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...151-160 ~ Page...16

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LOT 151(Two Coins)

Superior/Superior

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $1,210 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Elephant

2003 Silver Hobo Token

 

Probable Artist: Ron Landis

Coins: Buffalo nickel and struck silver copy

 

First Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Two coin lot set – original model and struck token from 2003. This depicts an elephant on the original model carving, created for the 2003 Gallery Mint Museum Hobo Token. Engraved on the reverse is: “Original Nickel Carving. Model used to create the 2003 hobo token. Gallery Mint Museum RL 02 #204. Ron Landis, Engraver”. This is a great companion to the previous lot.

Second Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Original elephant reverse carving used to create the reverse die of the 2003 Gallery Mint Museum’s hobo token. A silver token accompanies the original. Several changes were done to the elephant on the die, as well as adding the motto which is removed on the carving. Great for a comparison study.

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LOT 152

Average/Average (H)

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $357.50 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Obverse:

Bearded Man Wearing Derby

Reverse: Hobo with Backpack

 

Probable Artist: Unknown

Coin: No Date Buffalo Nickel

 

First Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: “BERTY” has no meaning as the hat brim eliminated the “LI”. This is definitely not a “Bert” carving. This is a double sided carving. Obverse is the typical subject: bearded man wearing (high crowned) derby. Small ear; hat band with bow; unaltered profile; punched eye; mouth altered. Fine line cuts for collar, coat, and tie. Walking hobo is on the reverse, (torso only). Bearded man with pack on back Field nicely dressed.

 

Second Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Old two-sided hobo nickel, carved and punched. Nice, but has somewhat simple workmanship. Carved lines form the collar, ear, and hat band. The fields are nicely dressed. The hair-beard-mustache-eyebrow was punched. The nostril was altered. It has decent eye appeal.

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LOT 153(61 Coins)

Below Ave/Below Ave

 

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

Bidder Number: ___________

 

61 Coins, Various Subjects

Probable Artist: Johnny Wells (allegedly)

Coins: Various Buffalo Nickels

 

First Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: These 61 coins were allegedly carved by a prisoner in Oklahoma, from 1940 to 1955. Miscellaneous subjects and all average or below average on the QD scale. There are many clowns, etc.

 

Second Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Mostly below average; some average. Done on (AG) to (G) coins.  These were purchased in 1986 from a Texas coin dealer who bought them from a collector who said he bought them from Johnny Wells, an Oklahoma prisoner who carved nickels from 1940 – 1955. There are many clowns, plus hippies, Indians, and other characters. This is a rare opportunity to obtain a hoard from a named carver. Further research is needed.

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LOT 154(31 Coins)

Below Ave/Below Ave

 

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

Bidder Number: ___________

 

31 Coins with Various Subjects

 

Probable Artists: J. Allen (16), “H.S.” (15)

 

Coins: Various Buffalo Nickels

 

First Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Several subjects by two artists, J. Allen (Rochester, NY) and “H. S.” (name is unknown).

 

Second Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Below average to average modern carvings. This is a bulk lot offering of 31 modern signed carvings by J. Allen (16) and “H. S.” (15). Various subjects are displayed. Punched and carved.

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LOT 155(28 Coins)

Below Average to Average

 

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

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Various Subjects

Probable Artists: Unknown, J. Press, and Kari Schmidt (?)

Coins: Various

 

First Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Several nice old pieces in this lot, most unsigned. A nicer than usual lot (28 coins), one on a full horn 1914-D, another on a 1913-D T1, two on 1913-P T2, and one on a 1909 VDB one cent coin. Potential bidders should examine this lot if at all possible.

 

Second Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Average to below average. Nice bulk lot of 28 miscellaneous carvings (9 old, 19 modern). It contains interesting pieces. Lots 152 to 155 are the entire hobo nickel collection of one of our members.

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LOT 156

Donation to OHNS

From Wayne Stafford

Above Ave (L)/Above Ave (L)

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $55 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Long Haired Man

Probable Artist: Elmer Villarin

Coin: No Date (F)

 

First Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Modern carving (?). Long stringy hair (no beard) on subject, covering ear area; profile altered as well as mouth, nose and eye. Brow furrows over eye. Subject’s tongue is sticking out. Heavy checked design for coat or collar. It was signed on reverse “Elma Villarin”.

 

Second Examiner: Alpert

Observations: a man with long hair and faceted checkered coat. No ear. Profile and eye were altered. Tongue slightly protrudes from mouth. It is probably a modern carving.

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LOT 157

Donation to OHNS

From Wayne Stafford

Above Ave/Above Ave

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $55 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Beardless Man Wearing Derby, Smoking Cigarette

 

Probable Artist: Elmer Villarin

Coin: No Date (F)

 

First Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Modern carving (?). This is an interesting carving of a bearded man wearing a derby with a different hatband and two small holes in the crown. The ear is nicely formed. Profile, eye, mouth and nose altered; furrows in brow over eye. Man’s lips outlined and he is smoking a cigarette. Entire field dressed. It was signed on reverse: “EV”.

 

Second Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Apparently a modern work that could be mistaken for an old carving. Strap-like hatband; brim only at ends. Ear, eye, profile, and cigarette were carved. Collars are simple. Nicely dressed field with Liberty removed.

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LOT 158

Superior/Superior

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $605 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Hiking Hobo

Probable Artist: Robert Shamey

Coin: 1937-X (XF)

 

First Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Nice reverse carving. The subject is a large headed hobo with a bundle stick over his shoulder; smoke rising from pipe in his mouth. There is a large hand holding walking stick and a down turned mouth. Well carved pants, hat and shirt, with one showing loose sole on the bottom. US of A remains. Stippled field. Coin antiqued after carving.

 

Second Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Modern carving. this is an extremely nice very high relief reverse carving of a hobo with bindle stick over shoulder and holding a walking stick. Big head and great details. Bindle stick even forms a “bridge” between hand and shoulder over right arm. Great eye appeal.

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LOT 159

Superior/Superior

 

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

Bidder Number: ___________

 

"The Storyteller"

Three Heads

Probable Artist: Lee Griffiths

Coin: 1937-P (VF)

 

First Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Modern carving. This is a wonderful three figure carving of the face of a young boy smiling, with a pageboy haircut behind and to the left of the central figure, the full face carving of an old bearded man. To the right, in profile and looking down with closed eyes, is a young girl with bangs. This is a unique and beautifully detailed carving. It is signed “L G 17” to the right of the date.

 

Second Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Modern carving. This is a beautiful triple-header carving, apparently of a grandfather and two grandchildren. Great details and eye appeal. It is even nicer than it appears in the photo.

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LOT 160

Above Ave/Above Ave

 

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

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Bearded Man Wearing Derby

Probable Artist: Unknown

Coin: 1913-P T1 (VF)

 

First Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Gold plated with loop at top. This carving is of the typical subject, with the derby-hatband-bow being well done and the hair-beard-mustache punched. The ear resembles a “telephone ear”, but much smaller. Collar and bow tie. Coin’s field has been completely dressed to create a shallow cameo effect, then gold plated and a loop added at the top.

 

Second Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Totally carved nice old hobo nickel. Nice overall workmanship. The ear is the weakest feature. The profile is altered. Groove around the border. Gold plated with loop added. Nice eye appeal.

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