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...81-90 ~ Page...9

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LOT 81

Above Ave/Above Ave

 

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

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Richard Nixon

Probable Artist: Owen Covert

Coin: 1930-P (VG)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Modern carving. Nice caricature of Richard Nixon, with long nose, jowl, and nicely carved hair, nice ear, simple collar, and a deeply-carved smooth field with Liberty removed. It was signed 揙C on the buffalo. The coin was polished.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: An interesting caricature of past president Richard Nixon with typical 搒ki nose, joweled jaws and receding hairline. Ear and other features were well done. It was signed 揙C by the artist on the reverse. Coin was polished after the carving.

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LOT 82

Above Ave/Above Ave

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $330 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Bearded Man Wearing Derby

Probable Artist: Unknown

Coin: 1914-S (VF)/(XF)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Classic old hobo nickel, carved and punched. The shallow hat has a wide curved brim; both have a pounded texture as does the very big nose, neck, and collar. Nice large ear. Eye and forehead were altered. Hair is punched, as is the cruder beard and mustache. Field was nicely dressed. Bead and mustache were possibly unfinished. Nice overall eye appeal.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Nice old hobo nickel carving. Subject is wearing a small crowned hat with large curved brim (no hatband). Ear overlaps hatband. Hair, beard and disconnected moustache were punched. Probably carved by artist we have named 揃ig Nose. Squint lines at eye. Very unusual technique used on dressed field behind and over figure 搒tippled and then flattened down. Well formed collar.

LOT 83

Above Ave/Superior

 

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

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Potty Quarter (Obverse)

Bull抯 Head (Reverse)

Probable Artist: Unknown

Coin: Seated Liberty Quarter

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Old two-sided altered quarter. A very unusual and elaborate potty quarter, as Miss Liberty is shown in a bedroom, seated on the bed, with a chamber pot on the floor, holding a hand mirror. A picture hangs on the wall. The picture and bed perspective is somewhat awkward. A love token-like engraving of a steer head is on the smoothed reverse. Coin holed at top and toned a bit dark.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Unique obverse and reverse subjects. One of the nicest 揚otty Coins I have seen; it is rare on quarters and seldom seen. This is a very detailed carving of a partially clad woman sitting on the bed holding a looking glass. Chamber pot is under the bed, and a picture is on the wall. Even the wall is wood-finished. The reverse has a handsome engraving of a bull抯 head with very nice fine-line detail. This is superior grade due to the quality of work and unusualness of subjects. Coin holed at the top.

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LOT 84

Average/Below Average

 

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

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Altered Date and Profile

Probable Artist: Unknown

Coin: 1893 Barber Half (G)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Wear may have removed other alterations. This 1893 Barber half dollar has the date nicely altered to 1393 and, also, the profile (pointy nose is the most noticeable change). Limited alterations, but nicely done (most alterations on Barber halves are poorly done).

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Minor alteration of Liberty. Very minor nose alternation (pointed) is all that is visible on the subject. Date rather nicely altered (an 8 to a 3) to make a 1393 date. This 揳rtist undoubtedly tried his hand at creating 1913 Liberty nickels out of 1908 coins.

LOT 85

Average/Average

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $160 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Obverse:

Bearded Man Wearing Derby

Reverse:

Bearded Man with Backpack

Probable Artist: Unknown

Coin: 1913-P T1 (VG)

 

First Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Two-sided carving. Obverse: Simple carved derby with some of the Indian抯 hair still visible on the crown; curly beard, hair, mustache. Subject has altered bridge of nose and nostril; deep 揅-type ear, low and forward on head. Reverse: Short-legged man (bearded), wearing long coat and pack on back. Reverse field is dressed around figure.

 

Second Examiner: Farnsworth

Observations: Two-sided classic carving. Neither side fully dressed. Reverse shows tail, hind legs, and fur from buffalo; obverse shows some of the Indian抯 hair. The eye appeal of both sides is good.

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LOT 86

Above Ave (L)/Below Ave (H)

 

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

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Bearded Man Wearing Derby

Probable Artist: Unknown

Coin: 1915-P (G)

 

First Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Plate coin in Romines 1982 book (page 19, top left). Subject抯 hat rather roughly carved/punched. Beard and hair almost looks like it was done by two different carvers. Large raised metal ear. Large punch in nostril; bridge of nose ethnically altered. Field around figure roughly dressed (Liberty gone).

 

Second Examiner: Farnsworth

Observations: Roughly carved and punched. Lacks eye appeal. Not fully dressed. Crooked hat brim. Field around head was dressed, however. Raised ear a plus.

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LOT 87

Above Ave/Above Ave

 

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

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Bearded Man Wearing Derby

Probable Artist: Unknown

Coin: 1916-P (XF)

 

First Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Neatly carved specimen of the typical hobo nickel artist抯 subject. Smooth hat and hatband (no bow) with curved brim. Nose was nicely ethnically altered. Mouth also slightly changed. The Small ear was well done. Single chisel cut for plain collar.

 

Second Examiner: Farnsworth

Observations: This is a very clean and neat carving. Field was dressed. 揕iberty was intentionally left on. Subject has an ethnic nose, a large neck, and a small simple collar. Work was completely carved. Nice eye appeal.

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LOT 88

Average/Average

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $550 Mail _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Donkey

Probable Artist: 揃o Hughes

Coin: 1927-P (G)

 

First Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Popular reverse carving by 揃o. Undeniable reverse carving by popular classic carver 揃o. Donkey is posed with bowed head and two pyramids in background. Animal抯 tail folded back across donkey抯 hind quarters. Coin very dark, probably the result of being heat treated.

 

Second Examiner: Farnsworth

Observations: Nice carving of a donkey with two mountains in the background. Donkey appears to be frisky, judging by the tail and lines above and below the donkey.

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LOT 89

Average/Average

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $660 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Asian Elephant

Probable Artist: 揃o Hughes

Coin: 1937-D (F)/(VF)

 

First Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Another reverse carving by 揃o, this one of an Indian elephant (small ears), with trunk hanging down to ground and tusks pointing forward. Field around subject dressed. Coin dark, probably due to having been heat treated.

 

Second Examiner: Farnsworth

Observations: Nice reverse carving. There appears to be some letters scratched between the elephant and the word 揢NITED. Looks like an H---TT; couldn抰 make it all out. Carving was nicely done.

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LOT 90

Below Ave/Average

 

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

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Beaded Man Wearing Checkered Cap

 

Probable Artist: 揃o Hughes

Coin: 1937-P (VG)/(F)

 

First Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Unmistakable work of 揃o, after his 1957 hand injury. A mechanical tool was used for portions of the work. 揅 style ear, curly beard, and nose style resembling that of Bo, so this very well could be one of his self-portraits. Coin 搊rangish, possibly due to having been kept in a tobacco pouch.

 

Second Examiner: Farnsworth

Observations: Below average for 揃o, but average when compared to other carvers. Carving exhibits several of Bo抯 styles in particular, the shape of the nose. Checkered hat, collar outline, and initials were done by an electrical tool. Hair and beard punched.

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