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Hobo "Nickels" (actually coin art) . . . . . let's see yours!

ZoidMeisterZoidMeister Posts: 2,997 ✭✭✭✭✭

In my exonumia quest, I have also run across a few "hobo nickels" that have caught my eye. Wish I could afford some of the early ones, but there are a very few contemporary artist creating some very interesting AND unique carvings worthy of notice.

I'm not talking about the stamped imported stuff, but real, hand crafted / hand carved coins. I think there are a few artists out there worthy of notice and worthy of mention.

I have two more coming in, but here is my current collection. These are by an artist named Steve Phelps who goes by "SteveOrino" on the bay and elsewhere. I have been watching his work and know that each coin is hand carved and different. I think he may be laser engraving his signature and some other features, but none of the "similar" designs are exactly the same.

Let's see yours . . . . . . . !




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  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I have long admired the old Hobo Nickels... Never acquired one. I may just get a modern for my display coins. There is some nice work being done. Cheers, RickO

  • seanqseanq Posts: 8,531 ✭✭✭✭✭

    You didn't say it had to be a Buffalo nickel ;)

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  • JBKJBK Posts: 14,219 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Am I losing my mind or do we already have a HN thread this week with the same pics? :#

  • JimnightJimnight Posts: 10,592 ✭✭✭✭✭


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