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    Outstanding Group of Eight Nickels
    From Six Modern Carvers

    Eight Modern Hobo Carvings, Each Signed by the Artist. It would be hard to surpass the quality of this lot, with eight coins from six different modern carvers, representing the early modern to present-day years. The lot includes a magnificent carving by Steve Adams, beautifully engraved and signed by the artist, depicting a modern hobo in partial cameo format, gold-plated feather in his fedora. Also of special note is a Superior carving by Aleksey Saburov depicts a finely detailed train scene with one hobo lending a helping hand to another up the bank beneath a railroad trestle. Another Saburov carving Centennial Hobo Nickel is done on a 1913 Type One nickel -- a Superior modern carving of a bearded man wearing a hat, with the word CENTENNIAL on the hat band, expertly carved.

    An iconic carving of a hiking hobo smoking a pipe, walking stick and bindle in hand is the work of Robert Shamey. This nickel was formerly from the Troy Wiseman Collection.

    An original and boldly carved bearded hobo in a three-dimensional hat with angular facial features transforms the Indian into a hobo of great character, the work of John Carter. Plus, a surprisingly off-beat carving by John Dorusa, highlighted by crisscross punches forming the stylish hair and beard of this well-groomed hobo, with much carving visible.

    The lot concludes with a pair of excellent, original carvings from Ron Landis, including a bespectacled man in a top hat, with a long nose above goateed chin. A second Landis carving shows a walking hobo, beautifully rendered, with bindle stick and wrinkled backpack slung over the shoulder. In the coin's QD, Bill Fivaz quotes Ron Landis: "This is the only one I've carved employing this classic theme." We are not sure if that is still true, but it is certainly the "first one" by Landis and a fitting finale for this spectacular lot of modern carvers. The OHNS QDs for each coin are included.
    From The Don "H2O" Haley Hobo Nickel Collection.

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    Auction Dates
    January, 2019
    9th-14th Wednesday-Monday
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