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29 Apr 2020

The Hobo in Me - My Newest Fascinating Endeavor

Exonumia | user_52483

I have recently began to get a bit more serious with Hobo Nickels (Classics) over the past few years. Within the past year I have found the subject extremely fascinating. The reasoning why a person would alter a coin to create artwork in exchange for a meal, fare, or other product or service is brilliant.
Some examples are cruel while others are superior. Determining which coins are authentic as originals versus modern copies or moderns in general is a daunting task. I do give credit to modern carvers as they are designing beautiful pieces. The classics really struck a chord in my heart because of the simple tool(s) one would have used to create such interesting work.

I have joined a club, read many articles and books, studied in hand examples, researched the late 1800s to earlier 1900s USA history/European to get as much information. It is not just the coins that fascinates, but the time in America where men lost their jobs, families, self-worth, and lives. These were uncertain times as they are now. Tramps always had a stereotype. I understand their passion, their weaknesses, their pain, their fear, their intentions (both good and bad), and the general need for men to be able to provide, a bit more.
The story, depiction, and pride that went into these earlier coins (Buffalo Nickels Mostly) grabbed my interest like the first day I met my wife. It wasn't love at first sight. It was curiosity. I will continue to research and collect these coins. Buy the way, these coins are pretty hard to find. Nice examples are fetching great values and collectors are not letting others pry them from their hands so easily. It must be noted, I have purchased under a 16 in the past year. I was searching daily while communicating with dozens of people and prominent figures in the hobby.
One of the best resources deserves much credit:
OHNS - Original Hobo Nickel Society
As I become more experienced I am seeing new areas of study. There is never a shortage of knowledge to learn in Numismatics.
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Comments

user_52483

Level 2

It is great to see others with similar interests. I will try to upload some new ones added to the collection. It is a very interesting field of study.

user_7180

Level 5

Hobo Nickels are always interesting to see the art work. Imagine the time and patience it must take.

user_52483

Level 2

I can’t even imagine the time and vision that goes/went into classic/modern hobo nickels. Very interesting.

I personally am a fan of hobo nickels. I was able to take a class on them at Summer Seminar in 2019.

user_52483

Level 2

That had to be a great experience. I hope I’m able to get down to FUN. Would love to meet more collectors and exchange information.

Long Beard

Level 5

A lot of cut hands crafting those. Me? I like the love tokens.

user_52483

Level 2

Yes, Love Tokens is exactly what got me into Hobo Nickels. I bought a few Love Tokens years ago. Mostly Liberty Nickels and some foreign coins. They are interesting as well.

Longstrider

Level 6

I did buy two from the ANA Summer Seminar, I don't know what to call him, great man Tiny. He does excellent, unique work. My coin guy has been selling some other contemporary work. Not anywhere as nice as his. I would love to get some originals as well. Out of my budget. Great blog. I don't think I've read one on this subject before. Thanks and good luck.

user_52483

Level 2

There are some great modern carvers out there and seem to be keeping this field intriguing. The OHNS on Facebook is a great resource all-around. They hold an auction yearly at FUN show. Would love to go. Thank you. I wish more coverage was available on this topic.

Mike

Level 7

I also never bought one . Maybe down the road. But maybe sooner. I have seen all types wich are real or not i dont see spending the money to send them in. There are no stores anywhere near me.. Very interisting blog.

user_52483

Level 2

Thank you. They are indeed hard to locate. I have only see. A couple at shows and hardly any at local coin shops. I see some moderns here and there at coin shows. Classics are challenging to find. The hunt is exhilarating!

It's Mokie

Level 6

I've never owned a hobo nickel but will perhaps look for one at a future show. Like you mentioned, for the novice, it is probably easy to buy a contemporary example rather than a true blue original. Probably best to buy from a reputable dealer who sells a lot of Hobo nickels.

user_52483

Level 2

Agreed. Distinguishing moderns from classics has taken quite a bit of studying and I still find a lot of them difficult. Another blog on how to authenticate would be a great idea. Yes, there are some prolific people in the field that are extremely helpful and kind.

Golfer

Level 5

Love Hobo nickels, but dont collect them. If old originals are scarce and pricey, and already in collections that might be a deterrant. Post some pictures and keep us posted. Be great to be a hobo nickel carver. Thanks for talking hobo nickels. Will keep a look out for them.

user_52483

Level 2

Absolutely! I wish I had more talent to become a carver. I have to fix some of the pictures and positions. Hopefully, some more were uploaded. I look forward to writing more about them and discussing this interest.

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