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  Copying Another Engraver's Work −by Sam Alfano ... 9/06  
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  From Concept To Completion −by Steven G. Adams ... 9/06  
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  Carving Chips.....   • Jason Comic Art Studio - Clown Comics #1Hubert the Hobo” •  
267
  Introducing  “Raymond”  and  “Cactus Face” −by Steven Alpert ... 9/06  
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  A Squirl “Featured Collection”... Carved “Hobo” Nickels ... 9/06  
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  Carving Chips.....   • Alaska was a BLAST ! •  
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  OHNS Website Visits... Go Through The Roof! −by V-Dubya ... 8/06  
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  The Way Things Stand At The Moment An Interview With Ron Landis ... 8/06  
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  Carving Chips.....   • Grand Masters Program Special Events Weekend Photos ~ August 11-13, 2006 •  
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  Fishing Lure Earrings... True Love! −by Michael Cirelli ... 8/06  
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  Fruit Pit Carvings ... Amazing details in miniature carvings −by Bob Shamey ... 8/06  
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  Carving Chips.....   • Photos That Found Their Way To V-Dubya's Desk  
258
  Collecting Hobo Nickels −by Leon Worden ... 8/06  
257
  Joe Paonessa attends ANA's Summer Seminar in Colorado Springs, Colorado ... 8/06  
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  Carving Chips.....   • Fall 2006 BoTales Is Progressing! •  
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  Carving Chips.....   • Answers.com's “Translations for Hobo”  
254
  Carving Chips.....   • James Olivencia's “Mr. Big Cheeks”   Click to EMail this person.
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  Amy Armstrong attends GRS class in Emporia, Kansas −by V-Dubya ... 7/06  
252
  “The Ol'Fatman” Just Retired... Meet “V-Dubya”! −by Rick Ferry ... 7/06  
251
  You say Buffalo, I say Bison! ... 7/06  
250
  Bison from Outside of North America ... 7/06  
249
  Carving Chips.....   • Once Upon a Time... When Pike's Peak Belonged to Us Kansans!  
248
  Bessie Tucker... one REALLY talented Hobo! ... 7/06  
247
  Carving Chips.....   • 346 Items Found at eBay> Buy> Coins> Scripophily> Railroad  
246
  2nd Annual Grand Masters Program 2006 ... 7/06  
245
  Superior Carvings from the “State of Deseret” ... 7/06  
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  Another Stolen or Missing Hobo Nickel −by Stephen P. Alpert ... 7/06  
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22 September 2006
Click to visit iGraver.com.

Copying Another Engraver's Work”   −by Sam Alfano
     "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" so it is said. While this might be true, few professional engravers are flattered when their designs are copied. While being inspired by another's work is certainly ok, designing jobs that are difficult to tell from someone else's is considered a breach of etiquette in the engravers world. While it might be painfully obvious that the copied work is not cut nearly as well as the original, small photos in magazines or online can make it confusing and difficult to detect.
     An exception to this might be certain production western or jewelry patterns as styles have changed little over the past decades. Scrollwork, however, is as unique as a person's handwriting. Experienced collectors and engravers can recognize another's work quickly by its characteristic style. A classic example of this would be the scrollwork engraved by Lynton McKenzie. Lynton's scrolls were basic but bold, and beautifully cut. Many engravers (including me) began their careers engraving 'McKenzie scrolls' because they were easier to draw than more complex patterns, looked good, and were certainly easier to cut. Over the years, McKenzie scrolls have been engraved by several engravers on a variety of guns and knives, and many were published in magazines. In nearly all cases the work wasn't as good as Lynton's, but was impossible to detect in small photos. Engravers were copying and selling a style which took him years to develop, and he was angered and frustrated by it. He was not the least bit flattered. Most engravers' styles eventually evolve into a unique style that is their own, while borrowing ideas and influence from others. It is when there is nothing of themselves in their engravings that the practice is frowned upon, and respect by peers and customers is lost.
     It should be mentioned that copying another's work on practice plates is one thing, and selling someone else's identifying style is another. Few beginners are prepared to draw designs, so they copy the work of those they admire. This helps them learn by working out the sequence and direction of cuts. When it's time to graduate from practice plates to real-world engraving jobs, the engraver should be prepared to abandon the copying and lay out his or her own designs. If he or she chooses not to, there are plenty of copyright-free pattern books available.
     Sam has invested a tremendous amount of himself in iGraver.com. In what he calls his "Tips&Tricks for Hand Engravers" he generously shares what he has learned over many years...
     Engraving: Leaf Script, Stippled Script, Beveling Cuts, Threading/Ribbon Cutting, Engraving a Rosette, Relief Engraving, Exhibition Grade Shading, Roman Lettering, Intersecting Lines and Cutting Straight Lines.
     Gravers: Sharpening Gravers, Polishing Gravers and New Life for Old Laps.
     Miscellaneous: Scribers&Pencils, Photography, The Golden Mean, Pricing Your Work, Sam's Equipment, 10 Common Mistakes, Copying Another's Work, Blackening Engraving, Photoshop Tricks, Student Photo Gallery, Your Own Website! and Classified Ads.
     Other Info: Videos and More, Classes&Private Lessons, Contact Information, About iGraver.com, Link To This Site and Go to MasterEngraver.com.

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Sam's Most Recently Carved Nickels
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21 September 2006
From Concept To Completion”   −by Steven G. Adams
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President George W. Bush Hobo Nickel
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Ella's Hobo Nickel
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Follow the links provided under these photographs to see each wonderful
step-by-step presentation that Steve has provided of his nickel carving processes.
THANK YOU Steve for sharing this with us all! ... V-Dubya
A Recently Carved
S.G.A. Nickel

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  Carving Chips.....   • Jason Comic Art Studio - Clown Comics #1Hubert the Hobo” •  
Sold for: $113.53  •  Sept 24, 2006
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Heritage Auction Galleries
Vintage Comics & Comic Art
Amazing Comics Auction #16094 ~ Lot: 17523

Bidding Ends: Sep 24, 2006 at 10:00 PM CT
Jason Comic Art Studio - Clown Comics #1 “Hubert the Hobo” Page Original Art, Group of 4 (Harvey, 1945).
These four pages showcase a veritable hobo hullabaloo.
The image area of each page measures 12.5" x 18".
Some tanning overall, otherwise these madcap pages
are in Good condition.
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19 September 2006
 Introducing  “Raymond”  and  “Cactus Face” 
{ from  BoTales2006#3 }   −by  Stephen Alpert
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16 September 2006
A Squirl “Featured Collection”... Carved “Hobo” Nickels
Click to view Carved Hobo Nickels on Squirl. Click to view Carved Hobo Nickels on Squirl.
Click to view Carved Wooden Hobo Sculptures on Squirl. Click to view Carved Wooden Hobo Sculptures on Squirl.
Click to view my profile on the Squirl website.
Squirl is a free web site for people who collect things like books, records, movies,
comic books, stamps, coins, or practically anything else. You might enjoy trying Squirl,
a site where collectors can organize, search, and share information about their stuff.
Click here to get your free Squirl account: 
squirl.info
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  Carving Chips.....   • Alaska was a BLAST ! •  
Portage glacier on a rare clear day.V-Dubya after a hard day deep sea fishing.The largest Halibut of the day was 102#.The remainders... too many to hang up on the rack.
A float trip down the lower Kenai River.Mount McKinley (or Denali... depending on who you are talking to.)Dall sheep at rest in the sun out of reach of the wolf pack.Grizzly bears grazing on berries preparing for winter.
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27 August 2006
 OHNS Website Visits... Go Through The Roof ! 
Last week we were suddenly inundated with a virtual
flood of visits to our website. Upon investigation I
found that someone had discovered our website, put
together the sampling of fifteen nickel carvings shown
here on the right, and posted it (plus the comments
shown below said sampling) on a BLOG someplace.
I have no idea which BLOG contained the original
posting but it rapidly spread to a number of other
BLOGs resulting in the unprecedented upsurge of
visits illustrated by the graph below. ~ V-Dubya
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Folk artists have used just about every material on earth.
That includes earth and dirt, as last week linkers were interested to see
perfectly round, highly polished balls of dirt as folk art from Japan.
When the US first minted the buffalo nickel in 1913, the practice
of carving a new face onto the nickel was started, because
the coin was thick and its metal was malleable.
Nickels were carved by several practically unknown artists -
including actual hobos - and those early works are now collectable.
But modern nickel-scratchers keep up the practice and create
new works, and most in the set above are modern.”

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14 August 2006
The Way Things Stand At The Moment”
An Interview With Ron Landis   −by V-Dyuya... Eureka Springs... 14 August 2006
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I'm not an aspiring journalist so I failed to take notes or record Ron's comments. My disclaimer right up front here is that these comments give the general sense of what I learned from Ron but are not precise quotes. Ron did tell me that he reserves the right to seek alternatives...
“to change his mind” ...if the opportunity should present itself.
This year Ron is not planning on creating 2006 GMM Hobo Tokens to continue his long standing set. Additionally he will be unable to create 2007 OHNS Annual Hobo Tokens for us this year.
In the past he has "backed up" and filled in missing year(s) issues for token sets when the opportunity presented itself and hopes that this may be a possibility again.
Our OHNS membership medals project has been a real strain on GMM resources and has been handled by several different
folks at GMM. Ron says he has been paid $1,000 of the roughly $4,000 he originally estimated for this project. He no longer
has accurate records on what pieces were actually sent out to our members. When Caroline and I get back from Alaska
I will be studying the OHNS database with the goal of providing Ron with answers to this puzzle.
Ron handed over to me, in my capacity as OHNS Secretary, his remaining unengraved silver (5) and copper (11)
membership medals. After studying the project records, Ron wants me to distribute the remaining medals to
qualified members with the expectation that they will have them engraved locally for themselves.
With this in mind... if you feel you are qualified for an OHNS Membership Medal and haven't received one
PLEASE Click to EMail this person. me so that I can include this information in my late September analysis of this project.

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  Carving Chips.....   • Grand Masters Program Special Events Weekend Photos ~ August 11-13, 2006 •  
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Lee Griffiths.Grand Masters Program Group Photograph.Bob Finlay.
Winston Churchill, Ken Hunt and Marcus Hunt.Marcus Hunt and V-Dubya.Marcus Hunt.Marcus Hunt.V-Dubya and Lee Griffiths.
Top Row: Lee Griffiths ~ 2006 Grand Masters Program Group Photograph ~ Bob Finlay
Bottom Row: Winston Churchill, Ken Hunt and Marcus Hunt ~ Marcus Hunt and V-Dubya ~ Marcus Hunt ~ Marcus Hunt ~ V-Dubya and Lee Griffiths
GRS Grand Masters Program −by Glendo Corporation
Grand Masters 2006, Damn we're a multi-talented bunch, like to eat too! −by Scott Pilkington
Grand Masters Reception and the Signature Party −by Scott Pilkington
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9 August 2006
 Fishing Lure Earrings... True Love!  −by Michael Cirelli 
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I just made these for a customer. He loved his lucky lure so much that he had me duplicate it in a pair of 14kt gold earrings for his wife on their anniversary. I hope she loves the lure as much as he. I just thought you fishermen would like this. I guess you can love your wife as much as going fishing. Michael Cirelli... Wednesday, 9 August 2006, 04:09pm.
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Mike included this scan to show the scale of the earrings  
relative to a U.S. cent piece so I decided to include a couple  
of Bill Jameson's carvings at the appropriate scale for you.  
This way you get to enjoy Bill's “Penny Bos” at the same time  
that you are enjoying Mike's superlative earrings. ~ V-Dubya  
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8 August 2006
Carving Realistic Habitat by David Sabol
Woodcarving Illustrated - Summer 2006 - Issue #35
Sculpting Raptors with Greg Woodard

 Fruit Pit Carvings Peach Face Carving... Amazing details in miniature carvings
By Bob Shamey

I love to carve virtually anything, but the palette for my work that I love the most is cherry pits. I love to eat cherries to get at the pit; I then continue to suck on the pits to get them completely clean. You can carve them the next day or whenever you want.
I carve a variety of pits including (from largest to smallest) peach, apricot, plum, olive, sweet cherry, wild cherry, and pin cherry. The smallest seed that I found to carve is the tiny pit inside the red berries that come from the dogwood tree.

  Read Wood Carving Illustrated's article ...   
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  Carving Chips.....   • Photos That Found Their Way To V-Dubya's Desk  
From Clifford Kraft
Cabe鏰 grotesca         “Champ” Meister               Prehistoric Sturgeon  
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From Amy Armstrong
El Cr醤eo Del Pirata
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From Bill Jameson and Steven Adams
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I feel Bill's obverse carving shows a hobo who is rather dapper, Dan is his name. Once down on his luck, he tried his
hand at panning for gold and lickety split he found a huge nugget. Wasting no time he promptly cashed in and purchased
some new duds, but not before securing a room and a bath at a local boarding house. Next on his agenda is a proper
meal and a bottle of whisky. Dapper Dan found his way to Easy street but at this pace Dan will not be dapper for long.
He'd better keep panning. This is the first and only collaboration between Bill Jameson and Steven Adams.
There will not be another. ~ Steve Adams... Sunday, 8/6/2006 5:28PM
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3 August 2006
  “Collecting Hobo Nickels” −by Leon Worden  
Leon Worden authored, for COINage Magazine, a really balanced overview of our mutually shared obsession. He just now posted the material on his website which you can access by clicking on the article's title above. His webpage is slightly different than the published article. It is definitely worth reading... Thanks Leon! ~ V-Dubya
COINage Cover
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William “BillZach” Jameson
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COINage Magazine ... July 2006 ... Volume 43 ... Number 7 ... Page 42
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2 August 2006

Joe Paonessa attends ANA's Summer Seminar in Colorado Springs, Colorado Click on any photo for an enlargement.
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f I were to sum up the ANA's Summer Seminar in one word, it would be amazing! The campus at Colorado College in Colorado Springs sits above 6,000 feet with a beautiful view of the Rockies and is a great location for several hundred coin people to get together. At first I wasn抰 sure if I would fit in, but then I realized that everyone there was as much, if not more of a coin nerd than I am, and just as eager to talk about their favorite parts of the hobby.
E
ach meal was spent rubbing elbows with people ranging from past ANA presidents to well known dealers to published numismatic authors to regular collectors who were as awestruck by the previous groups as me. At most meals I brought out my Hobos to show and more often than not had to turn down requests to sell them. One day at lunchtime I sat at a table where Ken Bressett and several others were discussing, you guessed it, coins. Since I had recently picked up a colonial medal electrotype that I couldn抰 attribute, I figured I would see if anyone here could help. When I described it to Ken, he told me a number of things about it, but then he said that John Kraljevich would know more and waived him over to our table. John then proceeded, off the top of his head, to tell me the history of this medal along with a short history of electrotype copies and their makers. That was worth more than I paid for the piece!
T
he seminars I signed up for were the minting misadventures and art of money. In the first one, a mini-seminar, we spent three evenings handling hundreds of coin and paper money errors, each one more spectacular than the last. My favorite was a broad struck Ike dollar that was almost two inches across. I wonder how that got out of the mint? The art of money class was taught by Laura Stocklin, the ANA's resident sculpture/engraver. Here we learned about banknote style engraving and sculpting coin models in plaster. By using gravers we cut a mortar and pestle design into a steel plate and made prints using a Spyder press like the ones used in the early days of the bureau of engraving and printing. In the sculpting portion we made a drawing, transferred it to a plaster blank, cut away at the plaster to make a negative mold, made a plaster positive from that mold, and then added our finishing touches. I, of course, chose to do a hobo nickel.
A
ll in all I must say the ANA summer seminar was one of my favorite vacations to date and I want to thank all the members of the Original Hobo Nickel Society for making it possible with the scholarship program. Joe Paonessa... Wednesday, 8/2/2006, 5:43PM

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  Carving Chips.....   • Fall 2006 BoTales Is Progressing! •  
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Don't Miss This Upcoming Article In BT2006#3
My “RealHobo Nickels   −by Ralph Winter, OHNS LM-37
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  Carving Chips.....   • Answers.com's “Translations for Hobo”  
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  WizCom Technologies Ltd.: Words translated from English into 16 languages.  

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  Carving Chips.....   • James Olivencia's “Mr. Big Cheeks”   Click to EMail this person.
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Jim's goal of “Five Yards” reached !
His next target is the elusive “One Large”.
“Five Yards”...$500  and  “One Large”...$1,000.  ~  vrw    
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   Postscript...
Jim's previous carved nickel was “Long Gone” about which he had this to say;
“This Cowboy Outlaw has been dead for a-long-time, he's LONG GONE!
He got too close to one of them there NOOSES!!”
This carving sold to the same collector who purchased “Mr. Big Cheeks”.
Please excuse the coloration differential between the two carving scans. Someday I hope to find
a graphics package that will allow me to balance the hues of two different graphics files.  ~  vrw  

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13 July 2006
Amy Armstrong attends GRS class in Emporia, Kansas Click on any photo for an enlargement.
Konza Prairie Bison (obv) / Peta Nacona Doll (rev)     ~     Lokomotiv Tjue     ~     Feinschmeckerw黵ste     ~     Ettertenksom Klovn

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W
henever an active nickel carver gets within driving distance I just have to jump in my truck and go see them. Caroline and I went to see Amy at GRS Tuesday evening,
11 July 2006, and enjoyed a nice buffet meal and great company.
A
my had brought these nickel carvings with her to show her classmates so at my signal Caroline tripped her and I grabbed the nickels and ran for the door. We made a clean get-away... lots of practice! ~ Verne “V-Dubya” Walrafen

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 NiCE Nickel Carvings ...15 pages of nickel carvings including these Armstrong creations!Visit the NiCE website. 
252 
11 July 2006
The Ol'Fatman” Just Retired... Meet “V-Dubya”!

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   “V-Dubya” is a common sight around the midwest junctions. Some say he was a yard bull at one time, crackin' heads and takin' names.
   These days, V-Dubya is a little more laid back; that's not to say he doesn't still enjoy cracking a few heads now an' again.
   Hanging round the yards and reminiscing with old-timers are some of his favorite pastimes. Sometimes he will run into an old bo who remembers him and has the knot head to prove it.
   V-Dubya loves trains; the smoke, the whistles, and squeal of the brakes which are as much a part of his life as the food he eats or the air he breathes.

Rick Ferry, “The Hobo Carver” ~ Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Hobos In Wood
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8 July 2006

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You say Buffalo, I say Bison!
The Technically Correct Name for this North American Bovine is “Bison”.
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1913-P “TypeI” Five Cents ...and... 1901 Ten Dollars   [ Click on either photo for an enlargement. ]
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Our Beloved Buffalo ...Whoops... Bison is Back!
  • 2006 American Buffalo Gold Proof One Ounce Coin  
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    This year marks the inaugural year of the American Buffalo Gold Coin Program. The Presidential One Dollar Coin Act of 2005 authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to strike one ounce, .9999 fine gold bullion coins. These are the first pure gold coins ever issued by the United States Government.
    The American Buffalo Gold Proof Coins are collector versions of the official United States Mint American Buffalo Gold Bullion Coins and are available in limited mintages. The designs are based on the original 1913, Type I Buffalo nickel, as designed by James Earle Fraser. The obverse features a profile representation of a Native American. The reverse features an American Buffalo (also known as a bison).
  • Other Recent United States “Bison” Coinage  
2005-S Proof Five Cents ...and... 2005-S Proof “Kansas” Twenty-Five Cents
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2006-S Proof “North Dakota” Twenty-Five Cents ...and... 1991-S Proof “Mount Rushmore” Fifty Cents
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2001-D Uncirculated One Dollar ...and... 2001-P Proof One Dollar   [ Click on either photo for an enlargement. ]
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  • 1998 Canadian “White Buffalo” Gold Proof Half Ounce Coin  
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    According to artist, Alex Janvier, the legend of the White Buffalo tells of the healing and regeneration of the Chipewyan People of Western Canada. When a white buffalo calf "walks back" -- or is born -- says the legend, people will awaken to the light and mother earth will be healed. The birth of a white buffalo calf in the United States has sent signals to all Indian Nations across the Americas that it is their time for spiritual change; it is time to return to the spiritual way of life that was practiced by their ancestors.









Miracle, the Sacred White Buffalo
August 20, 1994 → September 19, 2004
The Heider Farm ~ Janesville, Wisconsin
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    Alex Janvier was born on a First Nations Reserve in Cold Lake, Alberta and studied at the Alberta College of Art. Since 1971, he has devoted himself entirely to art. He chose to portray the white buffalo because it is a powerful symbol of hope for his people. In times past, the buffalo provided everything needed by the native peoples of the Western Plains -- food, shelter, clothing, and tools; lives revolved around the movement of the buffalo herds. In recent years, the aboriginal peoples have experienced a renewed sense of their culture. In celebrating the birth of a white buffalo calf, therefore, the artist also celebrates a new and promising future for native peoples in Canada.
    The artist portrays the buffalo coming alive and leaping into action. The four cardinal points are marked with stylized teepee pegs joined by sixteen stones -- another important symbol of spiritual renewal. The "heartline" shows that the buffalo has life. The lines in the background suggest water, the source of life. As well as signing the design with his name, Janvier has included his own personal treaty number, 287.
  • 1997 Canadian “Wood Bison” Platinum Proof One Ounce Coin  
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    The Wood Bison (Bison bison athabascae) or Wood Buffalo is a distinct northern subspecies of the North American Bison whose original range included much of the boreal forest regions of Alaska,Yukon, western Northwest Territories, northeastern British Columbia, northern Alberta, and northwestern Saskatchewan. The words “buffalo” and “bison” are quite often used interchangeably in popular parlance. However, the technically correct name for this North American bovine is “bison”.
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 WANTED: Canadian “Wood Bison” Platinum set or single pieces. ~ V-Dubya  

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8 July 2006

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Bison from Outside of North America
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  • 1990 Cook Islands “Endangered Wildlife” One Ounce Silver Proof  
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  • 1990 Cook Islands “Endangered Wildlife” One-Tenth Ounce Gold Proof  
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Endangered Wildlife” Cook Island coins were struck in the following denominations:
1 Ounce ~ $250 ~ 33.00mm ~ 1,000
1/4 Ounce ~ $100 ~ 22.00mm ~ 7,500
1/10 Ounce ~ $25 ~ 17.95mm ~ 75,000
1/25 Ounce ~ $10 ~ 13.92mm ~ 75,000
At this writing I don't know if all denominations share this $25's design or
if they have different designs like unto the Canadian Platinum
“Wood Bison” set shown in a previous news item.
Bullion Coin Collectors Site ~ Gold Cook Islands Wildlife
 WANTED: Cook Islands “Endangered Wildlife” Silver or Gold set or single pieces. ~ V-Dubya  
  • 2001 Belarus Commemorative Roubles “Belovezhskaya Pushcha Zubr”  
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Zubr” (Bison) Republic of Belarus coins were struck in the following denominations:
Silver 20 Roubles face value (fine silver content: 31.1g; alloy standard: .925;
diameter: 38.61mm). Mintage: up to 2,000 pcs.
Copper-nickel 1 Rouble face value (diameter 32.00mm). Mintage: up to 2,000 pcs.
Both denominations share identical Bison designs.
Coins dedicated to the “Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Zubr”
  • 1992 Belarus 100 Rublei European Wisent-Bison Bonasus  
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  • 2003 Ukraine Commemorative Hryvnias “Bison Bonasus”  
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Zubr” (Bison) Ukraine coins were struck in the following denominations:
10 Hryvnia Proof (.925 silver, 31.1g, 38.61mm) Mintage: 2,000
2 Hryvnia Uncirculated (German silver, 12.8g, 31.0mm) Mintage: 50,000
Both denominations share identical Bison designs.
Coins dedicated to “Bison Bonasus”
  • 1994 Russia Fifty Roubles “BiMetalic”  
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  • 1997 Russia Rouble “Silver”  
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Ar穞i穙穌ac穞yl... Any of various hoofed mammals of the order Artiodactyla,
which includes cattle, deer, camels, hippopotamuses, sheep, and goats,
that have an even number of toes, usually two or sometimes four, on each foot.
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  Carving Chips.....   • Once Upon a Time... When Pike's Peak Belonged to Us Kansans!  
Back when my ancestors were busy stealing land from the original inhabitants of the Great Plains, and from
each other... they staked their claim to everything from the Kansas River clear to the Rocky Mountains
(that included Denver as well as Pike's Peak) which was the eastern border of the Utah Territory and
of the proposed Mormon “State of Deseret”. I wonder if I could use my Kansas Resident fishing
license to fish with Steve Ellsworth in the Denver area? I wouldn't bet on it! ~ V-Dubya
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Wikipedia: “State of Deseret   View proposed borders map...   View topographical map...  
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6 July 2006
Bessie Tucker... one REALLY talented Hobo!
“KATY'S AT THE STATION. SANTA FE IS IN THE YARD”
On the rail trail of Bessie Tucker - Queen of the Texas Moaners.
Bessie Tucker 
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Excerpt 1... Despite being one of the finest rural or downhome female blues
singers ever to record, along with Lucille Bogan, Memphis Minnie, and
Pearl Dickson, we know precious little about Bessie Tucker.
Excerpt 2... It seems that Greenville, Texas, is the only location near Dallas which afforded
Bessie Tucker the “luxury” of hoboing any one of the 4 railroads to get there; as she boasts
in “Katy Blues”. Nor was she a stranger to this method of travelling as another of her
recordings indicates. On “The Dummy” made at her first session in Memphis she
hollers out a graphic description of riding illegally in a box car and getting
caught by the railroad “police” employed to keep hoboes off the trains.
Excerpt 3... In the 1920s lumber was still a major force in Southern industry and indeed all of the
railroads referred to by Bessie Tucker had logging interests at that time. Temporary lines were
built deep into the piney woods and were known as “dummy lines”. The term also included the
trains that ran on them; some of which eventually carried passengers as well as lumber.
Excerpt 4... Bessie Tucker, like Lucille Bogan, was thought to have been working camp when
she was discovered and thrown off the box car. But despite her seemingly slight stature,
she is one "tough cookie" as Whistlin' Alex Moore has said.
 Complete Recorded Works  (1928-1929)
Bessie's Moan
The Dummy
Fort Worth And Denver Blues
Penitentiary
Fryin' Pan Skillet Blues
My Man Has Quit Me
Got Cut All To Pieces
Black Name Moan
Better Boot That Thing
Katy Blues
Mean Old Jack Stropper Blues
Old Black Mary
Key To The Bushes Blues
Bogy Man Blues
Mean Old Master Blues
Whistling Woman Blues
T. B. Moan
{Archival copy} 

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  Carving Chips.....   • 346 Items Found at eBay> Buy> Coins> Scripophily> Railroad  
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Click to see this MKT 100 Shares bond
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 Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway Company ~ Ten Shares
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Greenville & Columbia Railroad Company ~ $500 Bond
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   Who knew? I am regularly astounded by the things that I never knew that I didn't know about. Sorry about the awkward phrasing there. I once had a college professor who's favorite saying was; “The more you learn... the more you realize how much more there is that you don't know!
   Anyway... enough rambling! Go check out the really neat inexpensive railroad bonds and such available on eBay! Here is an active link to get you there...  Enjoy! ~ V-Dubya
 Missouri, Kansas and Texas Extension Railway Company ~ One Share
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Kansa Territories Scripophily on eBay...  
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4 July 2006
2nd Annual Grand Masters Program 2006
presenting...   Philippe Grifn閑 of Belgium   and
Creative Art's Giacomo Fausti, Ugo Talenti and Giovanni Steduto all of Italy
Philippe Grifn閑 ~ Giacomo Fausti ~ Ugo Talenti ~ Giovanni Steduto
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   In August 2006, experienced engravers will have an extraordinary opportunity to study under some of Europe抯 finest masters in a special program in Emporia, Kansas. Philippe Grifn閑 of Li鑗e, Belgium, commissioned by Holland & Holland and Purdey of London, England -AND- Giacomo Fausti, Giovanni Steduto, and Ugo Talenti of the renowned firm Creative Art, Gardone Val Trompia, Italy, will lead the 2006 GRS Grand Masters Program.
   On August 12 & 13th, special events are planned as part of the 2006 Grand Masters Program. This includes the opportunity to meet and consult with Grand Master instructors, world-renowned engravers, honored dignitaries, writers, collectors and industry experts.   V-Dubya has accepted an invitation to attend the special events weekend to represent OHNS and carved nickel collectors.

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3 July 2006
 Superior Carvings from the “State of Deseret”  
  • Las Vegas Loot ~ Vegas “LostWages” Vic ~ 1950's Flamingo Hotel  
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  • The Grapes of Wrath ~ Tom “Tommy” Joad ~ Henry Fonda  
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Wikipedia: “State of Deseret   View proposed borders map...   View topographical map...  
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1 July 2006
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Another Stolen or Missing Hobo Nickel
   I was the winner of this hobo nickel, eBay auction number 8426306715,
 and it was mailed to me insured on June 7, 2006 but has yet to be received by me. 
So it most likely was stolen from the mail or lost in the mail.
Here is a picture of the hobo nickel so people can be on the lookout for it.
Stephen P. AlpertClick to EMail this person....Saturday, 7/1/2006 11:51AM
GOOD NEWS ~ My missing hobo nickel arrived in yesterday's mail. Steve Alpert... Thursday, 7/13/2006 10:54AM
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