebrow. Field behind head roughly dressed. QD 12-MB-022.

The 6th coin is a 1913-D T1. A combination of wriggle cuts and small curlicue cuts form the hair, beard, moustache and the dressing behind the head and on the neck. Nose is rounded. No ear or collar. QD 12-MB-023.

7th coin is a 1918. The long sloping forehead and nose gives this work an unusual look, as does the speckled little cuts forming the hair, beard and moustache. Some of the braid still visible on neck. QD 12-MB-024.

8th and final coin in this lot is a 1915. Small hat with straight brim, no band. Oval ear, no hair behind. Cross-hatch lines for beard and moustache. Profile altered with rounded chin, small nose and line for mouth with slight smile. Chisel dressed field around hat and behind head. QD 12-MB-025.

Sold for $478.50
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Lot 14 - Man Wearing a Derby

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Bill Jameson Modern: Superior 1921-D $1 XF
Banks/Alpert: Very detailed cameo of a man with long wavy hair wearing a derby executed on a Morgan Dollar. Nicely decorated hatband. Raised ear. Altered eye and profile. Inner lobed border has fine radial lines extending through the date. Ornate outer leaf design border around finely textured fields. Subtle light grayish brown toning. Very skilled workmanship. Nice eye appeal. Signed "Z-353" on the rim. QD 12-MB-026

Sold for $330
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Lot 15 - Man Wearing a Derby

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James Stewart Modern: Superior 1919 VF
Banks/Alpert: Very expressive face with modification to eye and profile (forehead, nose, lips). High domed derby with gold inlaid feather and accented band with bow. Three dimensional brim. Textured hair, shoulders and fields. Well detailed ear, modified eye and profile. Beautiful, ornate scroll work along border. Nice eye appeal. Signed "JIMBO-59" on the rim. QD 12-MB-027

Sold for $220
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