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Introducing “Scruffy”     −by Don Wolfe RM981
{ from  Spring 2011 BoTales }
   The first of the two coins I have in my collection and pictured below was purchased in June 2008 on eBay for approximately $200. The second coin was part of a collection I purchased from the widow of a local hobo nickel collector in February 2010. I quickly saw the similar characteristics between the two coins so I started looking for a third coin. I talked to Art DelFavero about these two coins and sent him pictures of them. Art was able to find a third coin in the archives which he provided to me. The subject's hat and old looking coat reminded me of some of the “Scruffy” homeless men I have seen around my town.
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   The Carving Characteristics for “Scruffy” are listed as follows:
    1) Similar shaped domed hat with brim that gives the appearance of wrapping around the hat. Brim comes to point front and back and no hat band.
    2) LIBERTY left on all coins but date has been removed.
    3) Unaltered profile.
    4) Hair and beard are carved and beard comes to a point or near point at chin.
    5) Ear in approximate center of head and partially covered by hat. Center is cutout.
    6) Collar is two cut lines with an upside down 'V' cut into it. A dot appears just to the left of the 'V.'
    7) Vertical line cut at front of neck running from beard to collar.
    8) There is some texturing to the hat and/or the coat.
Introducing “Smokin′ Joe”     −by Fred Avan RM908
{ from  Spring 2011 BoTales }
   The First example pictured below by the carver I have nicknamed “Smokin' Joe” was won in an eBay auction in March of 2008 for $270. This same example is also shown on page 17 of BoTales Volume 17, Issue #2, Summer 2008. The second example was purchased by Art DelFavero for $150 on the F.U.N. Show bourse floor in 2010. Someone had gold plated Art's specimen at some point in time. I picked up the third example from eBay in May of 2010 for $181. The fourth example pictured below was Lot 34 in OHNS Auction #5 in January of 1997 and sold for $93.50 including the 10% buyer's fee.
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While this carving matches the fourth example shown above... it does call into question as to whether either was carved by the same artist that carved the first three carvings shown above.
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   The Carving Characteristics for “Smokin′ Joe“ are listed as follows:
    1) All carvings on 1913 nickels.
    2) Textured punches for beard, hair and mustache.
    3) Crescent shaped ear with outer groove on back side.
    4) Some might have the top of the nostril altered and notch at the top of the nose.
    5) Derby tilted back on head with front of hat bill touching the “L” in LIBERTY. Hair forms the top of the hat (Indian's hair left forming uneven top to derby).
    6) Hat band with bow and has vertical lines.
    7) Hat brim tapered to a point both front and back using two carved lines.
    8) Smoothed field with LIBERTY and date remaining.
    9) Majority of carvings depict subject smoking a cigarette.
The fifth example, shown here on the right, sold on eBay in October of 2011 for $383.
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Introducing “Slick”     −by Verne Walrafen HLM620, Art DelFavero RM522, and Don Wolfe RM981
{ from  Spring 2011 BoTales }
   In March of 2010, I paid $336 on eBay for the first carving shown here. Then exactly one month later, to the day, a second carving came out of the woodwork in the same venue. Naturally I just HAD to have it even though my collecting friends called me names and accused me of being selfish. Everybody knows that collectors are by nature acquisitive, which is just another word for selfish. That is what makes us 揷ollectors obviously. Even when we try to “play nice with others” it is often difficult to share with one's friends. Unfortunately my Mother never sent me to kindergarten to learn such socialization skills... sorry Guys and Gals! I paid a substantial $323 for that second carving.
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   It has been almost a year now and no more have been offered. However, Art DelFavero found a QD form from 2000 amongst the OHNS archives for the third carving shown here. Finally our good friend Don Wolfe weighed in with the fourth carving shown here out of his extensive collection. Don could not provide any specifics on neither where nor when he acquired his specimen. I am going with a nickname of “Slick” since the background is always slicked out so deeply. Also the name just feels right for this fine fellow. I can easily imagine his buddies calling out; “Hey Slick!” to him.
   The Carving Characteristics for “Slick” are listed as follows:
     1) Rim graver cut extending from behind the bust, up behind the head, to the front of the hat.
     2) Dates removed but LIBERTY left intact.
     3) Punched beard done in a very neat and row like layout.
     4) Similar “C” styled ears situated like islands amongst beards.
     5) Engraved domed hat with three sections.
     6) Complicated layered high collar that lead into the top of shoulder.
     7) Line cut in front of neck to create a 3D effect.
     8) Profiles unaltered.
     9) Untouched area around mouth and lips.
    10) Liner tooling normally used to texture suit and hatband.