ORIGINAL HOBO NICKEL SOCIETY, INC.
A Florida Not-For-Profit Corporation
FUN2005  Mail and Floor Bid Auction
to be held at the
Original Hobo Nickel Society Meeting
Saturday, January 15, 2005 at 10 a.m.
Florida United Numismatists, Inc.  ~  January 13-16, 2005
Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center
1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316



Mail Bid Sheet


FUN2005 Online Catalogue ~ Lots...1-10 ~ Page...1

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LOT 1

Average (H)/Average (H)

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $132 Mail _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Bearded Man Wearing Derby

Probable Artist: Unknown

Coin: 1929-P (VF/EF)

 

This coin was featured in an article that appeared in the Fall, 2004 issue of Bo Tales.

 

First Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Very dark coin. Coin is very dark, but carving is quite visible. Curl-brimmed, wrap-around hat, with hatband partially obscured by the high brim. Very small ear. Eye and profile slightly altered, as is (down-turned) mouth. Beard, hair, moustache and eyebrow are all punched. Nice representation of a typical hobo nickel.

 

Second Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Old hobo nickel carved and punched. Coin is evenly toned very dark on both sides. Decent hat with wrap-around brim. Ear is small and high up on head. Slightly altered profile. Unusual punched hair and beard, but somewhat crudely done. Adam’s apple on neck. Field dressed behind the head. Simple groove collar.

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LOT 2

Above Ave (H)/Above Ave

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $715 _____

 

Bearded Man Wearing Derby

Probable Artist: Unknown

Coin: 1924-P (EF)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Nice hat with raised brim (wraps around in back), hatband, and shading lines on dome. Nice carved hair, neat beard, light mustache and eyebrow. Narrow collar; shaded coat. Profile unaltered. Nicely dressed field. Hair-beard and other areas may have been darkened by the artist. Carving has great eye appeal!

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Very attractive carving. Domed hat with accent lines on crown; vertical lines on hat band, wrap-around brim. Hair, beard, mustache and eyebrow neatly done with moustache lighter than rest. Slightly altered profile, eye and mouth. Ear well formed. Collar (w/jewel) and coat well done.

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LOT 3

Above Ave (L)/Average

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $60.50 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Beardless, Bald Man Wearing Derby

Probable Artist: Unknown

Coin: Buffalo Nickel (VG)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Totally carved old hobo nickel. This is a very unusual workmanship with bold simple features. Hat has nice thin raised brim; no band. No hair or beard. Nice ear with internal detail. Strongly altered profile with big nose, small mouth, and rounded chin. Subject has a simple collar and a plain coat. Decently but a bit unevenly dressed field. Nice eye Appeal.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Very plain carving, with raised straight brim on plain hat. Ear partially lies under hat brim. Profile drastically altered, with eye, nose and mouth unusually done. Subject has plain collar and coat. No hair, beard or moustache. Field dressed, “Liberty” remains.

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LOT 4

Average (H)/Average (L)

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $27.50 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Bearded Man Wearing Derby

Probable Artist: Unknown

Coin: 1914-S (XF)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Carved and punched old hobo nickel. A strongly-altered profile dominates this work – the bulbous nose and jutting chin. Most of the field is deeply excavated. Plain hat with wrap-around brim; no band. Nice bold ear. Plain dressed neck; no collar. The punched hair-beard-mustache-eyebrow somewhat crudely done. Neat hole at bottom of obverse.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Rather roughly carved piece with long, exaggerated nose, deeply cut hat brim; plain hat. Large ear; hair, beard, moustache all punched, as is eyebrow. Very rough dressing in field. Holed at 6 o’clock on obverse.

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LOT 5

Above Ave (H)/Above Ave

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $467.50 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Bearded Man Wearing Derby

Probable Artist:

 “Flat Nose”/Unknown

Coin: 1913-P T-1 (XF)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Nice old carved hobo nickel. This is a beautiful example of the early unknown artist we have nicknamed “Flat Nose”. Nicely carved hair; neat beard-mustache. Flattened tip of nose and raised-metal nostril. Simple ear, collar, and hat with bow on band, all nicely done. Darker hair gives nice contrast.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Nicely formed hat with hat band and bow. Different technique used for hair and beard-moustache-eyebrow. Ear well formed, but way low on head. Single line cuts for collar. Profile altered to the extent that the nose has been flattened. Punched eye and nostril.

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LOT 6

Average/Average

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $55 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Bearded Man Wearing Derby

Probable Artist: Unknown

Coin: 1913-P T-1 (VG)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Carved old hobo nickel. Subject has a simple hat with a sloppy bow on the brim, no band and a nice smooth dome. Lightly carved hair-beard-mustache-eyebrow. Simple backward-3 ear. Profile unaltered. Simple tall collar. Nicely dressed field. Decent overall eye appeal.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Plain crown of hat. Unusual in that the artist has placed a rather crude bow on the plain hat brim Upside down “3” for ear. Lightly carved hair, beard and moustache. Single line cuts for broad, winged collar. Coin has seen a good amount of circulation since being carved.

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LOT 7

Average/Average (H)

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $143 Mail _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

 

Bearded Man Wearing Derby

Probable Artist: Unknown

Coin: 1913-P T-1 (XF)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Old carved and punched hobo nickel. Hat has thick brim with pointed ends, and plain wide band. The oval ear awkwardly overlaps the hat brim. Punched hair-beard-mustache. Profile unaltered. Awkward very tall collar placed too high and too far back, with an odd flap at the rear (the end of the Indian’s feather).

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Plain high crowned derby; broad hat band. Large ear overlaps hat brim. Large feather from Indian still visible at back of collar. Punched hair, beard and mustache. Broad winged collar that actually extends too far back on figure.

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LOT 8

Average (H)/Average

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $165 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Bearded Man Wearing Derby

Probable Artist: Unknown

Coin: 1913-P (VF)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Old carved and punched hobo nickel. Nice shallow hat with raised brim and band with bow. Dash-punched hair-beard-mustache with hair under brim on forehead. Awkward rectangular small ear too far back on head. Profile unaltered. No collar. The field behind the head and the neck are decently dressed.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Low-crowned derby set well back on head; lined hatband with bow. Ear vaguely visible and well back on head. Hair, beard and mustache all made by knife (?) cuts. Unaltered profile, plain neck with no collar.

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LOT 9

Average/Average (H)

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $66 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Bearded Man Wearing Derby

Probable Artist: Unknown

Coin: No Date D (VG)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Old hobo nickel. Subject has a large hat at about a 45 degree angle, with a thin brim and a wider band. A liner tool probably was used for the fine parallel lines on the hat band, collar, and neck. Fine stippling on hat dome, hair, beard, mustache, eyebrow, possibly from a textured punch. Tiny round ear for back and low on head. Profile unaltered. Field chiseled.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: High-crowned derby with stippled crown, plain hat band and fine-line brim. “C” ear low and well back on head. Beading tool used for beard, hair and mustache. Unaltered profile. High collar with delicate lines on shirt and coat collar. Dressed field behind figure. “Liberty” remains.

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LOT 10

Average (H)/Average

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $137.50 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

 

Bearded Man Wearing Derby

Probable Artist: Unknown

Coin: No Date (XF)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Old hobo nickel. Hat has thick brim, no band, and has parallel solid and dashed lines on dome. Somewhat indistinct ear. Punched curly hair, bushy beard, and mustache. Nose and nostril altered. Low, lined collar (as on hat). Field is roughly chisel-dressed.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Crown of derby decorated with fine lines and “dash lines”. Carved curly beard and hair. Nose ethnically altered as is nostril. Straight lines used for collar. Field behind figure roughly dressed. Ear rather indistinct and small.

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