Friday, November 14, 2008

Hobo Nickels

These are hobo nickels - Buffalo Nickels (1913 - 1938) that have been re-engraved with a new design. They are really small examples of American folk art. The ones shown are "original" or "classic" meaning they were done before the Great Depression (as opposed to the depression we are having now).

Artists today are still carving nickels and the modern ones can be spectacular!

This last picture is a modern hobo nickel that my friends had made for me when I retired from the American Numismatic Association. The artist is Steve Cox. I also have an impressive collection of rabbits from my mother ("Bunny") hence the choice of a rabbit on the coin.

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