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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 3, January 15, 2006, Article 3

HOBO NICKEL HEIST AT FUN

It wasn't all fun and games at FUN.  Readers are urged to
be aware of coin show security and be on the lookout for
stolen material in the numismatic marketplace.  Ralph Winter
writes: "Saturday night, somewhere between 7pm and 8:30pm
the automobile of Archie Taylor was broken into at the
Chevy's Mexican restaurant in Kissimmee, FL with the entire
collection of HOBO NICKELS taken. Also included in the
heist was the 21/2 years worth of carvings by Keith Pederson
from N. J. and the works of Owen Covert from California.

Pederson and Covert are modern carvers that came to the
Orlando area and the FUN show to meet the members of OHNS
and see the area with their families.

The culprits followed the car from the Orange County
Convention Center and took only the coin cases and left
all personal belonging in the trunk."

"The Orange County Sheriff's office is conducting the
search for the coins that include, over 800 original
carvings by Pederson, Covert, and up to 50 or more
modern and original carvers of HOBO NICKELS.

Many Coins taken were purchased at the OHNS auction
that Saturday AM and will be easy to identify thru
pictures and Carvers initials ..KP ... OC ... CdA ....
AA ... GW .... WE .... JA .... also taken was the 83-coin
collection of Wabon Eddings. The majority of the newer
coins are signed, the older coins are in a DANSCO Book.
Gallery Mint museum tokens were included in the heist.

For more information contact. Orange County Sheriff's
Office, D/S Joe Warren at 407-737-2400 or Archie Taylor
863-603-7514 or rollieshobos@earthlink.net.

Photos of some of the stolen hobo nickels can be viewed at:
Stolen Hobo Nickels

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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