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  Heritage's January 2006 FUN Signature Auction -Lot:7814 Auction:394 ... 12/05  
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  Carving Chips.....   • You have to be an OHNS member to qualify! • 
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  Additional Information ...added to FUN2006 Auction Lot39 ... 12/05  
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  NiCE Hodgepodge −by V-Dubya ... 12/05  
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  Carving Chips.....   • What do you think of the silver? • 
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  Hobo Tokens ...struck by Gallery Mint Museum -a collaborative project ... 12/05  
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  Carving Chips.....   • You were serious about defacing a valuable coin ...right? • 
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  MORE “Fun at a Coin Show” −by Ralph Winter ... 12/05  
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  A Carved Hobo Nickel “Button” −by Verne R. Walrafen ... 12/05  
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  Carving Chips.....   • A Classic “Telephone Ear” Carving • 
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  Carving Chips.....   • More Samhna (November) SGA Carvings • 
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  Dusty & B.G. “Big-Grin” Johansson −by Rick Ferry ... 11/05  
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  Nam Nickels −by Ralph Winter ... 11/05  
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  Diamonds Are Forever −by V-Dubya ... 11/05  
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  Carving Chips.....   • www.Warthers.com • 
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  My First Train! −by Amy Armstrong ... 11/05  
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  ###  The Touch of the Master's Hand  ### −by Mama Jo ... 11/05  
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  Carving Chips.....   • 1971 Copper-Nickel $1 MS64 Altered Surfaces... NOT by Bill Zach! • 
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  Carving Chips.....   • Just a “touch” of Green Verdigris! • 
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30 December 2005
“ Heritage's January 2006 FUN Signature Auction ”

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Lot:7814 Auction:394
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     Lot of Six “Hobo” Nickels... Included are various obverse styles dated 1913 Type One, two pieces, 1913 Type Two, 1914, 1914-D (scarce date), and 1916. All are attractive, well done pieces.

It is my understanding that this lot sold for $1,610. ~ vrw ~ 7 January 2006
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 Carving Chips.....   • You have to be an OHNS member to qualify! • 
One perfectly good bed going to waste in Orlando Florida!
Quality Inn Plaza ~ Wednesday, January 4th, 2006

Call me if you want to save a few bucks and can put up with someone who wants to talk about carved nickels all the time!
785-633-0466
      V-Dubya... A.K.A.“Verne”
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24 December 2005
•  A d d i t i o n a l   I n f o r m a t i o n  • ...added to FUN2006 Auction Lot39.
Shown here is a complete set of tokens (for your information and not being offered for sale in this auction.)
                                                                                    ( This is not the actual specimen being sold. )                           Click on any photo for enlargement!
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The 1992-95 copper Britt Iowa tokens were struck before the 1992(type2)/93/94/95 OHNS tokens
for which Ron Landis redated the 1995 “Ballcap” die to 1994 and created a new 1995 “Indian” die.
As a result the 1994 “Trimmed Beard” die never was included in the official OHNS token series.
The 1992(type2)/93/94 OHNS tokens had the buffalo reverse die and were struck on prepared nickel planchets.
The 1995 “Indian” OHNS tokens had the “ALL ABOARD” reverse die and were struck on a variety of planchets.
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21 December 2005
NiCE Hodgepodge
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Two weeks from today... if all goes according to plan ...I will be sitting in an Orlando Florida motel room eagerly awaiting the opening of the FUN2006 coin convention the next morning. A LOT has to happen between now and then to pull this off.
I will have with me eleven trays, something over 350 specimens, of numismatic material to share with my fellow nickel carving collectors and aficionados. I'd hoped to have CD-ROMs prepared and a slideshow to share but time is running out so I may not achieve that goal... we will see what happens.
On the trip down my plans are to visit with Bill Jameson and while in Orlando I hope to spend some time off the convention floor with Lee Griffiths and a friend of his who lives in the area. Add all that to as much time as I can garner around the OHNS table and I know I'll be in hog heaven... See ya soon!
Sorry the hand held digital photo of one of my display trays came out so poorly but it gives you an idea of what one tray looks like anyway. The other trays are simply solid rows of airtite nickel holders so those photographed even poorer than this one did... Sorry! Shown below are the tray titles for your information. ~ V-Dubya

NiCE Hodgepodge
NiCE Associate Member Carvings #1
preNiCE Charter Member Carvings
NiCE Associate Member Carvings #2
NiCE Charter Member Carvings #1
Other Carvers Carvings #1
NiCE Charter Member Carvings #2
Other Carvers Carvings #2
NiCE Charter Member Carvings #3
Hobo Tokens ...struck by Gallery Mint Museum #1
NiCE Charter Member Carvings #4
Hobo Tokens ...struck by Gallery Mint Museum #2
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 Carving Chips.....   • What do you think of the silver? • 
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Lee Griffiths' “The First Railroad Ride In California” carving on a $50 Kellogg&Humbert “SS Central America” gold Landis restrike is progressing.
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Wouldn't you like to have been a fly on the wall? Note that hobos had started to gather already on rooftops and under bridges!
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12 December 2005
Hobo Tokens ...struck by Gallery Mint Museum Supersize this picture!
The 1992-95 copper Britt Iowa tokens were struck before the 1992(type2)/93/94/95 OHNS tokens
for which Ron Landis redated the 1995 “Ballcap” die to 1994 and created a new 1995 “Indian” die.
As a result the 1994 “Trimmed Beard” die never was included in the official OHNS token series.
The 1992(type2)/93/94 OHNS tokens had the buffalo reverse die and were struck on prepared nickel planchets.
The 1995 “Indian” OHNS tokens had the “ALL ABOARD” reverse die and were struck on a variety of planchets.
The above title is an active link to what will eventually be several pages documenting the OHNS and GMM Hobo Tokens
that Ron Landis has created over the past decade plus. Obviously this is a bad time to start an extended collaborative project...
what with Christmas and FUN2006 on the immediate horizon ...but “stuff happens when it happens”!
Just to peak your interest... shown here are the first five OHNS tokens Ron created.
Dark background... Specimens sold to the public.
Light background... Specimens from GMM's archive.
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1992


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1992

Nickel
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1993

Nickel
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1994

Nickel “Pattern”
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1994

Nickel
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Research question:  Ron Landis thinks that the "Derby" 1994 tokens were patterns and not shipped to OHNS for distribution.
If any of our long-time members recalls any specifics on this token PLEASE let us know what you remember. ~ Verne 
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 Carving Chips.....   • You were serious about defacing a valuable coin ...right? • 
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Lee Griffiths started his “The First Railroad Ride In California” carving this week on a $50 Kellogg&Humbert “SS Central America” gold Landis restrike.
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5 December 2005
MORE “Fun at a Coin Show”
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“Rough Beard”
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“Doursa Clown”
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“Smoothie”

Two years ago I met a new friend and fellow hobo nickel collector Art DelFavero at the 2003 Fall Michigan State Numismatic Society (MSNS) Convention and Coin Show held every year the Friday, Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving. Since that show in 2003, Art and I have gotten together on many occasions to discuss hobo nickels and share our most recent acquisitions with each other. When possible we try to meet each other at major Michigan coin shows like MSNS. By the way... Art is also a skilled nickel carver known as Cinco de Arturo. Check out his carvings in the 2006 OHNS Auction, Lot numbers 89 and 90.
I arrived at this year's show at the 10AM opening on Friday. After a short time, Art called me on my cell phone and said he was running a little late and would be there in about an hour. So during that next hour, I went from dealer table to dealer table in the main room asking each dealer if he or she had any hobo nickels for sale. Out of the first 139 tables, I found 2 dealers with a total of 3 hobo nickels. All three nickels were original but no better than average quality.
I then moved to the second room where there were additional dealers. Lo and behold, the third dealer I talked to had several hobo nickels to show me. He had several John Dorusa's, a few Keith Pedersen's and to my surprise a “Rough Beard” and a “Smoothie.” I decided to purchase the “Rough Beard” and a John Dorusa clown. I agreed on price with the dealer and then had him hold the coins until Art arrived to view them. Not five minutes later, Art walked in and we sat down at the dealer's table. Art confirmed that the nickels were in fact a “Rough Beard” and “Smoothie.” Art talked me into purchasing the “Smoothie” nickel as well as the other two. Art and I then spent some time looking at the hobo nickels (some classic, some recent) that I had brought with me.

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“nodate” from MSNS auction
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“1917” from MSNS auction
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“1927” from MSNS auction

In the same room where I found these hobo nickels were the MSNS auction lots for the Craig A. Whitford Numismatic Auctions taking place during the weekend of MSNS Show. There were two lots of hobo nickels in the auction. The first lot consisted of three nickels and the second lot consisted of two hobo nickels. I decided I was only interested in one coin in the lot of three. I submitted a bid based on the value (to me) of that one nickel. One week after the MSNS show I learned I had won that lot. I received it in the mail the next day. Above are the three nickels in that lot. Along with the other coins I purchased at the show, it was a wonderful coin show for this hobo nickel collector.
After I finished checking out the dealer tables and viewing the numismatic displays, I went to the MSNS Hospitality Suite in the hotel where the convention was being held. One of the volunteers in the Hospitality Suite is Rita Jene Sledz, hobo nickel collector and OHNS member along with her husband Don Charters who also happens to the Bourse chairman at the MSNS Convention. I shared my newest acquisitions along with those I had brought with me. She enjoyed seeing them and even tried to buy couple from me. Unfortunately for Rita, I declined her offer.
Both Art and I enjoyed this year抯 MSNS Coin Show. We are now both eagerly looking forward to upcoming FUN Show and OHNS meeting and Auction. Hopefully, we抣l see you there. ~ Ralph Winter... OHNS-LM37

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3 December 2005

A Carved Hobo Nickel “Button”
This nickel/button carved by Richard Carpenter just sold for $202.50 on eBay.
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  Shown here are some carved buttons that Richard has recently sold on eBay.       Click for full button descriptions...
−by Richard Carpenter and Bill Wegner
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Shown here are some carved buttons that Will has recently sold on eBay.       Click for full button descriptions...
−by Wilfred F. Charbonneau, Jr.
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  Carving Chips.....   • A Classic “Telephone Ear” Carving •  
This classic carving just sold for $280.53 on eBay.
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 Carving Chips.....   • More Samhna (November) SGA Carvings • 

Samhna B Donn”,  “Sun (not named)”,  “Star (not named)”  and  “Lugh Chromain”  −by Steven G. Adams
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   The Celtic Lunar venerations are... B Donn ~ the brown cow or old crescent moon, B Orann ~ the dark cow or dark moon, B Ruad ~ the red cow or new crescent moon and B Finn ~ the white cow or full moon. Since Samhna is Celtic for November the result is: “November old crescent moon”. Some cultures call this moon a “dry moon”, one which held no water because it all poured out. On the other hand, other cultures said that such a moon is a “wet moon” because it allows the water to pour out!
   Lugh was credited with many powers. In Irish tradition, he was revered both as a formidable warrior and a master magician. Lugh aided Cu-Chulainn in his struggles against the Connacht forces and helped the craft Gods to forge their magic weapons. Later, his craftsman's role became more emphasized and he was known as Lugh Chromain (“Little stooping Lugh”) or, in its anglicized form, the prototype of the Leprechaun.

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30 November 2005
Dusty & B.G. “Big-Grin” Johansson
−by Rick Ferry
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The Making of a Self-Made Man
Rick has an extravaganza posted, eight webpages, showing the step-by-step
process he accomplished in order to create this wonderful wood carving! Enjoy!
The title above is an active link that you can follow to that massive effort.
  © Copyright 2005 ~ Rick Ferry ~ “HOBOS IN WOOD” ~ All rights reserved.  
Copying of images and content is prohibited without written permission.

   Dusty and B.G. “Big-Grin” Johansson have been partners for several years now. They share everything; food, work, and even the bedroll. How they formed their association is a long story, but if you have the time I抣l tell it.
   B.G. made his fortune shipping freight on Michigan抯 Upper Peninsula; and lost it in the crash of 29. What little he didn抰 lose, his wife took when she left him for a nightclub owner in Chicago.
   That was pretty much the final straw for Johansson; he caught a west-bound with just the clothes on his back. That was a few years ago and his possibles haven抰 increased a whole lot.
   The aspen leaves were just starting to turn when B.G. found a couple days work on a small farm near Denver. Digging spuds wasn抰 B.G.抯 favorite work but he did have a fondness for tater soup. Each night he was allowed to bed down in the barn with the animals. Alfalfa hay is the Waldorf Astoria of hobo bedding; clean and so fresh smelling you can抰 help but have sweet dreams.
   One rainy night the farmer抯 dog brought her litter of pups inside the barn. Farmers have little use for more than one good dog at a time, so pups are not generally considered an asset. The next morning the dog and her pups were gone except for one little mutt who had taken shelter inside B.G.抯 bedroll.
   That was the beginning of a lifelong friendship. B.G. named him Dusty because each evening when they bed down for the night he would be all dusty from the days travel. This is the anniversary of their partnership; each year they celebrate the day with a fine dinner... just Dusty and “Big-Grin”. ~ Rick Ferry

I thank you all for the generous offers, but this carving is SOLD. Please watch my home page for
new carvings as they are completed. I will not consider other offers once a carving has been sold.
Thank you again for your interest in my Hobos. ~ Rick FerryClick to EMail this person.
www.HobosInWood.com
Unexpected Encounter with Namesake

Beckett “<BG>” George
   
−by Michael Cirelli   
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   As we have previously narrated... Beckett is a midwest transplant originally from Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. He is known by one and all as <BG> which is his personal tag and shows up on boxcars from coast to coast. We heard that he fell out of Silicon Valley during the dot-com diaspora so his tag makes sense. Of course, the “BG” could be his initials but, since he invariably has a BIG GRIN on his mug, we take the <BG> literally. We were so impressed with Beckett's unflagging good humor that we convinced our eldest daughter to name our brand-new Grandboy “Beckett George Hanna”.
   When B.G. “Big-Grin” Johansson arrived here in the Kansa Territories... he and <BG>, upon noting their similar monikers, ferreted out that they were Grandfather and Grandson ~ namesakes!
   It turns out that <BG>'s Dad's stepfather, Torbj鰎n Johansson, a notorious Chicago night club owner, had adopted him as an infant after Big-Grin had hit the road in 1930. As one might expect under these circumstances, <BG> had never known his paternal Grandfather nor his original family name... he had always been a “Hanna” after all. It is not surprizing that both men ended up with virtually identical monikers... blood always tells! ~ V-Dubya

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28 November 2005

Nam Nickels 
Ralph schlepping radio
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Bob Shamey's Carving
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Unit Patch
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Back in 1970 I was invited by my Uncle Sam to experience a one year outing in the fun and sun capital of Southeast Asia otherwise known as the Republic of Vietnam. I spent much of my time as Radio Operator in the U.S. Army抯 Charlie Company of the 11th Infantry Brigade of the 23rd (or Americal) Infantry Division.
Thirty-five years later I decided it might be fun to commission a hobo nickel artist or two to carve my 1970-71 image on a Buffalo nickel. Two artists responded to my challenge and provided me with two very different yet artistic interpretations. I provided each with a couple of faded photos of myself (see below) while serving in Nam.
Ralph in helicopter somewhere over Vietnam
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Lee Griffith's Carving

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Ralph with friend in Vietnam

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The first carver to send me his creation was Bob Shamey. Bob抯 carving is on a 1937 Buffalo nickel and depicts me carrying a radio wearing my helmet. You抣l also notice that Bob has added the 23rd Infantry Division patch and a helicopter to the carving. Bob correctly surmised that I spent more than few hours going from place to place riding in those birds.
Lee Griffiths put his interpretation on a 1913 Buffalo Nickel. Lee chose to show me wearing a soft hat or 揓ungle hat.
Both carvers did a great job, and I抦 very pleased with my recent acquisitions. By the way, these are the first hobo nickels I've had commissioned with a particular subject in mind. ~ Ralph Winter... Monday, 28 November 2005, 11:29AM

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13 November 2005
“ Diamonds Are Forever ”

“Train of Thought” −by Steven G. Adams
Another  NiCE  Nickel
Train of Thought
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Fourty-five years ago I bought an engagement ring with a quarter carat central diamond and two smaller stones on either side... it cost me two months salary. The center stone was later paired with an identical sized stone and became ear rings for Caroline.
I gave the smaller stones to Steve AdamsClick to EMail this person. and he used one of them here which gives this carving special meaning to V-Dubya. Nickel carvings just don't get any more special than this one... it has everything; a hobo, a train, three gold inlays, a diamond and SGA's unique talent and vision!
As you can see below... Steve continues apace carving fantastic nickels. You'll understand why I get really exhilarated whenever a SGA EMail arrives in my INBOX! ~ V-Dubya

“Martyr Of Liberty”, “Claudius Lysias”, “Proctor N. Gamble” and “Michelangelo's Pieta” −by Steven G. Adams
OK... OK... I only purchased “Martyr”, “Claudius” and “Proctor”.  The last I knew “Pieta” was still available for purchase.  -vrw
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What's that UP Locomotive doing sideled up alongside my MKT Station?   Station Master!!!
“At The Station” −by Steven G. Adams
Another
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Another FIRST!  This is my only nickel carving to date with Gold, Copper and Brass inlays!
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The General
  (an "American type" Locomotive stolen by the North during the Civil War)  
Wood carving of walnut and ivory using all hand tools.
Click to see our 19 August 2004 OHNS NEWS item: Ernest “Mooney” Wather 1885-1973.
Click to see our 19 August 2004 OHNS NEWS item: Ernest “Mooney” Wather 1885-1973.
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3 November 2005

My First Train! 
“Thomas” of Sodor  
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I decided to take a break from carving baseball players, movie stars and outlaws to try something new. I should say new to me. I realize trains are a staple to hobo nickel carving, however I must admit to knowing little about them. With all my carvings I start with an inspired idea and research the subject. With this carving I consulted a resident expert or shall I say an expert living in my residence. My son James.
James is 4 years old and loves trains more than anything in the world (except his mommy). His knowledge of trains is vast and detailed. In this carving (#14)... the subject is my son's favorite toy train “Thomas”. James tells me Thomas is a very useful engine. He lives on the island Sodor and has many train friends. Thomas and his friends learn how to work together. Thanks to James for his expert advise on this subject.
This carving poses a question. Where does it all begin? The passion for something we collect or love to do. Trains, baseball, art, coins.....whatever. As a child? Was it a neat coin you once found sparkling on the ground? Was it a great drawing you made in school? Was it a new pack of baseball cards that came with stick of gum inside? Or maybe... it was your first toy train. ~ Amy ArmstrongClick to see a photo of Amy.Click to EMail this person.... Thursday, 3 November 2005, 9:29PM

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3 November 2005
###  The Touch of the Master's Hand  ###   −by  Mama Jo  (Hobo Queen 2003-2004)
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 Carving Chips.....   • 1971 Copper-Nickel $1 MS64 Altered Surfaces... NOT by Bill Zach! • 
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Dr. Ralph J. Perrico, III
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   Despite what the slab's label says... our friend Ralph carved this Ike Dollar and not Bill (Jameson) Zach. ~ V-Dubya   
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 Carving Chips.....   • Just a “touch” of Green Verdigris! • 
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This group of carvings by an unknown carver... purchased as a lot from “Heritage Galleries ...exhibited almost identically corroded reverses.
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