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  Carving Chips.....   • Classic Nickel Carvings from Ohio and Illinois •  
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  Carving Chips.....   • The First Working Steam Locomotive •  
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  Carving Chips.....   • The Main Moving Parts of a Steam Locomotive with Walschaerts Valve Gear •  
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  Carving Chips.....   • American Experience ~ Transcontinental Railroad •  
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  Lee Griffiths Continues Railroad Worker Series −by Verne R. Walrafen ... 2/06  
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  Numismatist” ~ Every Month's Cover Story Is Available On-Line! −by V-Dubya ... 2/06  
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  The “Missing Link” Revisited −by Robert Polk ... 2/06  
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  Carving Chips.....   • Roger Wollam's Carved Nickel Collection •  
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  What the Heck is an Engraving Bridge? −by Steven G. Adams ... 2/06  
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  Carving Chips.....   • Circus Lingo and Old Hobo Slang •  
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  Carving Chips.....   • Classic Nickel Carvings off of eBay! •  
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  Carving Chips.....   • “Al and Al”... Engraver Al Rowe and an Indignant Alligator • 
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  ••••• OHNS Website User Survey ••••• Who's Out There?  
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  ###  FUN at OHNS  ### −by Mama Jo ... 2/06  
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Perfect Fields... created by William “BillZach” Jameson! ... 2/06
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  Carving Chips.....   • A Remarkable Batting Average! • 
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  Carving Chips.....   • Six Pedersen Hobos Who Survived! • 
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  Carving Chips.....   • Could it be an Early Hobo Nickel? • 
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Not All “Carved Nickels” Started Life As Nickels! −by V-Dubya ... 1/06
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  Carving Chips.....   • BoTales ~ Special FUN Show Issue • 
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The “Missing Link” −by Verne R. Walrafen ... 1/06
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OHNS Plans Winter and Summer Auctions Annually ... 1/06
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  2007 OHNS Token "Casting Call" −by Ron Landis ... 1/06  
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  Carving Chips.....   • Return to Monticello • 
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  Included in the FUN2006 Heist... watch for these carved nickels! ... 1/06  
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  One dozen of the many hundreds of carved nickels stolen at FUN2006 ... 1/06  
{ $450,000 in coins stolen in 5 thefts ~ Henry Pierson Curtis ~ Sentinel Staff Writer }
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Click to access all Annual Online FUN Auction Catalogs FUN2006 Mail and Floor Bid Auction Catalogue Saturday, January 7, 2006 at 10 a.m. ... 1/06  
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  Carving Chips.....   • Classic Nickel Carvings from Ohio and Illinois •  
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Shown here are two classic hobo nickels I won in recent eBay auctions. One came from Ohio and one from Illinois. They are by the same unknown classic carver. What I'm trying to find out is if anyone else has a nickel by the same carver?
If so... please contact me at Click to EMail this person..
Ralph Winter, OHNS LM-37
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  Carving Chips.....   • The First Working Steam Locomotive •  
Trevithick's First Working Steam Locomotive Model circa 1796
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Trevithick's First Working Steam Locomotive circa 1804
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Richard Trevithick: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaClick to visit this website.
Railways in the 19th CenturyClick to visit this website.
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  Carving Chips.....   • The Main Moving Parts of a Steam Locomotive with Walschaerts Valve Gear •  
    1-Link, 2-Eccentric crank, 3-Radius rod, 4-Lap/lead lever, 5-Crosshead, 6-Valve, 7-Cylinder and 8-Reach rod.    
Locomotive: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaClick to visit this website.
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  Carving Chips.....   • American Experience ~ Transcontinental Railroad Click to visit website. •  
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INTERACTIVE MAP ~ Track the railroads' seven-year race to completion. Click to visit website.
SCOUTING ALBUM ~ Take a Western road trip with the producers. Click to visit website.
INTERVIEW ~ Explore the railroad's impact on Plains Indians. Click to visit website.
www.pbs.org Click to visit website.
The Film & MoreClick to visit website.   Special FeaturesClick to visit website.   TimelineClick to visit website.   GalleryClick to visit website.   People & EventsClick to visit website.   Teacher's GuideClick to visit website.
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26 February 2006
Lee Griffiths Continues Railroad Worker Series
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Tunnel No.8 Worker                       “Nuts” O'Malley                             Pinkerton Man    
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Steve Adams wrote to say; “I love Nuts O'Malley” and to inquire as to his profession. Here's the story:
    “Nuts”... known to both friend and foe alike as “Ah Nuts! Here we go again!O'Malley, worked in the locomotive shops here in Topeka Kansas. He was not known for his patience with man, beast nor machine but any locomotive he was responsible for was ALWAYS ready on time. His credo was that a real craftsman must alway use the right tool for the job and never use force. His second most favorite utterance was “Get me a bigger hammer!” As a younger man he was known as “Big Hammer” O'Malley but he discouraged the use of that nickname in his more mature years because of the sexual innuendo which he had thought “clever” earlier in his life. He was none too happy with “Nuts”... both since it could be, and often was, used as a derogatory, pejorative epithet but he became resigned to it as the lesser of many worse appellations.
    The full head of fiery red hair of his youth matched his quick silver temper but both have noticeably “thinned” with the advance of time. Now-a-days he is retired and known for being a colorful local character and a great story teller who plans on living out his remaining years here in the Kansa Territories... “God's Country” as he regularly refers to it. He and I get along famously! Not only because of our mutually shared love for these midwestern environs but because of our similar approaches to life. As an old retired Engineer my solution to life's minor problems has always been: “Measure with a micrometer, mark with chalk, cut with a chain saw and pound to fit!” I am, and shall remain, a steadfast fan of both “Nuts” O'Malley and Lee Griffiths! ~ Verne R. Walrafen

“Big Hammer” O'Malley                     “Nuts” O'Malley                   Topeka Locomotive Shops
     Lee Griffiths' Artwork                  Lee Griffiths' Artwork            O'Malley caught standing still.
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Tunnel No.8 Worker                 Tunnel No.8 Work Crew                     Pinkerton Badge    
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“The Birth of The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad” ~ by Joseph W. Snell and Don W. Wilson
Part One of Two ~ Summer, 1968 (Vol. 34, No. 2), pages 113 to 142 Click to read article. Click to read this article on CD-ROM
Part Two of Two ~ Autumn, 1968 (Vol. 34, No. 3), pages 325 to 356 Click to read article. Click to read this article on CD-ROM
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24 February 2006
Numismatist~ Every Month's Cover Story Is Available On-Line!
“Paul Manship: THE DYNAMICS of Family and Design”Click to read article.
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American Numismatic Association's March 2005 “Numismatist”Click to visit this website.
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As I was filing the back issues of my American Numismatic Association "Numismatist" magazines today I noticed an interesting locomotive medal pictured on the cover of the March 2005 issue. So I used “Google” to search for [“southern railway system centennial” medal] and got three URL addresses. The first two addresses were for the Medals Archive of “The Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture”Click to visit this website.... a wonderful resource worth your time to check out. The full particulars for the 1930 locomotive medal that caught my eye are given at... “Southern Railway System Centennial Medal”Click to visit this website..
The third address really surprised me... it was to the actual article from ANA's “Numismatist” magazineClick to visit this website. that I had in front of me on my desk. I had been totally unaware that ANA's “www.money.org”Click to visit this website. was providing so much published content online. ANA has over three years, 2003 up into 2006, worth of MAJOR articles posted on the World Wide Web already.
Clearly ANA doesn't feel that they are “giving away” to non-members the benefits that their members pay for. That is a commonly held paradigm for many of the folks who grew up in the “paid subscription” era of publishing. Along the lines of... “They won't buy the cow if the milk is free!” Others who are more comfortable in today's information age view this sharing of information as natural and something that promotes an organization or business rather than diminishing it. So here ya go... read and enjoy: “Paul Manship: THE DYNAMICS of Family and Design”Click to read article..
One of the primary goals of most numismatic groups is the dissemination of information about their particular shared area(s) of interest (or obsession if you will.) ANA is doing a superb job in this regard... a model for us all to emulate. Thank you ANA! ~ V-Dubya

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Locomotive medals from the Henry Luce III Medals ArchiveClick to visit this website.
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19 February 2006
The “Missing Link” Revisited
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Bob's “1917-S
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Auction2's “1915-S
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Cliff's “1914-S

This 1917-S nickel carving is described on a 1999 QD Form (those Examiner's comments are provided below) and is owned by Robert Polk. The 1914-S and 1915-S nickel carvings shown here again have already been discussed in NEWS item The “Missing Link”.
1917-S Examiner's Comments
Monkey-like man (bearded), wearing hat... Above Average. This coin is almost identical to the photo at the upper right of the OHNS submission form (in 1999), and while the artist is unknown by name this is the 3rd or 4th one seen of the same figure. It has a simian look or it may be a representation of an Irishman. Decided upward curved hat brim, uptilted nose, no moustache and scraggly punched beard. Very large slightly raised metal ear, mouth slightly altered. Green verdigris on obverse in some recessed areas. Bill Fivaz... June 26, 1999
Comic Character wearing hat... Above Average (high). Let's call him “Monkey Face”. Huge pushed metal ear. 3-D hat brim but not pushed. Very skillful use of flat faced punch to alter fields behind head and front profile. Looks like someone from “The East Side Gang”. Curved punch used to create hair and beard lines. Unusual and scarce subject. David Wilson... August 2, 1999.

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  Carving Chips.....   • Roger Wollam's Carved Nickel Collection •  
Here you see a selection of Roger's 22 piece collection which he is selling on eBay this week.
To see the entire collection visit webpage: Roger Wollam's Carved Nickel CollectionVisit Roger's collection website..

“Somali” ~ Roger Wollam
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“Kenyian” ~ Roger Wollam
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“Old Hippie” ~ Roger Wollam
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G. W. "Bo" Hughes
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12 February 2006
What the Heck is an Engraving Bridge?
This lot brought the quite substantial amount of $1,500 on 12 February 2006 on eBay.
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Hobo Nickel by Steven Adams... This auction is for the four items shown above. 1) Hobo Nickel - this is a detailed, good quality, deep relief carving, typical of Steve's work. Reverse has his OHNS nickname "Mr. Chips" on it, as well as his initials SGA and the year. 2) A flattened Buffalo Nickel with a line engraving of a hobo. We wondered what a nickel would look like if a locomotive ran over it. In this case, a 50 ton press had to suffice. All the original elements of the design are still faintly visible. 3) One of Steve's favorite engraving tools, which three generations of engravers have used. 4) A brass engraving bridge, which is used to guide the graver for material removal or for adding detail. Steven G. Adams... Tuesday, February 7, 2006 4:25PM
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Here are a couple of bridges I use besides the brass ones. Any shape will do really, its just what you prefer. Typically there is no handle on a bridge, but as you see in one of the photos I did use a handle. The bottom side is polished so it doesn't mark your work, and the top side can have various grooves. If you have a bridge with a really tight curve then you don't have to have any grooves. The bridge is just for leverage in removing material or steadiness in adding detail. Steven G. Adams... Thursday, February 9, 2006 9:06AM

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  Carving Chips.....   • Circus Lingo and Old Hobo Slang •  
Click to read this article. Circus Lingo ~ from Big Top Productions (c)1995 Click to read this article.   Click to read this article. A Dictionary of Old Hobo Slang Click to read this article.
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There is a particular jargon that belongs exclusively to the world of the circus. As in any close group, Circus lingo evolved from convenience and daily usage. A few expressions were abridged from longer words but carry some of their original flavor; others were coined or invented as the need arose. A number were derived from the Italian and French languages; still others were contributions from the Romany tongue of the gypsies. Gradually all of these words became threads woven into the rich tapestry of the circus.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Stephen P. Alpert ... Click to EMail this person.
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Compiled from many books on hoboes, and also some original material supplied to the author.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M
N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
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  Carving Chips.....   • Classic Nickel Carvings off of eBay! •  
I Was Just “nicked” off of eBay for $55!
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They don't come much more appealing than this one!
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I Brought a Much More Respectable $227!
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The Seller tells us he found this in change in High School in 1957-58.
He thought it was just the ruination of a good date buffalo.
This 1913D-Type2 certainly is one of the scarcer Buffalo Nickels.
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While I Brought a Really Impressive Amount ... $765!

The legend on this carved nickel looks like “Ish Ga Bibble” or “Isk Ga Bibble”.
Either way... old “Ish Ka Bibble” hobo nickels are scarce and very popular with collectors.
I do not know who the artist is. ~ Steve Alpert
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 Carving Chips.....   • “Al and Al”... Engraver Al Rowe and an Indignant Alligator • 
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“Crazy Al and the gator he caught by hand.” ~ Dick Sheehan            Al and Sarah Jane Rowe   
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Engraver Al Rowe and his lovely wife Sarah Jane spared no effort to show Lee Griffiths and V-Dubya Florida while we attended FUN2006 in Orlando. They had done the same for Dick Sheehan when he visited them previously.
Our thanks to both of our gracious hosts! ~ Lee Griffiths and Verne R. Walrafen
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5 February 2006
••••• OHNS Website User Survey •••••
Who's
Out
There?

Keeping the OHNS website updated and growing is a MASSIVE effort requiring both time (a lot!) and money (a little!)
Folks... I desperately need to know if all this work is worth it to you.  Please! V-Dubya and tell us as much of the following as you are comfortable sharing.  To protect your privacy I won't share anything but aggregate totals with anyone.

To avoid the possibility of multiple responses from a single individual warping the survey results I will not tabulate any anonymous replies.
Click to EMail V-Dubya.
1.  Are you an Original Hobo Nickel Society (OHNS) member?  [Yes]  [No]
2.  Approximately how frequently do you visit this website?  [Seldom]  [Weekly]  [Daily]  [Other...explain]
  3.  How useful or interesting do you find our content?  [Minimally]  [Moderately]  [Extremely]  [Other...explain]  
4.  Do you have any specific comments or suggestions?  Please feel free to speak your mind!
Click to EMail V-Dubya.
By way of explanation... OHNS has 452 active members.  If only 5% of them visit our website then its usefulness is definitely subject to debate.  If there are substantial numbers of non-members using our website then that would certainly give us reason to continue our current level of effort.  For this reason EVERY RESPONSE COUNTS both from members and non-members.
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6 February 2006
###  FUN at OHNS  ###   −by  Mama Jo  (Hobo Queen 2003-2004)
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3 February 2006
Perfect Fields... created by William “BillZach” Jameson!
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Matari1 LeCoterie      ~      Minas2 LeCoterie      ~      Micco3 LeCoterie      ~      Merikano4 LeCoterie      ~      Morohtar5 LeCoterie

When one sees these wonderful carved nickels they can't help but be immediately struck by the quality of the fields. These all look like they were struck from dies... pattern nickels if you will ...perhaps at the Gallery Mint Museum. They all have the quality that Ron Landis is so famous for demanding, and producing, when he creates anything.
My first thought when I saw this set of carvings was the famous movie quote “If you build it, he will come.” and I wanted to somehow work that into the title here because each carving definitely has a “Field of Dreams” but that just didn't work out for me.
Bill tells me that he has exhausted his Muse for nickel carving and now plans on concentrating on some "pattern" U.S. silver dollars and gun engraving that he has promised clients. I figure he will still carve an occasional nickel just for old-times sake but we will see what happens. Thank you for all you have done for us Bill! We are all richer for knowing you and admiring your work. ~ Verne R. Walrafen

1A Man~AustralianAboriginal 2The Great One~Scottish 3Chief~Seminole 4Using English~Aruban/Romany 5Dark Warrior~Elvish
Co穞er穒e n. A small, often select group of persons who associate with one another frequently [Old French... peasant association.]
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An Unusual “Reverse Carved” Morgan Dollar!
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I finished my 1883 Morgan project... based on the “Buffalo Bill Wild West Show” that opened in 1883. It has an engraved rim, wheat border, engraved scalloped outer field and engraved field with “Buffalo Bill” as the subject. ~ Bill Jameson
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 NiCE Nickel Carvings ...13 pages of nickel carvings including this LeCoterie set!Visit the NiCE website. 
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 Carving Chips.....   • A Remarkable Batting Average! • 
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Ralph's .857 Batting Average Would Send Ty Cobb Back To The Farm Leagues!

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−by David Behrens
'Five Cent Peace' collection, by artist David Behrens
Five Cent Peace Panel
Five Cent Peace Panel ~ Multi ~ 36"x44" PANEL ~ $7.95
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Ralph Winter had a really great week right after
he got back from FUN2006. He won six classic
nickel carvings... shown above ...while bidding
on eBay. Out of the seven he bid on... only the
one shown here on the left got away from him.
Six out of seven gives Ralph a remarkable
batting average. Congratulations Ralph! ~ vrw
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 Carving Chips.....   • Six Pedersen Hobos Who Survived! • 
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揚addy Padparadscha  ~  W.E.B. Du Bois  ~  Malcom Malachite  ~  羽inn the All-Father  ~  Timon 揟inPan Alleman  ~  Imperial Potentate
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Six Pedersen Hobos Who Survived The Chevys Fresh Mex® Restaurant Massacre!
Fortunately, earlier in the day that infamous Saturday ...January 7th, 2006... these six hale and hardy traveling companions
...this band of brothers... had hopped a northbound Florida Central Railroad slow freight headed out for the Kansa Territories.
Thus they escaped the ignoble fate that befell their brethren that dark evening. They are all still wearing their black arm bands!
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 Carving Chips.....   • Could it be an Early Hobo Nickel? • 
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Joe Paonessa asked the rhetorical question... THANKS Joe!
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Hermes... God of Commerce
Ainos in north-eastern Greece, Tetradrachm... dated about 460-450 BC.   Mildenberg's Dream Collection ~ Coin#37
A majestic severe looking head of Hermes, god of commerce, to the right. On the reverse a wonderful depiction of a goat.
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25 January 2006
Not All “Carved Nickels” Started Life As Nickels!
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Nickel Carvers are notorious for carving almost anything they can lay their hands on... and Ron Landis is no exception. These “Britt Iowa” tokens are wonderful examples of Ron's work. I have a standing order for a carved set of Ron's GMM “Train Car Reverses” Hobo Tokens, 1996-2000. I will let all y'all know when Ron actually completes that set for me. ~ V-Dubya

 Hobo Tokens ...struck by Gallery Mint Museum Visit the NiCE website. 
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 Carving Chips.....   • BoTales ~ Special FUN Show Issue • 
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16 January 2006
The “Missing Link”
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Cliff's “1914-S
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2001 QD Form
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Auction2's “1915-S
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Verne's “1913-S TypeI
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Art's “1913-S TypeI

This 1914-S nickel carving is described on a 2001 QD Form (those Examiner's comments are provided below) and is owned by Cliff Kraft. The 1915-S nickel carving partial scan came from Cliff who got it from Bill Fivaz. It sold in August 1996, Lot18 in Auction2, for $375. Verne's 1913-S nickel carving was purchased off eBay and I bought it thinking it was carved by the same artist but perhaps not as I am not an expert on classic carvings. Art's 1913-S nickel carving was also purchased off eBay and he is convinced that it was done by the same artist.  Verne R. Walrafen... January 16, 2006
1914-S Examiner's Comments
Bearded (Irish?) man in curved brim hat... Above Average. This artist also carved Lot18 in Auction2 and Lot22 in Auction6. The subject has been dubbed "The Missing Link" due to its similarity to a Neanderthal Man. Portions of field still show parts of the Indian design. Artist continues his custom to use high grade semi-key coins as his pallet. Slightly raised metal ear. Bill Fivaz... May 15, 2001
Bearded Irish man wearing hat... Above Average (high). Works by this unknown artist are regularly encountered and he should be officially nicknamed in the near future. Characteristics of his works are the big ear, carved hair, simple-line collar; on his Irishman nickels, an upcurved hat brim, and a small nose. The feathers and neck are only lightly dressed on this specimen. Stephen P. Alpert... May 18, 2001.
Bill Fivaz Addendum ~ I suspect that it was the same artist OR someone copying his work. I'd really have to see the two side-by-side to offer a more concrete opinion. Bill Fivaz... January 20, 2006
Steve Alpert Addendum ~ The 1914 and 1915 carvings are by the yet-to-be-nicknamed "Missing Link" artist. The illustrated 1913 carving is apparently by a different artist. Stephen P. Alpert... January 20, 2006

Clifford Kraft Addendum ~ From my understanding there were three look alike carvings, 1913-14-15, all “S” type. I know that my coin, the 1914-S, was found in a garden in Van Nuys California, in the early 1970's. I got the coin in 2001 from the people who lived next door to where it was found, and still have contact with them. The speculation is that the coin was carved by someone from California or someone who made regular trips thru the area. Cliff Kraft... January 20, 2006

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15 January 2006
OHNS Plans Winter and Summer Auctions Annually

     If the folks who do all the heavy lifting can pull off the necessary logistics we can look forward to the opportunity to increase our collections of carvings this summer in Colorado. I know from personal experience that Colorado is a lot closer to the Kansa Territories than Florida. ~ V-Dubya ...

Aspirants: 1/14/06 OwenCovert CliffKraft RonLandis BobShamey VerneWalrafen   1/26/06 MichaelCirelli   2/17/06 JoePaonessa   6/1/06 StephenCox
Project cancelled 8/14/2006
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14 January 2006

These five candidates have been submitted for consideration in early November of 2006.
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  Click here to see all OHNS tokens issued from 1992-2006  
2007 OHNS Token "Casting Call"
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   To ALL Active Nickel Carvers: As we did in 2004... here is a list of parameters for nickel carvers submitting work for the 2007 OHNS token. Since many carvers do not use drawings (including myself for the most part,) I would like to again forego any design approval process but just suggest basic parameters for the theme. The design should be a hobo theme and I think traditionally based designs are best for the token. Since it is a struck piece... straying too far from traditional themes could result in something that doesn't at all resemble a hobo nickel.
   1. All interested carvers must contact Verne, our OHNS Secretary, by 10/1/2006 indicating that they will be participating in this "Casting Call." A telephone contact number must be provided to insure efficient and timely communications thus avoiding misunderstandings during this project. Verne has unlimited anytime calling [at 785-945-3800] so he will return any calls if the caller will simply leave their number.
   2. All completed candidate carvings must be received, not just mailed, by 11/1/2006 in order to be considered for the 2007 OHNS token. Mail to: OHNS, 12000 Sunset Ridge Drive, Ozawkie, KS 66070. If the carver prefers one side or the other, please state preference. The OHNS Board will then provide Ron Landis with an "order of preference" list for both the obverse and reverse candidate carvings submitted. Ron will make the final selection based upon the technical requirements necessary to produce dies from the submitted candidate carvings.
   3. Verne will be responsible to arrange for the final disposition of the non-selected candidate carvings and will correspond directly with the carving's owner/carver to insure their wishes are followed. These carvings can be returned (as the owner/carver directs and at their expense), held over for consideration the following year, sold at the following year's FUN auction (with the quality designation fee waived), donated to OHNS (without any charges) ...or... whatever else the owner/carver directs.
   4. The selected obverse carving will have the date removed and the 2007 date will be added to the die. The selected reverse carving will have "United States of America" and "Five Cents" removed. "Original Hobo Nickel Society" will replace the USA legend, and "Hobo Token" will replace the denomination. Ron Landis will engrave lettering in the dies, or this can be done by the original carver if they prefer.
   5. It is not necessary for the fields to be dressed absolutely clean, since this can be done very easily in the die. Try not to use extreme relief, as it may not translate well in the die making process, and make striking difficult.
   6. As part of the die making process, the opposite side of the carving will be lathe turned smooth. Gallery Mint will do this, but just be forewarned this is a part of the process. With all this in mind... it's not necessary to start with high grade nickels.
   7. Selected carvings will be returned to their carver/owner. The carver will receive five sets of OHNS tokens and the spotlight in BoTales. ~ Ron Landis
   To All Concerned: I request that anyone reading this announcement please be certain that those carvers they know have seen this opportunity. I further suggest that any interested carver look at all the OHNS tokens that have been previously produced to get a feel for the sort of carvings that Ron is looking for and to avoid duplicating previously created themes. Everyone needs to understand that Ron will make the final choice between the carvings guided by the Board's preferences but allowing for technical die making considerations. This means that our favorite carving may not get used if Ron has reasons that it shouldn't be used. Keep in mind that... should your nickel carving not be selected ...a high quality host nickel and a smoothly finished field have a substantial impact upon the potential sale price of your carving. ~ V-Dubya ...
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Historic Nickel with Forward-Facing Jefferson Heads into Circulation
WASHINGTON January 12, 2006 Pouring hundreds of shiny, new 2006 nickels from a silver goblet designed by President Thomas Jefferson, officials at the United States Mint launched into circulation today the Nation抯 first circulating coin that features the image of a United States President facing forward. The Nation抯 coinage has depicted profiles of presidents for nearly a century. This new image of President Thomas Jefferson is based on a Rembrandt Peale portrait of Jefferson, painted in 1800.
For the complete Press Release check out: The United State Mint's “Press Releases and Public Statements”

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Included in the FUN2006 Heist... watch for these carved nickels!
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I am well aware that these images... clipped from a digital photo taken with a hand-held camera ...are not up to our usual standards. None-the-less I have some small hope that they may be adequate for identification purposes and they have to be better than nothing. PLEASE keep your eyes open for these stolen carved nickels! ~ Verne R. Walrafen

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{ $450,000 in coins stolen in 5 thefts ~ Henry Pierson Curtis ~ Sentinel Staff Writer }
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One dozen of the many hundreds of carved nickels stolen at FUN2006
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On January 7th, 2006, Saturday night, sometime between 7pm and 8:30pm the automobile of Archie Taylor was broken into at Chevys Fresh Mex® Restaurant in Kissimmee, Florida and his entire collection of Hobo Nickels was taken. Also included in the heist was two and a half years worth of nickel carvings by Keith Pedersen from New Jersey and many nickel carvings of Owen Covert from California. Pedersen and Covert are modern carvers who came to the Orlando area and the FUN show to meet the members of OHNS and see the area with their families.
The culprits followed the car from the Orange County Convention Center and took only the coin cases... leaving all personal belonging in the trunk. Access was gained by punching the driver's door lock and using the trunk release in the glove box.
Many coins taken were purchased at the OHNS auction that Saturday morning and will be easy to identify thru pictures and carvers initials: KP, OC, CdA, AA, GW, WE, and JAP. Also taken was an 83 specimen collection of Wabon Eddings nickel carvings. The majority of the newer coins are signed. The older coins are in a DANSCO coin book. There were some Gallery Mint Museum tokens included in the heist.
The Orange County Sheriff's Office is conducting the search for the coins that include, over 800 original nickel carvings by Pedersen, Covert, and up to 50 or more by other modern and original carvers of Hobo Nickels. For more information contact: Orange County Sheriff's Office, D/S Joe Warren at 407-737-2400 ...or... Archie Taylor at 863-603-7514 or rollieshobos@earthlink.net.

{ $450,000 in coins stolen in 5 thefts ~ Henry Pierson Curtis ~ Sentinel Staff Writer }
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ORIGINAL HOBO NICKEL SOCIETY, INC.
A Florida Not-For-Profit Corporation
FUN2006  Mail and Floor Bid Auction
to be held at the
Original Hobo Nickel Society Meeting
Saturday, January 7, 2006 at 10 a.m.
Florida United Numismatists, Inc.  ~  January 5-8, 2005
Orange County Convention Ctr, Hall NB, North Concourse
9400 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, Florida 32819
  2006 Prices Realized     OHNS Auction #14  
Individual “Prices Realized” are also posted with each LOT description on the catalog pages.
$32,684.40 Auction Total
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Mail Bid Sheet
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