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hobo nickels

The buffalo nickel coin was minted using soft metal & was imprinted with the portrait of an indian with bold features, making it easier to deface & transform into the portraits of other people, animals, or even scenery. Hobos at the turn of the 20th century often carved and traded the coins hence the name... Now many modern artists still carry on the tradition of carving these coins. I like the more traditional portrait mutation concept rather complete transformation of the coin something else

“Hobo Nickels” - First carved in 1913, the heyday of hobo nickels was back in the 1930s, used as a way to pass the time during the Great Depression. Some of the original coins still exist today, while the practice itself has survived into modern times; ironically making some nickels worth hundreds of dollars.

38 Impressive "Hobo Nickels"

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ROBERT MORRIS HOBO NICKEL - LOOMING THOUGHTS OF DEATH IN THE BACK OF HIS HEAD - 1937 BUFFALO NICKEL

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Cholo Hobo Nickel by Mathew Hagermann / blksun03

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Carved HOBO NICKEL Jasper Smells Dinner Folk Art OHNS 1304

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Coalburn Hobo Nickel engraved Love Token Skull bandana art OHNS

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Hobo Nickel | eBay

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