Kicking off the 2017 Silver Hobo Nickel collection is Roman Booteen’s adaptation of Albrecht Durer’s 1513 “Knight, Death and The Devil”. Intricately detailed on a 1921 Morgan silver dollar, this masterpiece takes us back to the times of magic and superstition. On a finely muscled mount, our brave knight journeys through an otherworldly valley; beasts and ghastly figures lunge and leer at the rider, while hunting dogs clamor at his feet, creating an eerie sense of foreboding.
The reverse design was also originally featured on a Morgan silver dollar, creating a rare “double obverse” Silver Hobo Nickel, inspired by the mythology that surrounds trees. Since ancient times, trees have been symbols of the connection between the living world and the supernatural underworld. Legends from around the world tell of trees which are home to evil spirits, and of trees which can transform into demons. Roman Booteen's hobo coin for 2017 features a twisted and ghoulish tree, representing all that makes us feel wary on a dark night in the woods. From the tree's gaping mouth reaches a fist clasping a bronze coloured snake. More endlessly entwined and venomous serpents coil around the trunk and branches. Entangled in the roots lie a sword, skull and a quiver of arrows, objects which are often used in art to represent death.
Roman Booteen's Durer's Knight at a Glance: