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Silver Hobo Nickels

2017 Silver Hobo Nickels

Coins Durer Knight

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New collectible coins coming soon, featuring licensed art from engraving legends Saburov, Booteen, DeFlorentis, Adams & Jameson.

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A privately minted coin collection commemorating the American Sculptural Art of Buffalo Nickel Carving

Graveyard Shift

Featuring officially licensed art from Hobo Nickel Master Engraver Chris DeFlorentis.

Graveyard Shift

Colloquially speaking, the graveyard shift is a late-night work shift that runs through the evening and into the morning. This timeframe is generally accepted as running from midnight until 8 am, and was originally coined based upon the assignment of some to walk the cemetery at night to watch over the graves of the dead.

All Graveyard Shift Silver Rounds have an antique finish for added beauty. Products with an antique finish vary from mint to mint, but by in large, products with this finish have added warmth in appearance and depth to the overall detail of the round.

On the obverse of the Graveyard Shift Silver Round is the haunting image of Death as he strolls through the graveyard. His scythe is held tightly in his boney right hand, while his left hand extends a scroll featuring the names of the dead he seeks in the cemetery.

Graveyard Shift

The reverse of each of these rounds includes a unique take on a fisherman out looking for a meal. Rather than casting a line in hopes of catching a meal, you’ll see a fish on shore casting out his line with a fisherman on the hook as a bait.

Available in
1oz Silver Antique (5,000 total). 1.535 inch / 39mm diameter.
5oz Silver Antique (2,500 total). 2.5 inch / 63mm diameter.

Specifications

  • .999 Fine Investment Grade Silver.
  • Hand-scraped antique finish.
  • Edge-numbered with unique production number.
  • Encapsulated in a clear plastic airtite.

Durer’s Knight

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, a twisted and ghoulishly tree represents all that makes us wary on a dark night in the woods. From the tree’s gaping mouth reaches a fist clasping a snake, while endlessly entwined serpents coil around the trunk and branches. Entangled in the roots lie a sword, skull and quiver of arrows, symbols often used to represent death.

Available in
1oz Silver Antique (5,000 total). 1.535 inch / 39mm diameter.
5oz Silver Antique (2,500 total). 2.5 inch / 63mm diameter.

Specifications

  • .999 Fine Investment Grade Silver.
  • Hand-scraped antique finish.
  • Edge-numbered with unique production number.
  • Encapsulated in a clear plastic airtite.

Wisconsin based Steve Adams is a master of hobo nickel engraving whose work is instantly recognizable and a highly desirable addition to any coin collection. Adams had been working in die engraving and sculpting for 20 years when he learnt about the tradition of hobo coin art. Giving the craft a try for himself, he was quickly drawn into the world of coin engraving. Adams has used his die engraving skills to develop a dramatic personal style. He works in deep relief, and to a greater depth than most other hobo nickel artists, resulting in a striking heavily sculpted finish to his designs.

Specifications

  • .999 Fine Investment Grade Silver.
  • Hand-scraped antique finish.
  • Edge-numbered with unique production number.
  • Encapsulated in a clear plastic airtite.

“The inspiration came from the design in the Art Deco movement/period. I combined that with the Hobo lifestyle.”

The Trains Obv

The obverse "Running From Change" has a hobo running away from a new Art Deco locomotive. He doesn't recognise it, and is running in fear, not willing to accept this new creation.

The Trains Rev


The reverse is acceptance of the New Art deco style. It displays hobo symbols and Atlas is supporting the hobo lifestyle and art.

The 2016 Silver Hobo Nickel Statue!

August 16th, 2016 – In 2016, legendary hobo nickel carving expert Paolo “Mr The” Curcio licensed for production a series of 5 silver hobo nickel replicas, each featuring a unique obverse and reverse design from Mr The’s extensive portfolio.

To commemorate the first year’s successful launch of the five coins – The Fisherman, The Train, Skulls & Scrolls, Green Fairy Fishbones & Jefferson Skull – Mr The also authorized the 2016 Silver Hobo Nickel statue, bringing to life The Train coin’s reverse.
With a base fashioned from the rocky-bedded grade of railroad tracks, the characterized walking hobo features torn up clothes, an open-toed shoe, a corn husk pipe, tattered hat, and a sack full of his earthly belongings. The detail of the statue is stunning, right down to the fasteners securing the rails to the ties.

Each statue contains more than 10 Troy Ounces of silver, and the base is individually laser-etched with a unique production number, actual weight (in grams), and guaranteed minimum purity (925 Ag). Production is limited to only 1,000 silver statues, so act fast before they’re gone!

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Specifications

  • contains 10+ Troy ounces of solid silver
  • guaranteed minimum weight of 337 grams of .925 silver
  • base width is 2" (50mm), height is 3" (77mm)
  • limited production of only 1,000 casts
  • base laser-etched with weight, purity & unique production number
  • unique antique silver finish

The 2016 Silver Hobo Nickel Collection!

About Hobo Nickels

Dating back as early as the 18th Century, America’s hobo subculture passed time by carving miniature designs into circulating coinage. Although the term Hobo Nickel is generic and can be used to identify many various denominations, more carvings were made from the American five cent piece than any other coins. The hobby gained momentum in 1913 when the US Mint introduced the new “Buffalo Nickel”.

The new coin was a departure from classic american coins, which typically featured small portraits of women. The Buffalo Nickel obverse featured a prominent Native American male head, providing artists with a large canvas for sculpting and fine detail. The new nickel was thick and relatively soft, resulting in the most dynamic and creative results. Hobo Nickels evolved over the years to reflect the changing political, social and humorous culture, resulting in thousands of engraved designs, collected and cherished world-wide. In collector’s markets, these hand-made carvings frequently sell for hundreds of dollars each, while two-sided or rare specialty Hobo Nickels yield tens of thousands of dollars each!

The Silver Hobo Nickels collection pays tribute to this uniquely American art form, featuring officially licensed original art from the most talented artists in the coin engraving industry.

Each Silver Hobo Nickel features two original designs on a single 999 fine silver coin, finished in an authentic antiqued polish, edge-marked with a unique mint number, encapsulated for long-term preservation, with a production limit of less than 5,000 proofs.


A Few Silver Hobo Nickels Videos…

Silver Hobo Nickel News & Updates

2017 Silver Hobo Nickel Collection Announced!

November 25th, 2016 – What an exciting year 2017 will be! For 2016, the Silver Hobo Nickel collection featured ten original designs from Paolo “Mr The” Curcio on five unique coins. Now, for 2017, we’re expanding the field and showing off the amazing talent of FIVE new artists, with unique styles and themes, representing the finest engraving we’ve ever seen! Here’s a quick preview of what’s to come this year!

Fisherman
durer
bill-obv
Viking

Jefferson Skull sculpts ahead of schedule!

June 30th, 2016 – Allowing for plenty of extra time to promote, Luigi Badia rocks out the last two sculpts in the 2016 Silver Hobo Nickel collection early!

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Jefferson Skull

JUST ANNOUNCED!

The 2016 Silver Hobo Statue!

June 28th, 2016 – GET READY FOLKS! Thanks to the overwhelming success of the 2016 Silver Hobo Nickel collection, legendary engraver Paolo “Mr The” Curcio has authorized for production the one-of-a-kind Silver Hobo Nickel solid 925 silver statue! We’ve got a long way to go, but take a quick look at the very first work-in-progress image of the 3d art, as imagined by our digital artist Mario. Stay tuned for more info as the project moves forward – we’ll know more about size, weight & target price-point shortly!

Green Fairy Fishbone Sculpts

June 15th, 2016 – Here’s a quick first look at Italian Master Luigi Badia’s completed Green Fairy Fishbone sculpts.

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Green Fairy Fishbone Sculpts
Green Fairy Fishbone Sculpts

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Coinworld takes a first look at the 2016 Silver Hobo Nickel Collection

May 28, 2016 – Coinworld’s Paul Gilkes takes a quick first look at the new 2016 Silver Hobo Nickel collection.