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OHNS Announces YN Scholarship

A scholarship to assist members with educational expenses has been created to honor Archie Taylor. This scholarship was named in his honor as Archie was a champion of the Original Hobo Nickel Society (OHNS) and a strong campaigner for the art of carving nickels. The scholarship is to be awarded annually to one applicant meeting the qualifications as stated on the OHNS website where the application form can also be found. The scholarship is awarded to a new recipient every year and is funded by monetary donations and coins donated for auction at the annual OHNS Auction in January of every year. Those coins that are donated specifically to fund the scholarship will be featured in a separate section of the catalog. The deadline for submission is August 15.

The Archie Taylor Educational Scholarship is open to YN members of OHNS and also children and grandchilren of OHNS members. More information can be found in the blue area on the Club Info page.


Kimzie Cowart "Nails It!"

Kimsey's giveaway at the 2024 OHNS Annual Meeting during the Winter FUN Show left OHNS members mystified at how a group of nails could be balanced on just one nail. But everyone was amazed to learn this trick and receive their own version of a Hobo nail trick! Everyone tried their hand at hang nail and some were more successful than others!


The 30th Annual Auction Catalog is now Available!

Auction Index
Auction Lots
2024 Auction Results

2023 & 2024 OHNS Hobo Tokens are Temporarily Unavailable

OHNS is pleased to announce the release for sale of 2023 & 2024 OHNS Hobo Tokens. OHNS member Joe Paonessa designed and cut the dies for the 2023 and 2024 OHNS Hobo Tokens.


Introducing Project Kaiser

OHNS has announced Project Kaiser. For more information go to the Project Kaiser page.

I recently received an email from OHNS board member Stephen Alpert. I ran Steve's idea by some of the OHNS Board, and we agreed Steve's idea might be of interest to our members and be a lot of fun.

Steve said in part,

"Hi all! I propose that OHNS begins a research project on Kaiser Hobo nickels: (PROJECT KAISER)

First, we try to find and illustrate as many different classic old Kaiser hobo nickels. Each of you (3 OHNS Board members) have already sent pictures of the Kaiser hobo nickels in your collections. I will send you pictures later today of the ones in my collection.

Next we attempt finding additional other Kaiser hobo nickel pictures from our archives, past BoTales issues, past OHNS auctions, auction house auctions, eBay-sold hobo nickel illustrations by Ralph in past BoTales issues (including Threes a Match), and in the collections of OHNS members. We can put an introductory article in the next issue of BoTales (You're reading it right now.) requesting help for this project from all present and past OHNS officers, and all current OHNS regular members.

Once we gather together all the old Kaiser hobo nickel pictures (say we find 100) they should be illustrated (randomly) and individually numbered, in an issue of BoTales. Then we ask all OHNS members/BoTales readers, to study the pictures and let us know which ones they believe are matches. Out of this we may get some triple matches which we can nickname in future issues of BoTales. This project should be completed sometime in 2021."

Here's a little historical background on Kaiser Wilhelm. Wilhelm II (Friedrich Wilhelm Viktor Albert; 27 January 1859 - 4 June 1941), anglicized as William II, was the last German Emperor (Kaiser) and King of Prussia. His reign lasted from 15 June 1888 to 9 November 1918. Here are photos of Kaiser Wilhelm hatless and wearing the typical German Pickelhaube helmet.

Please read republished article by the late Tom Culhane (click here) that originally appeared in BoTales ten years ago. I think it will give you a much greater appreciation of the historical significance of Kaiser hobo nickels. A Lot of WWI German soldier/Kaiser carvings were done by GI's who copied other WWI GI's in places like Hoboken, New Jersey while waiting to ship out to Europe.

So please send photos of YOUR Kaiser hobo nickels to OHNS BoTales editor Ralph Winter,


2020 Reprints of the Hobo Nickel Guidebook Are Now Available

Click here to purchase the Hobo Nickel Guidebook


OHNS Announces Del Romines Summer Seminar Scholarship

The Del Romines Summer Seminar Scholarship is open to members of OHNS. Check the blue area on the Club Info page for more information.


OHNS Pamphlet Online!

Check out the OHNS pamphlet on the Origins of Hobo Nickels!! Click the photo below or right quick and save the photo below to download it!



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2020 Reprints of the Hobo Nickel Guidebook are available