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...131-140 ~ Page...14

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LOT 131

Donation to OHNS

From Michael Cirelli

Superior/Superior

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $176 Mail _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Beardless Man Wearing Derby

Probable Artist: Mike Cirelli

Coin: 1925-P (VG)

 

First Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: New carver. This is a lovely carving by a new (Pennsylvania) artist, Mike Cirelli. The subject has a handlebar mustache, long well-formed hair and ear, and a hat with accent lines in the crown. The hat also has a zigzag design hatband and bow. Nice curly eyebrow, altered profile, and a well designed collar. Date 1925 carved in. Coin signed, dated and numbered on the reverse, and 揳ntiqued.

 

Second Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Totally carved 2004 work. Nice hat with wrap-around brim, beautifully carved hair, mustache, and eye brow (no beard). Nice ear, eye, and collar. Carved 1925 date; Liberty also enhanced. The field was smoothly dressed. It was signed with carved MJC monogram under the buffalo, with04 and 14.

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LOT 132

Superior/Superior

 

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

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Bert

Probable Artist: Mike Cirelli

Coin: 1930-P (VF)

 

First Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Very well done copy of a 揃ert previously carved by Bo or Bert and illustrated in the OHNS book. The technique used by Cirelli are virtually identical to those of Bo and Bert梩he hair, beard, moustache, ear, profile and collar. Coin is signed (MC), dated (04) and numbered (#17) on the reverse. Coin has been antiqued.

 

Second Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Totally carved modern work. This is an extremely accurate reproduction of a Superior Bo or Bert carving of Bert. Liberty altered to BERT.

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LOT 133

Superior/Superior

 

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

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Buck-toothed Billy

Probable Artist: Mike Cirelli

Coin: 1928-P (F)

 

First Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Carved by new artist Mike Cirelli. This is a rather comical character (named 揃ucktooth Billy by the artist) as the subject. Toboggan style hat, huge, nicely done ear, eye superbly done and a full set of buck teeth on the subject. Defined jaw line, altered profile and nicely altered nose. Signed (MC) dated (04) and numbered (#15) on rev. Coin antiqued.

 

Second Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Modern carving.

This character seems to be an elf, wearing a nicely textured knit cap with tassel. Extensively altered profile and face with big ear. Field is nicely dressed.

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LOT 134

Donation to OHNS

From Bill Jameson

Superior/Superior

 

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

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Friar

Probable Artist: Bill Jameson

Coin: 1937-P (XF)/(AU)

 

First Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Unusual subject. It was signed (monogram) and numbered (229) on the reverse. This is a beautiful carving by a very talented recent artist, Bill Jameson. Subject is a friar with a skullcap, typical hair style (page boy style). Nicely formed ear, high (cape type) collar, altered profile with expertly carved eye, eyebrow, mouth, nose, etc. Field smoothly dressed. Original date (1937) and Liberty remains on the coin. Coin antiqued.

 

Second Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Modern carving. A beautiful carving of a friar, with finely stippled skullcap and robe, finely carved hair, altered face and profile; all superbly done. The field is beautiful and smooth.

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LOT 135

Superior/Superior

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $137.50 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

P. T. Barnum

Probable Artist: Bill Jameson

Coin: Walking Liberty Half Dollar S-mint

 

First Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Profile is similar to Bridgeport Commemorative half dollar. It was signed (monogram) and numbered (249) on reverse. A lovely carving of 搕he Great Showman, P. T. Barnum, very similar to the design on the Bridgeport CT commemorative half dollar. Beautiful hair detail (and eyebrows); well formed ear; joweled jaw and chin. The border is cameo and scalloped all around figure with a stippled field. This is certainly a unique carving worthy of inclusion in anyone抯 collection: a highlight.

 

Second Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Modern carving. The coin抯 entire obverse was altered to an accurate cameo portrait of P. T. Barnum facing right, on a stippled field in a scalloped border. This is a masterpiece.

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LOT 136

Average/Average

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $286 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Indian

Probable Artist: Unknown

Coin: No Date (G)

 

First Examiner: Farnsworth

Observations: Reg. No. DEF-23. This is an original (classic) hobo nickel. The entire coin was carved on a nickel grading (G). Headband has an Indian design on it. The subject has a prominent ear and long braided sideburns. This is a nice average coin.

 

Second Examiner: Kraljevich

Observations: Average quality. No other comments made.

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LOT 137

Above Ave/Above Ave

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $385 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Bearded Man Wearing a Hat

Probable Artist: Unknown

Coin: No Date (G)

 

First Examiner: Farnsworth

Observations: Reg. No. DEF-28. This is an original (classic) hobo nickel. The entire portrait was carved, including the beard. The field was dressed. The date 1931 appears prominently carved below the neck.

 

Second Examiner: Kraljevich

Observations: One of a series of carvings by a known but unknown artist.

LOT 138(Three coins)

Donation to OHNS

 

1L: Average/Average

Coal Minor

 

1R: Average/Average

Bearded man Wearing Derby

 

2C: Average/Average

Railroad Engineer

 

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

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Lot of three modern hobo nickels by Frank Brazzell.

 

Coins: Buffalo Nickels

 

First Examiner: Fivaz

Second Examiner: Alpert

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LOT 139(Two Coins)

Donation to OHNS

 

Top: Average/Average

Tapin (Reverse Carving)

 

Bottom: Average/Average (H)

Horse (Obverse Carving)

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $38.50 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Two modern carvings: a Dorusa tapir reverse carving, and a horse love token

 

Probable Artists: John Dorusa

Coins: (Top): 1919-P (G)

(Bottom): No Date-P (F)

 

First Examiner: Fivaz

Second Examiner: Alpert

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LOT 140

Superior/Superior

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $385 Mail _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Obverse: Chimpanzee

Reverse: Three Evil Monkeys

Probable Artist: Robert Shamey

Coin: 1937-P

 

First Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: This is a two-sided carving. Obverse carving is of a chimpanzee head (wonderful likeness), with large ears, sunken eyes, etc. Reverse carving is of the famous 搒ee no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil monkeys, all sitting and expertly carved. Coin lightly polished. Field dressed with US of A and FIVE CENTS remaining.

 

Second Examiner: Alpert

Observations: This is a Modern two-sided carving. These are very impressive carvings of a chimp抯 head on the obverse, and three monkeys on the reverse. Both were done in high relief (fields deepened). Unusual subjects and beautifully done. Both have great eye appeal. Signed, numbered, and dated on edge.

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