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...21-30 ~ Page...3

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LOT 21

Average/Average

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $121 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Bearded Man Wearing Derby

Probable Artist: Unknown

Coin: 1919-P (VG)

 

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Carved and punched. I believe that this is an old hobo nickel, even though it superficially strongly resembles the modern carvings by Eddings. Altered profile (enlarged eye, nose, and mouth). Punched hair and beard (no mustache). Crude collar. Simple hat and ear.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Subject has the appearance of an Amish man (no mustache). Very basic hat and ear. Profile, nose, eye, mouth, all altered. Straight-line simple collar. Rough attempt at dressing the field.

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LOT 22

Above Average/Average (H)

 

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

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Potty Trade Dollar

Probable Artist: Unknown

Coin: 1878-S Trade Dollar

(G-VG)/(VG)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Nice Bold Features. Nicely carved chamber pot, legs, and floor, with field added between legs and pot. Liberty’s dress appears to be pulled up onto her lap, an unusual feature. Coin received wear after being altered. Piece has nice eye appeal!

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: The trade dollar is the denomination usually used for “Potty” coins, so named because Ms. Liberty sits on a chamber pot. This pot is nicely carved and Liberty’s legs are bare with a skirt kicked up to her thighs. Considerable wear has occurred after the coin was carved.

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LOT 23

Average/Average

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $176 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Potty Trade Dollar

Probable Artist: Unknown

Coin: 1877-S Trade Dollar (VF)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Nicely done but limited alteration. The only changes made are the chamber pot on which Miss Liberty sits, and removal of the wheat to the right. Liberty is still fully dressed. Pot itself is above average, but I’m rating the piece average due to the small area of alteration.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: The only alteration on this coin is the change of the bales Liberty was sitting on to a chamber pot (which is nicely done). No alteration whatsoever to the figure of Liberty.

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LOT 24

Above Average/Average (H)

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $121 Mail _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Potty Half Dollar

Probable Artist: unknown

Coin: 1877-P Half dollar

(VF-XF)/(VF)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Nice Bold Workmanship. A nude Miss Liberty is seated on a very large chamber pot with a big handle. All features are nicely carved, but without fancy details. The work has nice eye appeal.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Any deviation from the usual (Trade Dollar) as the host coin for a potty coin is unusual, and the lower the denomination ( ten cents or ½ ten cent, eq.), the rarer it is. This is a nice carving, with liberty in the nude, sitting on a chamber pot.

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LOT 25

Above Ave (L)/Above Ave

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $99 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Caddy (Reverse Carving)

Probable Artist: John Dorusa

Coin: 1935-X (G)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Totally carved modern work. This is a copy of Bo’s famous caddy hobo nickel (which sold for a record price in OHNS Auction 12, 2004, lot 2), carved by John Dorusa in the early 1980’s and unsigned. Caddy is holding flagpole 9 and has clubs on his back. A decent copy of the original, from an artist much less talented than “Bo”.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: John Dorusa (now deceased) copied an original carving by Bo which appeared in the original Hobo Nickel book, even to the point of putting the same #9 on the flag. A much less pleasing carving than the original and one of many “knock-offs” of Bo carvings by Dorusa.

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LOT 26

Above Ave (L)/Above Ave

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $88 Mail _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Hiking Hobo (Rev Carving)

Probable Artist: John Dorusa

Coin: 1935 –X (VG)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Totally carved modern work. This hiking hobo (shown down to hips) is holding a walking stick and has a pack on his back. Belt and back pocket on pants. Simple head and facial features – hat, ear, hair, beard, collar. Signed “J. DORUSA” vertically under forearm. Decently dressed fields.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Another copy of an original carving by Bo. The staff the subject is holding is much thicker than on the original and the remainder of the carving is a good deal less detailed. Signed “J. DORUSA”.

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LOT 27

Average/Average

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $121 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Two-Faced Janus Head

Probable Artist: John Dorusa

Coin: No Date (G)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Modern carving. Unusual subject, two-faced head of Janus, carved by John Dorusa in the early 1980s (unsigned). Carved hair and beards. No ear. Thin necklace-like collar. Indian’s profile unaltered. Second face by Dorusa is inferior to the Indian’s.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: This is the only “two-faced” (Janus style carving I can recall seeing on a hobo nickel. A laureate wreath separates the two faces, one, the original Indian profile and the other, opposite and facing left, carved. The hair technique is the hair style typically used by Dorusa. Thin “chain” necklace.

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LOT 28

Average to Above Ave (L)

/Above Ave

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

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Five Different Popeye Characters

Probable Artist: John Dorusa

Coin: 1935 and 4 No Dates

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Early 1980s carvings. A group of five different Popeye comic characters: Popeye (nice), Olive Oyl (nice), Bluto/Brutus (nicer), Poopdeck Pappy (nice) and Wimpy (not as nice). All are very well done except Wimpy. Nicest is Bluto, which is signed “JD”. Very creative and a fun group!

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: This five-coin set depicts characters from the Popeye comic strip. Popeye, his father (with beard), Wimpy, Olive Oyl and his comic strip arch enemy, Brutus (or Bluto). Most are well carved.

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LOT 29

Average/Average

 

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

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Three Peanuts Comic Characters

 

Probable Artist: John Dorusa

Coin: Various circulated Buffalo Nickels

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Three modern carvings from early 1980s. A group of three Peanuts characters: Charlie Brown, Linus, and head of Snoopy. All well done and creative. Totally carved. These are infrequently encountered. Another fun group.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Two obverse carvings (Charlie Brown and Linus) and one reverse carving of the comic strip dog, Snoopy. Rather well done and with unusual subjects, which make them more desirable.

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LOT 30

Average (H)/Average

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $88 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Three Nancy Comic Characters

Probable Artist: John Dorusa

Coin: Various circulated Buffalo Nickels

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Modern carvings, early 1980s A group of three characters from the Nancy comic strip: Nancy (bow on forehead), Sluggo (wearing cap), and rich friend Rollo. All nicely done. Another creative fun group of comic characters.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: A third set of carvings of comic strip characters, these from the “Nancy” strip. Dorusa depicts Nancy, Sluggo and Rollo (where’s Aunt Fritzie?). Rather well done and again, a different group of characters.

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