The 24th annual members-only auction conducted by the Original Hobo
Nickel Society is scheduled for 10 a.m. Jan. 9 at the Tampa
The auction is conducted in conjunction with the Jan. 7 to 10 Florida United
The auction offers 90 lots including classic and modern carved hobo
nickels and related memorabilia. Those who have paid their $20 annual
dues for 2016 may participate in the auction. Those attending the
convention who pay their dues before the bidding starts may also participate.
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Among the hobo nickels offered are two undated Indian Head 5-cent
coins credited as having had their obverses carved by renowned hobo
nickel artist George Washington "Bo" Hughes. One of
the pieces depicts a rabbi and the other portrays a woman with a 1920s
Hughes' initials G.H. are cut into the collar on the rabbi piece.
Hughes' works are highly prized by knowledgedable collectors, who
are willing to spend thousands of dollars in some cases to acquire examples.
For more information, visit the OHNS website.