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...71-80 ~ Page...8

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LOT 71

Average/Average (H)

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $40 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Eagle

Probable Artist: John Dorusa

Coin: P-mint (AG)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Modern carving. The buffalo was altered into an eagle, facing left. Just the anterior 2/3 of the body depicted. Subject has hooked beak, wing folded, and dashes carved on body and wing. This is an original design by Dorusa.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: From the knife-punched design on this bird, as well as the raptor hooked beak, I believe this is a brown eagle. of the body shows and the field is rather nicely dressed. Work is unsigned.

LOT 72

Above Ave (L)/Above Ave

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $495 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Jesus and 12 Apostles

(A set of 13 nickels)

Probable Artist: John Dorusa

Coin: Various 1930s (G to F)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Modern carvings. This is one of just six sets that Dorusa reportedly made of Jesus and his Disciples. The Apostle coins are numbered 1 to 12 under the buffalo. All the busts have a thin wiggle cut border at the base, except #3. Five are signed 揓HD on the neck and one is signed 揓. Dorusa.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Dorusa made several of this series (at least six). Each carving is numbered under the buffalo on the reverse. Photo shows a group of seven of the carvings with Jesus in the center.

LOT 73

Above Ave (L)/Above Ave

 

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

Bidder Number: ___________

 

U.S. Presidents (39 Coins)

Probable Artist: John Dorusa

Coin: 1934-37 (G-VF)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Rare set of modern carvings. A complete set of 39 coins depicting our first forty presidents, through Reagan (Grover Cleveland is #22 and 24), each numbered below the buffalo. Some resemble the president, but many don抰. Eleven are signed by Dorusa. This is the second known set of presidents by Dorusa. We do not know how many sets he made.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: As on previous series, each carving is numbered on the reverse. There are at least two sets of this subject. Photo illustrates seven of the presidents, with George Washington in the center.

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LOT 74

Above Ave/Average (H)

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $275 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Bearded Man Wearing Derby

Probable Artist: Unknown

Coin: No Date 朌 (VF)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Totally-carved classic old hobo nickel. Nice hat, with thin wrap-around brim, no band, shading on dome. Nice ear. Carved collar, with jewel at front; collar and coat textured. Nice dressed neck. Nice overall eye appeal.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: The work and technique used on the beard and hair on this coin does not seem compatible with other features (hat, nose, eye, mouth, and jacket). This is possibly an unfinished work in this area. Subject has a faint smile, squint line behind eye, a well done ear, and decent detail in hat. 揓eweled stickpin located at neck.

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LOT 75

Above Ave/Above Ave

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $440 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Bearded Man Wearing Derby

Probable Artist: Unknown

Coin: 1915-P (XF/AU)/(XF)

 

First Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Typical hobo nickel carver抯 subject. This is a very nice carving by a talented artist. Hat is well back on neck; hatband has bow. Carving has a very small ear; altered profile and mouth; brow lines; altered eye with eyebrow; scraggly beard, hair and mustache. Simple, deep cut lines for collar and coat.

 

Second Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Nicely done classic old hobo nickel. Nice hat, with five parallel lines, and bow on band. Carving has small ear and unusual roughly-textured hair-beard-mustache. Bold simple cuts alter or form the forehead, eye, lips, and collar-coat. Profile was altered. Field well dressed. Nice overall eye appeal.

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LOT 76

Average (H)/Average (H)

 

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

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Bearded Man Wearing Derby

Probable Artist: Unknown

Coin: 191x-P (AU)

 

First Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Small punch used for the beard, hair, and mustache. Subject has a plain hat with a sharply pointed brim. Profile was unaltered, but the nostril was enlarged. Large ear overlaps the hat brim. Field was dressed (except for Liberty), with a liner used for the halo effect around figure.

 

Second Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Classic old hobo nickel. Subject has small hat with a thick brim, and plain band. Ear overlaps brim. Hair-beard-mustache-eyebrow mostly finely punched. Profile unaltered, but nostril enlarged. Collars are simple. Field above and behind hat was first chiseled, then finely lined (radially above the hat, crisscrossed behind the neck).

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LOT 77

Above Ave/Above Ave

 

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

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Bearded Man wearing Derby

Hiking Hobo

Probable Artist: Owen Covert

Coin: 1935 Nickel

 

First Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Double-sided carving reverse signed 揙 C by artist. This is a very nice modern carving that replicated an original piece. Hat has a plain hat crown, no hat band, but with a thin feather toward the back. Altered profile, nicely shaped ear. Hair, beard, moustache all nicely carved. Subject has a collar and coat (with buttonhole). Entire field well dressed. Coin polished afterward.

 

Second Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Subject has bold hat with feather, no band, nice ear, hair and beard, complex collar, altered profile, and deep field (both sides). Reverse: a short-legged man with big feet. This is a nice modern work.

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LOT 78

Above Ave/Above Ave

 

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

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Clown (O)/ Elephant (R)

Probable Artist: Owen Covert

Coin: 1936-P

 

First Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Double-sided carving. This is a nice modern carving by Owen Covert showing a clown (?) on the obverse (no beard, balding) with a striped collar. Unaltered profile, nicely formed ear, dark hair. Reverse depicts an elephant with large trunk and ear. Both sides have nicely dressed fields. Coin has been 揳ntiqued after carving.

 

Second Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Two-sided modern carving. Obverse depicts a partially bald man with a clown-like collar (no other clown features). Nicely dressed field with Liberty removed. Elephant on reverse is mostly silhouette; few details. Both sides have a nice dull finish (sandblasted?).

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LOT 79

Above Ave/Above Ave

 

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

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Hiking Hobo (cutout with gold-plated backpack and rim)

Probable Artist: Owen Covert

Coin: Buffalo Nickel

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Modern carving. Buffalo was altered to a hiker with a walking stick. The field was cut out so the figure hangs in the center. Piece is gold plated except for the man抯 body. The hiker has long hair, hat, very short legs, and a gold sack on his back. All were nicely done.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Modern work. Nicely cut out of a reverse carving of a hobo with a back pack carrying a walking stick. Subject has short legs. Rim around carving also gold plated. Coin polished after being carved. Carving not signed.

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LOT 80

Above Ave/Above Ave

 

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

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Beaded Man Wearing Derby (cutout with gold plated hatband and rim)

Probable Artist: Owen Covert

Coin: 1935 Nickel

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Modern carving. This is a standard design carving, hanging in center. Subject has feather in hat band, nice ear, hair, and beard. Crisscross curved collar. Nicely cut out, with gold highlighting on hat band and border. It was signed 揙C on the buffalo.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Modern piece, signed on reverse. Expertly cut out of the typical hobo nickel artist subject. Subject has nicely sculptured hair and beard (no mustache). Well formed ear. Carving has straight brim on hat with gold (plain) hat band, 揦 design collar, and feather in hatband. Coin was polished after being carved. Gold plated rim surrounds subject. It was signed 揙C on reverse.

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