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...61-70 ~ Page...7

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LOT 61

Average/Average

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $22 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Raccoon

Probable Artist: John Dorusa

Coin: 1936-P (F)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Modern carving. The buffalo was altered into a raccoon, facing right. Subject has a striped tail. This is an original design by Dorusa.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Animal (raccoon? beaver?) facing right. Large ears and punched eye. Work is unsigned by the artist. Heavy chisel marks.

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LOT 62

Average/Average (L)

 

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

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Water Buffalo (?)

Probable Artist: John Dorusa

Coin: 1937-P (F)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Modern carving. I cannot identify what mammal Dorusa carved on the reverse of this coin. It has four legs and two long horns extending back over the shoulder. It was signed “J D” at top.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: I’m really not sure what this animal is – possibly another version of a water buffalo? Subject has depressed carved eye. It was signed “J D” under STATES.

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LOT 63

Average/Average

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $33 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Pig

Probable Artist: John Dorusa

Coin: 1927-P (G)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Modern carving. The buffalo was altered to a pig, with a straight tail and snout. Main body looks a bit too buffalo-shaped.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: John is going to run out of animals pretty soon – this one of a pig (smiling?), facing left. Front right leg is thick and not well formed. Back two legs are original buffalo legs.

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LOT 64

Average (H)/Average

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $22 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Doe

Probable Artist: John Dorusa

Coin: 1927-P (AG)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Modern carving. The buffalo was altered to a doe, with head bent and facing right. It has a gracefully-carved body. This is a creative original design by Dorusa.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: This carving represents either a doe or a fawn. Animal is looking backward, similar to one earlier in the series. Rear legs are those of the original buffalo. Not signed.

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LOT 65

Average/Average

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $23.10 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Antelope

Probable Artist: John Dorusa

Coin: 1925-P (AG)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Modern carving. The buffalo was altered to an antelope, with one long curved horn visible. The field is a bit roughly dressed.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: A liner tool (chisel) was used for a good deal of the metal removal on this coin. Long horns suggest to me that this is an eland, a type of antelope. Not signed.

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LOT 66

Average/Average

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $22 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Four-legged Mammal

Probable Artist: John Dorusa

Coin: 1936-P (G)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Modern carving. I cannot identify the four-legged mammal that the buffalo has become on this nickel. Possibly, it is a South American mammal.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: If the snout on this animal was longer and thinner, I’d say it is an anteater, but again, I’m not sure what it is. It could possibly be a tapir. It was signed “J D” under STATES.

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LOT 67

Average/Average (H)

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $33 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Horse’s Head

Probable Artist: John Dorusa

Coin: 1937-P (VG)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Modern carving. The buffalo was altered into the head of a horse (?). No mane. Small punch used for the eye. It was signed “J D” at the lower left.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Similar to an original carving of a horse’s head by “Bo”, but somewhat larger and less detailed. Rather well done, with ears and mouth nicely represented. It was signed “J D” in the lower left.

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LOT 68

Above Average (L)/Average

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $44 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Dove

Probable Artist: John Dorusa

Coin: 1936-P (VG)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Modern carving. Nice obverse carving of a dove facing right, with feathers raised. Dashes were carved on the body and feathers. This is a very creative original design by Dorusa. It was signed “JHD” at top.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Dorusa has now run out of animals and has switched to a bird as his subject. Subject has full, thick wing feathers, plump breast and short beak. It was signed “JHD” upper left near the rim.

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LOT 69

Above Ave (L)/Average (L)

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $22 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Bird

Probable Artist: John Dorusa

Coin: 1930-P (G)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Modern carving. The buffalo was altered to a close-up dove facing left, just the anterior 2/3 of the body pictured. Body and wing have small carved specks. Field decently dressed. This is a creative original design by Dorusa.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: This is a large carving of the upper portion of some bird with speckled feathers.

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LOT 70

Average/Below Average

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $17.60 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Bird

Probable Artist: John Dorusa

Coin: 1936-P (G)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Modern carving. The reverse has a large close-up view of a dove facing left, with wings raised. Only the anterior half of the body is depicted. Dove has smooth body and wings. This is a creative original design by Dorusa.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: A rather basic carving, probably a quick one of a bird. Bird has wings partially spread, smooth feathers, and crude eye. The work is unsigned.

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