11 January 2006
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.

12 January 2006
Included in the FUN2006 Heist... watch for these carved nickels!

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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