Numismatic artwork: The Hobo Nickel

I have blogged previously about some of the coins produced during my nation’s history which have struck (haha) me as the most beautiful. Here, in contrast, are some examples of home-grown artwork based on coinage, commonly known as the hobo nickel.

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While not limited to five-cent pieces (the ones above were based on the buffalo nickel, another beautiful piece of numismatic art in its own right), this coin provided a foundation for some of the more striking designs.

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Some Appalachian hobo nickels

The art form endures:

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This stunning piece is the work of Sam Alfano – click through to see other examples of his work.

The Old Wolf has spoken.