SILVER HOBO NICKELS

PREPARE TO BE AMAZED!

Expanding upon the 2016 Paolo "MrThe" Curcio collection, new Silver Hobo Nickels available now featuring licensed art from engraving legends Saburov, Booteen, DeFlorentis, Adams & Jameson.

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

VIKING BERSERKER by Aleksey Saburov

    With the popularity in all things Viking, it’s not surprising people are going berserk for Aleksey Saburov’s latest hobo nickel. The Vikings were a bloodthirsty Nordic tribe who traversed the seas as pirates, raiding, trading and exploring. Their ancient heritage and legendary tales are commemorated in Saburov's hobo nickel, earning a place in our 2017 coin collection. Every detail of this bas-relief carving is exquisite and well thought out, from the rich texturing of the fur clothing worn by our Viking hero to the complex curves of Celtic style knot-work adorning his weapon. The obverse displays our bearded Norse heathen with his battle axe in hand. But notice if you will the most striking feature - his eyes. When in his trance-like battle state, he was a crazy animal, driven by madness. To many he was unstable, even considered to be schizophrenic. To some scholars, he was in the throes of a PTSD-like hyperarousal. Many believe it was the product of a drug and booze fuelled rampage, while others say it is ritualistic magic and cult.

    Expert bas-relief sculptor Aleksey Saburov masterfully captures the frenzied persona of these madmen as they lose their minds in berserkergang – the act of going berserk.

    The reverse captures a dramatic scene on the ocean waves, with a sea-serpent attacking a Viking longboat. Known in Norse mythology as the Jormungand or the Midgard Serpent, this huge beast represents chaos and a power even greater than that of the gods. This striking artwork is extraordinarily detailed to create a sense of movement and energy which brings the piece to life. Saburov's fierce Viking crew prepare to fight for their lives, with spears and shields at the ready, while the fanged, scaled monster looms over them. The long boat has sleek, simple lines, bringing an extra dimension of charm to the design.

    • 1oz Silver Antique (5,000 total) 39mm diameter
    • 5oz Silver Antique (2,500 total) 63mm diameter

    SPECIFICATIONS

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

    Where to Buy

    MEET THE ARTIST Hailing from the historic city of Kostroma in Russia, Aleksey Saburov creates some of today's most beautiful and expressive hobo coins. Saburov has completed the highest levels of training, attaining certification as a 6th Degree Master Engraver. He learnt about hobo nickels during his studies and was instantly attracted to using them as an artistic medium. Initially playing around with coin engraving as a hobby, Saburov quickly developed a passion for this creative craft. Saburov's designs are exquisitely detailed, worked under 10X magnification, to create miniature bas-relief sculptures with subtle depth and intricate texture effects. His remarkable technique captures the unique nature and characteristics of every subject he takes on.

    THE TRAINS by Steve Adams

      The hobo coin designed by Steve Adams for our 2017 collection harks back to the heyday of nickel carving, with a distinct Art Deco influence. Images of trains have long been a popular motif for coin artists, as have the rail systems which they used to traverse their way around the nation. The obverse of the coin features a miniature traditional hobo profile, surrounded by trains and geometric Art Deco motifs.

      The reverse of the coin continues the theme and Art Deco motif with the image of a hobo running along the tracks in front of a train. A gold finish on the headlight beam of the train adds drama. Adams' skill and passion for hobo nickel design are clearly evident in this imaginative piece. His die-engraving methods and deep relief technique create captivating sense of depth, making every element of the design stand out.

      Available in

      • 1oz Silver Antique (5,000 total) 39mm diameter
      • 5oz Silver Antique (2,500 total) 63mm diameter

      SPECIFICATIONS

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

      MEET THE ARTIST  Pennsylvanian Steve Adams is a master of hobo nickel engraving, whose work is instantly recognizable and a highly desirable addition to any coin collection. Adams worked 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 uses 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.

      THE GRAVEYARD SHIFT by Chris DeFlorentis

        A cloaked and hooded figure - the haunting image of Death - stalks an eerie graveyard on the obverse of Chris DeFlorentis' hobo nickel brought to life in the 2017 Silver Hobo Nickel collection. From his menacing skull countenance, to the scythe that he uses to harvest the souls of the dead, this Grim Reaper is certainly not a character that you'd want to meet on a dark night. It is the little details, like the tombstone bearing a clock, and the reaper punching his timecard, that characterises DeFlorentis' work and will make you fall in love with this coin.

        The reverse of the coin offers a darkly humorous concept – the fish's revenge. The coin depicts a boy being caught on a hook, cast by none other than a large fish. 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.

        • 1oz Silver Antique (5,000 total) 39mm diameter
        • 5oz Silver Antique (2,500 total) 63mm diameter

        SPECIFICATIONS

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

        Where to Buy

        Chris DeFlorentis & Kira @ the ANA World Fair of Money 2017

        MEET THE ARTIST  US based artist Chris DeFlorentis (nickname, DeChristo) started engraving coins in 2011. Despite having no formal art qualifications, DeFlorentis quickly became recognised talent in the coin carving scene. DeFlorentis first learnt about hobo nickels when researching some error coins that he'd inherited from his father. He started a small collection of hobo coins, which included some Bill Jameson pieces, and was captivated by the fascinating and complex designs. When DeFlorentis decided to try carving some coins of his own, he was met with great support from the coin carving community. DeFlorentis forged a friendship with Steve Cox, who taught him many essential skills, while Larry Foster supplied him with beginner engraving tools. DeFlorentis brings a unique edge to the hobo nickel engraving world, uniting traditional folk-art lines with a striking eye for detail.

        DURER'S KNIGHT by Roman Booteen

          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.

          Inspired by the mythology that surrounds trees, the obverse of 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.

          SPECIFICATIONS

          • 5,000 1 Troy oz 39mm Silver Antique
          • 2,500 5 Troy oz 63mm Silver Antique
          • 999 Fine Investment Grade Silver
          • Hand-scraped antique finish
          • Edge-numbered with unique production number
          • Encapsulated in a clear plastic airtite
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          Where to Buy

          MEET THE ARTIST  Based in Russia, rising star Roman Booteen maintains a mysterious level of anonymity, while producing hobo nickel creations which regularly shock the coin collecting community with both their subject matter and complexity. His carvings include pop culture figures, and he often plays with exaggerating and softening the facial features of his characters giving them a real sense of personality.

          NIGHTMARES OF THE FALL   by Alekset Saburov

            Designed especially to usher in our 2017 collection, Aleksey Saburov's Nightmares of Fall is a delightfully spooky coin with a Halloween theme. This special edition design has a limited production of just 1,500 pieces and has an attractive antique finish.

            The obverse features a haunting tree, bare of its foliage so that its branches form arms and hands, and its twisted trunk reveals a unearthly face. The reverse is a magnificently designed piece of art with nightmarish motifs and an autumnal edge. From under a cracked pumpkin shell peers a forgotten skull, draped with spiderwebs and spiders. A gleaming smooth full moon with the silhouette of a bat in flight creates a bold focal point to complete the piece.

            SPECIFICATIONS

            • 1oz Antique Finish 39mm (1,500)
            • .999 Fine Investment Grade Silver
            • Hand-scraped antique finish
            • Edge-numbered with unique production number
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            Mr The's 2016 Silver Hobo Nickel Collection

            The Fisherman

            The Fisherman’s obverse features the classic portrait of the wandering fisherman. Mr The’s original carving was sculpted over a period of two days, including an inlaid cigarette of 24 carat gold, and was engraved at the Original Hobo Nickel Society’s booth during the Florida United Numismatists convention in Orlando.

            The reverse features a mountainous landscape formed from the coin’s original buffalo humps. With a copper fishing rod inlay, Mr The carved the design over two days as a fundraiser during Engrave-In, a non-profit event where the world’s leading Hobo Nickel engravers share their knowledge at no cost.

            Available in 1oz Silver Proof (10,000 total minted), 1oz Silver Antique (1,000 total), and 5oz Silver Antique (1,000 total).

            The Train

            In stark contrast to the conventional Hobo Nickel portraits, Mr The’s Train showcases an original steam engine locomotive, paying tribute to the Hobo’s preferred method of transport. Carved in 2014, the Train was engraved over four days on a 1913 type 1 buffalo “full-horn” nickel, and sold for $700.

            The Train’s reverse features the traditional hobo design, fashioning the hobo’s napsack from the buffalo hump, using the line above the denomination as the hobo’s walking stick.

            Available in 1oz Silver Proof (10,000 total minted), 1oz Silver Antique (1,000 total), and 5oz Silver Antique (1,000 total).

            Skulls & Scrolls

            A pioneer of the skull style, Mr The’s Skulls & Scrolls art was engraved in 2012, featuring a ghostly rendition of other favorites designs and framed with an ornamental, victorian-era scroll pattern.

            The reverse design, Skeleton Gold Buckle, features a new take on the common hobo reverse, with the traditional hobo in skeletal form.

            Available in 1oz Silver Proof (10,000 total minted), 1oz Silver Antique (1,000 total), and 5oz Silver Antique (1,000 total).

            Green Fairy & Fishbones

            Mr The departs once again from the traditional Hobo Nickel constraints with the Green Fairy, featuring an unclothed sprite enjoying an intoxicating substance from a steaming glass, while the reverse features the skeletal remains of a deep-sea dwelling fish.

            Available in 1oz Silver Proof (10,000 total minted), 1oz Silver Antique (1,000 total), and 5oz Silver Antique (1,000 total).

            Jefferson Skull Scroll

            Wrapping up the 2016 Silver Hobo Nickel collection is the incredible Jefferson Skull Scroll, which was originally carved onto a 2005 special edition Westward Journey commemorative Jefferson nickel.

            The reverse features Mini-Man & Train, originally engraved in 2014.

            Available in 1oz Silver Proof (10,000 total minted), 1oz Silver Antique (1,000 total), and 5oz Silver Antique (1,000 total).

            Meet the Artist

            From his studio in Spain, Mr Paolo Curcio, known throughout the carving world as Mr The, turns private commissions and personal curiosities into some of the most breathtaking reliefs ever carved. Engraving between forty and seventy Hobo Nickels each year, Mr The pushes the envelope on what is possible on such a small canvas. Mr The is also the proud creator of two new engraving styles: Clad Cameo Carvings, which utilize clad coins, taking advantage of the dark metal interior to add another layer of depth and character to his creations. Further, Mr The is credited as starting the Big Head Mini Man style, creating a caricature of classic formats.

            The 2016 Walking Hobo Silver 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!

            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
            • laser-etched weight, purity & unique production number
            • classic antique silver finish
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            Where to Buy

            DISCOVER 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.

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            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!

            We invite you to join some of the world's best coin carvers on an adventure to the darkest corners of their imaginations with this exciting new hobo nickel collection. We collaborated with five talented artists to offer you an intriguing way to start or add to your personal collection. Rich in spooky symbolism, these creative carved coins showcase each artist's unique skills and style with breathtaking results.
             

            Jefferson Skull sculpts completed 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!

            Green Fairy Fishbone sculpts - a first look

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

            The 2016 Walking Hobo Silver 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!

            ARE YOU A COIN COLLECTING PIONEER?

            June 01, 2016 – Join Dave Harper of Numismatic News as he dissects the virtues of discovering, loving and collecting the 2016 Silver Hobo Nickel coin collection!

            COINWORLD TAKES A LOOK AT THE SILVER HOBO NICKEL COLLECTION

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

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