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28 Dec 2014

Hobo Nickel Part 2

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Now that I found out more about Hobo Nickels, i will give some info. Hobo nickels are just regular nickels with different engravings on them. Different people had engravings. The hobos would keep one nickel with them because, in the Depression era, one nickel could get you a nights lodging. A hobo could be arrested for vagrancy if he was unable to produce the payment for a nights lodging. This, in turn, could set them to 90 days hard labor.

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DaNumisMasta

Level 5

Hehe, i love these coins!

Mike

Level 7

Thank you for the information. Now I know why there are so many designs. Food work. Mike

Mike

Level 7

That's good work not food.

Kid Morgans

Level 4

Cool! I don't know a whole lot about hobo nickels, so thanks for the info!

ShriekenGriffon

Level 5

hobo nickels are really cool

user_7180

Level 5

Interesting information. Thanks for sharing.

Fugio1787

Level 4

Hobo nickels represent a fascinating type of artwork. There are contemporary carvers as well as those from the period of the Great Depression. I have only a passing interest in these coins--I have one, which is quite nice--but I appreciate them. There even is a club for hobo nickel collectors: http://hobonickels.org/

user_7579

Level 4

Thank you for the link.

Dollar Guy

Level 5

I would think if you could talk to Ron Landis he could/would have some interesting insights into hobo nickel histor. I would think he researched it a little before he began doing some carving himself.

user_6683

Level 4

Thank you for sharing this information.

BossX

Level 5

Does anyone know how much a hobo nickel is worth ?

Kid Morgans

Level 4

A hobo nickel can be worth at least $5, from what I've seen at coin shows!

That's great information! Thank you for sharing!

Peter

Level 4

Thank is good info. thank you peter

Kepi

Level 6

That's cool! If only you could get a room for a nickel these days... haha

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