By Art DelFavero RM552
Carver and collector Owen Covert made an incredible $55, hobo nickel, eBay purchase in early February of 2006. About a month later the coin was offered for sale for the price of $300. Knowing that it was well worth the money, I stepped up to the plate and took the deal. Seven years later I noticed a match while looking through part of Candace Kagin's collection at the 2013 F.U.N. show. Both coins were promptly featured in the "Three's a Match" section of BoTales. In late 2013 another match surfaced via eBay. O.H.N.S. Vice-president, examiner, and collector Marc Banks came up with the winning bid of $295. This find has completed the criteria for naming, so I now introduce to you, The "Up-Ender."
The carving characteristics for "Up-Ender" are as follows:
- A derby hat with turned up hat brim ends.
- Unique asymmetrical bow adorns the brim on hats.
- Nicely shaped and hollowed out ear.
- Engraving, punching and sculpting techniques utilized.
- Profile extremely re-worked.
- Collars and shoulders are formed.
- Eyes (punched), lips, and nostrils accentuated (on two).
- Field areas are nicely dressed.
- LIBERTY remains intact.
- Accent lines are used on brim shoulders and collar.
- Hair on forehead.
- More than likely on 1913 nickels due to the sharpness of LIBERTY (One has date remaining, one on type one).