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92 Unshaven Stubble Hobo OHNS on Copper (aka Curly Haired Hobo)
Gallery Mint Museum Box706 EurekaSprings AR 72632 
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I absolutely LOVE your idea of creating this scrapbook.
This is a great way of answering questions that come up a lot. 
Ron Landis ...Sun, 30 Jul 2000 11:59:06
95 ''All Aboard'' Engine OHNS on Copper
2001
ScrapBook Subjects
Page
Index
Links
Link: Original Hobo Nickel Society WebSite
Link: Bill Jameson... aka Bill Zach
Link: Crude? Absolutely! ...but Original or Modern?
Link: Modern and Recent Carvers
Link: Gallery Mint Museum Hobo Tokens
Link: Original Hobo Nickel Society Tokens
Link: I'm Peddling As Fast As I Can!
Enlargement scans available on WWW and ScrapBook CD-ROM. 
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  • Original Hobo Nickel Society WebSite
    Click to visit the OHNS Website    Ron Landis has long been a champion of the OHNS and I want to add my own recommendation to his. Check out the COOL website that the OHNS is building at Link:www.HoboNickels.org. Be sure and bookmark this location and watch the OHNS grow. Along with the OHNS news and related links you will find Link:Membership Application/Renewal and Link:Hobo Nickel Quality Designation forms there for your use.
       The OHNS Board of Directors just re-defined the OHNS's mission statement at their annual meeting January 8, 2001 at the FUN Convention in Orlando, Florida. There was a long discussion about the increase of modern hobo nickels and examples of high-quality modern carvings were passed around. Some were carved in the "old style" and were aged to duplicate what we have always referred to as "original" carvings. These were close enough in style to fool any collector or authenticator.
       It was decided that each coin should stand or fall on its own merits. "Modern" carvings by Frank Brazzell, John Durosa, J. Allen and J. Press, to name a few, have gained new respect and have found eager collectors. Modern carvers, such as Ron Landis and Sam Alfono, have brought nickel carving to new heights and their superior artwork is agressively collected - many times bringing more than "original" examples. They have taken away the "stigma" connected with modern hobo nickels.
       The board decided to include - embrace even - all modern hobo nickels and their carvers and I applaud this action by the OHNS Board. All hobo nickels, original to modern, their carvers and their collectors are now explicitly included as a part of the OHNS. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen, OHNS#620
    I've just submitted a slight reworking of the Britt, Iowa token ScrapBook subject
    to OHNS for possible publishing in a future issue of BO TALES.
    You can view my draft article here: Link:National Hobo Convention in Britt, Iowa.
    I encourage you to follow my example and submit your own article(s).


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Click to see enlargement of ''JewishMan'' by BillZach Click to see enlargement of ''Pa'' by BillZach Click to see enlargement of ''Ma'' by BillZach Click to see enlargement of ''Gramps'' by BillZach Click to see enlargement of ''HoggingFish'' by BillZach

  • Bill Jameson... aka Bill Zach
    Click to see enlargement of ''Pa'' by BillZach Click to see enlargement of ''StonewallJackson'' by BillZach    My current favorite modern carvers are Bill Jameson and Ron Landis. There are several other tremendously talented carvers working today but I have no experience with any of them as yet. The OHNS's quarterly publication BO TALES for the spring of 2001 has a neat article featuring Bill entitled Hobo Carver Billzach.... I won't try to quote the complete article here since it is quite lengthy and I do not have the illustrations that came with it.
       In separate personal correspondence Bill told me that he has carved about 600 nickels to date. He has just now decided to start a sequential numbering of his creations as they are completed. He is also working on a book in which he hopes to illustrate many of his carved nickel creations to date.
       Bill recommends the Joyce Romines reference book on Hobo Nickels. There are two different "Romines" books (so you have to be certain which one you are ordering should you decide to acquire a copy); 1) Romines, Delma K. Hobo nickels, prisoner nickels, shop tokens, modern engravings; an extensive study of hobo nickels Newbury Park (CA), Lonesome John, 1982. 106p. ill. 22cm. and 2) Romines, Joyce Ann The Hobo nickel, an exclusive upgrade of Hobo nickel artistry [2nd ed]. Tucker, J & D Coins, 1996. 107p. ill. 28cm. Paper cover. My search engine returns many online book sellers that include a Romines book in their inventory. The price is generally just less than $30+sh. I won't put any of those links in this article because they will likely go stale and because I couldn't be comprehensive in my coverage of the available sellers.
       I will be creating an individual webpage for Bill soon. It is as yet untitled and I will create it Link:here when time allows. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

    Click to see enlargement of ''PressMan'' by BillZach
    PressMan #1
    Click to see enlargement of ''Gramps'' by BillZach
    Gramps #6
    Click to see enlargement of ''AbeNull'' by BillZach
    AbeNull #5

    Click to see enlargement of ''Hustler'' by BillZach
    Hustler #8
    Click to see enlargement of ''NightCap'' by BillZach
    NightCap #9
    Click to see enlargement of ''Cueball'' BEFORE by BillZach Click to see enlargement of ''Cueball'' AFTER by BillZach
    Cueball #7

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Click for enlargement
Click for enlargement of ''BeadtoolMan''

Crude creation using a nice 1913-D Buffalo nickel

  • Crude? Absolutely! ...but Original or Modern?
       Actually I just don't care! I suppose I would value this piece a bit more if I knew it was "original" but not a whole lot more. What would make me value it considerably higher, and be willing to pay a heck of a lot more for it, would be having it carved by Ron Landis or Bill Zach. Of course it wouldn't be this crude if either of those two gentlemen had been involved it its creation. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen


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Gallery Mint Museum Hobo Tokens

- by Ron Landis

1996 ¦     ¦
1997 ¦     ¦
1998 ¦     ¦
1999 ¦     ¦
2000 ¦     ¦
2001 ¦     ¦
Link:Stand-alone printable GMM Hobo Token page.

All these images are the property of the Gallery Mint Museum. I am using them here to save myself a LOT
of work so we should be sure to give Mitch Hight credit for his work in creating these scans. If I can find time
I will replace some of these with my own scans but don't hold your breath until that happens...
I'm a bit swamped right now. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

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Original Hobo Nickel Society Tokens

- by Ron Landis

1992 92 Bearded Hobo OHNS over Jeff 5c ¦ 92 ''Hop On'' Train OHNS over Jeff 5c
1992-1994 92 Unshaven Stubble Hobo OHNS on Nickel (aka Curly Haired Hobo) 93 Circus Clown OHNS on Nickel 94 Trimmed Beard Hobo OHNS on Nickel (Probable Pattern) 94 Baseball Hat Hobo OHNS on Nickel ¦ 94 Buffalo OHNS on Nickel
1995
Britt Hobo
Convention
92 Unshaven Stubble Hobo OHNS on Copper (aka Currly Haired Hobo) 93 Circus Clown OHNS on Copper 94 Trimmed Beard Hobo OHNS on Copper 95 Baseball Hat Hobo OHNS on Copper ¦ 95 ''All Aboard'' Engine OHNS on Copper
1995 95 Indian OHNS on Silver 95 Indian OHNS on Brass 95 Indian OHNS on Nickel ¦ 95 ''All Aboard'' Engine OHNS on Nickel
1996 96 Large Ear Ring Pirate OHNS over Jeff 5c ¦ 94 Buffalo OHNS over Jeff 5c             1997  None Created
1998-2000 98 ''Nick'' (O'Honus) Hobo OHNS over Jeff 5c 99 Coal Miner OHNS over Jeff 5c 00 Viking OHNS over Jeff 5c ¦ 95 ''All Aboard'' Engine OHNS over Jeff 5c
2001 01 Dress Hat Hobo OHNS on Silver ¦ 01 Hiking Hobo OHNS on Silver
Click on ANY image for an enlargement.
Link:Stand-alone printable OHNS Token page.

The most recent sale of any of these pieces that I know of was a March 14, 2001 sale on eBay of the
1992 "Hop On" token for $51+sh. The only other source that I am aware of is directly from OHNS
and they only have some very recent pieces. You can contact: EMail:Fred (Fenwick) Benson or write to:
Fred Benson, 9862 Hawthorn Glen, Grosse Ile, Michigan 48138.
I've tried to acquire additional pieces from Ron Landis and he simply doesn't have any.
He sends every piece struck to OHNS to distribute. Good Luck! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

Original Hobo Nickel Society, Attn: Verne R. Walrafen
12000 Sunset Ridge Drive, Ozawkie, KS 66070-6045


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Click for Obverse or Reverse enlargement
95 ''All Aboard'' Engine OHNS Trial Strike
92UnshavenStubbleHoboOHNS   95"AllAboard"EngineOHNS
Trial Strike Of 1995 OHNS Reverse Die In Copper
Using an earlier 1992 OHNS die as the obverse.

  • I'm Peddling As Fast As I Can!
       I am working on a set of overlapping ScrapBook subjects on Ron's GMM Hobo Tokens, Original Hobo Nickel Society Hobo Tokens and Carved Hobo Nickels. I am planning on adding a bit about other current or recent carvers to flesh out the subject(s). This is building up to a huge amount of scans and effort so please be patient with me and I'll eventually (probably right after the ides of April) get new subjects posted. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

    92 Unshaven Stubble Hobo OHNS on Nickel (aka Curly Haired Hobo) ¦ 94 Buffalo OHNS on Nickel
    I am looking for a strike of 92UnshavenStubbleHoboOHNS paired with 94BuffaloOHNS on a nickel planchet.
    This is the normal issue for this piece as it was created in 1994.
    I have extra OHNS tokens for trading purposes only...none for sale.

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