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Hobo nickel records set at FUN

Both the one-day record for the sale of Hobo nickels and the record for the sale of a single Hobo nickel were broken during the FUN show.
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A new one-day record for the sale of Hobo nickels was set on Jan. 6, at the Florida United Numismatists Convention in Orlanda, Fla., said Ralph Winter, an OHNS board member.

Winter reported the record of $84,376 was set with the combined totals of the Original Hobo Nickel Society?s hobo nickel auction sales of $33,381.50 and the $50,995 collected for Hobo nickels during the Heritage Signature Auction.

A new auction record for a single Hobo nickel was also set at the Heritage auction when a carving, pictured at left, by Bert Wiegand realized $5,750 with the 15 percent buyer?s fee.

The OHNS auction included 85 lots, while the Heritage auction included 161 lots.

The Heritage lots were primarily from the collections of Troy Wiseman and the late Norm Talbert. All of the proceeds from the Troy Wiseman collection will be donated to the World Orphans charity, an organization Wiseman co-founded in 1993.