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...31-40 ~ Page...4

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LOT 31

Average/Below Average

 

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

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Bearded Man Wearing Coonskin Hat (Obverse)

Raccoon (Reverse)

Probable Artist: John Dorusa

Coin: 1917-P (AG)/(G)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Nice two-sided modern carving. Typical Dorusa bearded man, but wearing a coonskin hat. The buffalo was altered to a raccoon in a creative reverse carving. The Field was chisel dressed. Two-sided Dorusa carvings are rare.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: An interesting two-sided carving by Dorusa showing a heavily bearded man on the obverse wearing a coonskin hat and a coon on the reverse, obviously in a pre-hat pose.

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LOT 32

Obv: Average/Average (H) Rev; Average/Average

 

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

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Old 揃o Obv, Mule Rev

Probable Artist: John Dorusa

Coin: 1928-P (G)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Modern two-sided carving. This is a copy of Bo抯 self portrait as an old man, but signed 揓.H.D. on collar. Rev is a copy of one of Bo抯 donkey designs, fairly well done.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Both sides are copies of Bo抯 original work. Dorusa left much of Indian抯 hair on top of head. Beard and hair are classic Dorusa techniques. Reverse is a better carving of Bo抯 favorite reverse subject, a mule. Many chisel marks obvious on both sides.

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LOT 33

Average (H)/Average

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $110 Mail _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Bearded Man Wearing Turtle-hat Obv, Turtle Rev

Probable Artist: John Dorusa

Coin: 1924-P (AG)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Modern two-sided carving. Obv is a bearded man wearing a turtle-like hat, simple collar. Rev has buffalo altered to a turtle, standing up off the ground with its head out. An attractive work.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Copies of two Bo original carvings. Hair, beard, mustache curly. Ear well formed; two single lines for collar. Turtle shell hat relatively well done. Turtle is a copy of a Bo that appeared in the Hobo Nickel book. Crudely done; not near the quality of Bo抯 work.

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LOT 34

Average/Average

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

Bidder Number: ___________

 

African Man Obv, Gorilla Rev

Probable Artist: John Dorusa

Coin: 1929-P (AG)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Modern 2-sided carving. The African man has power-tooled short kinky hair, no beard or mustache, a necklace-like collar, and a slightly altered nose. Gorilla has an awkward body shape. A plant lies to the gorilla抯 left.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Different from the original Dorusa in that the hair technique has no long cuts. Subject has a moustache, but no beard, altered profile, ear well formed, and thin chain necklace. Many chisel marks in field. Abrasion marks on face. Rev animal is indistinct but may be an ape (has humanoid face).

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LOT 35

Average (H)/Average

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $110 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Rabbi Obv, Camel Rev

Probable Artist: John Dorusa

Coin: 1926-P (AG)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Two-sided modern carving. This is a copy of Bo抯 Rabbi Design with plain skullcap on back of head and a simple collar. The buffalo was altered to a camel. Nicely done.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Dorusa very seldom used high grade (VF or higher) host nickels mostly G or AG, as this one is. Good representation of a Rabbi with the typical Dorusa hair. Another copy of a 揃o original. Reverse shows a dromedary, rather well done, with many chisel marks showing. Unsigned by artist.

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LOT 36

Average/Average

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $46.20 Mail _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Clown Obv, Bear Rev

Probable Artist: John Dorusa

Coin: 1927-P (AG)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Modern two-sided carving. This is a copy of one of Bo抯 clowns, with a small hat far back on the head. Clown has a tuft of hair above the forehead, a frilly collar, and a slightly altered nose. Buffalo was altered to a bear.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Copy of an original clown carving by Bo. Hat well back on head, hair on front of head and behind ear. Ruffled clown-type of collar. Reverse animal appears to be a bear, but tail seems too long. Many chisel marks visible on both sides.

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LOT 37

Average/Average

 

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

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Old Bo Obv, Zebra Rev

Probable Artist: John Dorusa

Coin: 1934-P (AG)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Two-sided modern carving. Obverse is a copy of Bo抯 self portrait as an old man. Simple collar. Reverse has buffalo altered to a zebra, fairly well done.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Typical hair style technique used by Dorusa as is the ear. Depicts 揃o in his later years, again a copy of an original Bo self-portrait from the book. Much of the Indian抯 original hair remains of top of head. Reverse shows a zebra, made with very heavy chisel swipes. Many also in field.

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LOT 38

Average (L)/Average (H)

 

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

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Dove O, Mountain Goat R

Probable Artist: John Dorusa

Coin: 1934-P (AG)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Two-sided modern carving. Obverse Indian head is altered into a dove. Very creative and unusual. Reverse has buffalo altered into a horned mammal (a ram?). This is one of Dorusa抯 better carvings.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Two very different and diverse subjects on this, yet another two-sided coin. Huge wing on bird, short tail. Reverse shows what I believe is a mountain goat with long horns. Stippled 揻ur coat on animal.

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LOT 39

Average (H)/Average

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $46.20 Mail _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Bearded Man Wearing Checkered Hat Obverse

Animal Reverse

Probable Artist: John Dorusa

Coin: 1929-P (AG)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Two-sided modern carving. Obverse is Dorusa抯 standard bearded man, but wearing a checkered hat. The reverse has the buffalo altered to a pig (?); the head isn抰 too pig-like.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: ear and beard/hair are classic Dorusa designs. Checkered crown on hat. Single cuts for collar. Reverse animal is anybody抯 guess as to what it is. Possibly a sow (pig) as it has a semi-curly tail.

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LOT 40

Average (H)/Average (H)

 

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

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Bearded Man Wearing Cap O

Deer R

Probable Artist: John Dorusa

Coin: 1935-P (VG)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Two-sided modern carving. Dorusa抯 standard bearded man design, but man is wearing a cap or visor and has a simple collar. Buffalo was altered to a deer (?) with head bent facing to right.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Classic Dorusa features (hair, beard, and ear). Unaltered profile. Cap subject is wearing has earflap and short visor. Much of Indian抯 hair still visible on cap top. Reverse is a bit different in that the animal (deer)抯 head is turned upward. Overall, a rather nice piece.

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