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    Newly Confirmed Bert Wiegand Carving
    Possibly the First in a Series

    1929-S Host Nickel Carved by Bert, Formerly Known as The Traveler. Only recently has this important nickel -- as well as a series of associated carvings -- been attributed to the hand of Bert Wiegand. The nickels were formerly identified as the work of an OHNS-named artist, "The Traveler," a name that is now retired from the Old Carvers' roster. Indeed, this unique example may represent the first of a series, or it may have been the inspiration for an entire group of carvings that followed, each by Bert Wiegand and dated from 1929 to at least 1935. This coin is carved on a 1929-S host in partial cameo style, with the words BOOMING IN SD on the collar, adjacent to the date.

    A typical Wiegand flat-top hat is angled upward on the head of a bearded man, who wears a rather dispassionate expression on this coin. Interestingly, the same taciturn expression is shared by each nickel in the series. The fields are dressed with some choppy, chiseled strokes below the front hat brim, although Above Average quality prevails throughout the nickel. This confirmed Wiegand carving and its counterparts represent important additions to the extremely limited number of "Bert" nickels available to collectors. It serves as the plate coin in Romines 2 on page 55, and is featured on the OHNS website.
    From The Chris Dempsey Collection of Hobo Nickels, Part II.

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