Heritage to Offer Wonderful Assortment of Hobo Nickels

Hobo nickels are collectibles made by altering regular-issue coins to turn them into pieces of art. They transform an unremarkable piece to a unique collectible, each with its own character and often a story behind it.

by Heritage Auctions l Published on July 7, 2021

Hobo nickels are collectibles made by altering regular-issue coins to turn them into pieces of art. They transform an unremarkable piece to a unique collectible, each with its own character and often a story behind it. Exonumia collectors passionately seek out these pieces, which even have clubs celebrating their study: The Original Hobo Nickel Society (http://www.hobonickels.org/) and the Tokens and Medals Society (http://www.tokenandmedal.org/page1/page1.html).

Heritage will be offering a wonderful assortment of hobo nickels in the July US Coin Sale #1332.

Hobo Nickels are numismatic art created by carving metal away, bit by bit, until a bas relief sculpture remains. These pieces were typically made on Buffalo Nickels by hobos, who often traveled by hitching a ride on freight trains. Simple tools were used to create dramatic art, such as these pieces:

https://coins.ha.com/itm/other/other-collectibles/coming-soon-/p/1332-15015.s?ic4=ListView-Thumbnail-071515

https://coins.ha.com/itm/hobo-nickels/nickels/full-cameo-carving-bo-self-portrait-signed-gh52/p/1332-15017.s?ic4=ListView-Thumbnail-071515

https://coins.ha.com/itm/other/other-collectibles/bo-s-memory-of-bert-carved-in-1952-full-cameo/p/1332-15018.s?ic4=ListView-Thumbnail-071515

https://coins.ha.com/itm/other/other-collectibles/coming-soon-/p/1332-15023.s?ic4=ListView-Thumbnail-071515

https://coins.ha.com/itm/other/other-collectibles/coming-soon-/p/1332-15025.s?ic4=ListView-Thumbnail-071515

https://coins.ha.com/itm/other/other-collectibles/coming-soon-/p/1332-15027.s?ic4=ListView-Thumbnail-071515

https://coins.ha.com/itm/other/other-collectibles/coming-soon-/p/1332-15028.s?ic4=ListView-Thumbnail-071515

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Source: Heritage Auctions

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