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...101-110 ~ Page...11

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LOT 101

Average (H)/Average (H)

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $143 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Bearded Man Wearing Derby

Probable Artist: Unknown

Coin: No Date (XF)/(VF)

 

First Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Gold (?) plated features. The most obvious feature of this carved piece is the golden (gold plated?) hat and coat on the subject. Rear brim of hat is missing. Subject has small ear, altered profile (nose, mouth, and eye). Beard is different in that a “wiggle cut” was use and the hair goes from the ear to the nape of the neck.

 

Second Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Old carving with metal overlays; unusual workmanship. The entire hat and coat appear to be foreign metal overlays (rear tip of brim probably broke off). They are in high relief and brassy colored. Front of shirt collar appears to be a nickel overlay. Subject has strongly altered profile, a simple c-ear and no hair. Wiggle-cut beard extends to back of neck. No mustache. Field is deeply dressed.

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LOT 102

Average (H)/Average (H)

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $165 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Bearded Man Wearing Derby

Probable Artist: Unknown

Coin: No Date-P (VF)

 

First Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Straight brimmed hat with vertically striped hatband. Ear is partially hidden under the hat brim. Profile modestly altered. Hair (carved) and beard (punched) neatly done. Beard is stubble type. Well formed collar. Field nicely dressed.

 

Second Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Old hobo nickel.  Hat has straight brim and reeded band; smooth shallow dome. Subject has carved hair behind the small high ear. Fine raised stubble beard and mustache: double collar. Profile unaltered. Field dressed with Liberty removed.

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LOT 103

Average/Average

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $77 Mail _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Bearded Man Wearing Derby

Probable Artist: Unknown

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

 

First Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Small hat. Very small hat sitting on top of subject’s head, with textured crown. Subject has a short brim, ear small and set well back on head, and along scraggly beard. Profile is unaltered. Stippled dressing in field behind figure.

 

Second Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Old carved hobo nickel. Small hat is high on head, with a curved brim. Dome and field was dressed by pounding. Subject has an awkward small ear far back on head, carved hair, and a long awkward beard that covers the neck. No mustache. Profile unaltered. No collar.

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LOT 104

Above Ave (H)/Above Ave

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $220 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Bearded Man Wearing Derby

Probable Artist: Unknown

Coin: 1913-P T1 (F)

 

First Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: A relatively talented artist carved this piece – very nice highlighting on crown of hat and collar. Hatband has bow. Well formed ear and nicely carved beard, hair and unattached mustache. Profile is unaltered. There is a possible bow tie at the neck. This is a very nice classic hobo nickel specimen.

 

Second Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Classic old totally carved hobo nickel. Lots of fine parallel carved lines on this nice work, some made with a liner tool. Subject is wearing a small-domed hat with a long curved brim and a bow on the band. Subject has a weak incuse ear, a nice hair-beard and an unattached mustache. Profile is unaltered. He has a collar with tie. The field at left was nicely line-dressed.

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LOT 105

Above Ave/Above Ave

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $412.50 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Bearded Man Wearing Derby

Probable Artist: “Rough Beard”

Coin: 1913-P T2 (XF)

 

First Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Well formed and prominent ear. Curly hair, beard-mustache; plain hat crown, band (no bow). Nose ethnically altered. Three single lines used for collar. Field very smoothly dressed. Nice classic carving.

 

Second Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Classic old hobo nickel. A nice typical work by the old artist we have nicknamed “Rough Beard”. Subject has bold hat, collar, and ear. Rough hair and beard from overlapping punches. Beautifully-dressed field behind head. Specimen has nice eye appeal.

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LOT 106

Average (H)/Above Ave

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $198 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Bearded Man Wearing Derby

Probable Artist: Unknown

Coin: 1913-P T1 (XF)

 

First Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Nice classical carving. Wrap around hat brim with plain crowned derby and hat band with bow. Ear is partially hidden under hat brim. Hair line carved, beard (dark) and moustache closely punched. Altered profile; punched eye with squint lines. There is a slight smile on subject’s mouth. Beard extends well into field at jaw. Field dressing is stippled.

 

Second Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Classic old hobo nickel. Shallow hat has wrap-around brim and lined band with bow. Small ear far back on head, with a little carved hair on the sides. Eye and profile were altered and a grin appears on the mouth. Subject has punched bushy beard and mustache and a double collar. Liberty removed. Entire field is pounded-dressed.

LOT 107 (Six Coins)

 

1L: Ave/Ave (L)

1R: Ave/Ave

2L: Below Ave/Ave (L)

2R: Ave (L)/Below Ave (H)

3L: Ave (L)/Ave (L)

3R: Below Ave/Below Ave

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $154 Mail _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Six classic old hobo nickels, each featuring a “Bearded Man Wearing Derby”.

 

Probable Artists: All unknown

Coins: Buffalo Nickels

 

First Examiner: Fivaz

Second Examiner: Alpert

LOT 108 (Six Coins)

1L: Ave/Ave

1R: Ave (L)/Ave (L)

2L: Ave/Ave

2R: Ave/Ave

3L: Above Ave/Ave (H)

3R: Below Ave/Ave (L)

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $302.50 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Six classic old hobo nickels. The first five are of a “Bearded Man Wearing Derby”. The other (3R), is entitled “Indian”.

 

Probable Artists: All unknown

Coins: Buffalo Nickels

 

First Examiner: Fivaz

Second Examiner: Alpert

LOT 109(Seven Coins)

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $165 Mail _____

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Bidder Number: ___________

 

A Lot of Five Classic Old Hobo Nickels and Two Modern Carvings

 

Classic

1L: Ave/Ave

Bearded Man Wearing Derby

1R: Below Ave/Below Ave (L)

Bearded Man Wearing Hat

2L: Below Ave/Below Ave (L)

Bearded Bald Man

2R: Crude/Below Ave

Bearded Man Wearing Derby

3L: Crude/Crude

Bearded Man Wearing Derby

Modern

3R: Below Ave/Below Ave

Lady Wearing Hat

4C: Below Ave/Ave

Man wearing Coonskin Cap

 

Probable Artists: All unknown

Coins: Buffalo Nickels

 

First Examiner: Fivaz

Second Examiner: Alpert

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LOT 110

Superior/Superior

 

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

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Clown

Probable Artist: Dick Sheehan

Coin: 1938-D (Unc)

 

First Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Creative modern carving. Signed and numbered on the reverse: “DS 17”. Coin was antiqued after carved. This is a wonderful modern carving by talented artist Dick Sheehan. The subject is a full head carving of a clown, covering the entire obverse. The large nose has an “X” patch on it and the sloe-eyed subject has a huge, painted grin on his face. The typical ruffled collar of a clown surrounds the coin’s original date – 1938.

 

Second Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Superb modern carving. A very well done full-face large clown head, with head slightly tilted, faint bandage on bulbous nose, and full clown makeup around eyes and mouth. Subject has a bald head, ruffled collar, and a beautifully dressed field. It was signed “DS 17” on reverse. Acid-etched antique finish.

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