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Hobo Nickels3 of 3KKK hobo nickel Hobo nickel of unknown carver and age
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Posted 5 years ago


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There are two ways to make a sculpture. One is to take away, the other is to build up. Hobo Nickel carvers take away. A form of tramp art , the murky origins are similar to the notched cigar box frames and furniture one still finds in abundance at antique shows. Supposedly started by hobos, these amateur Augustus Saint-Gaudens learned to carve the relatively soft Buffalo Nickel, thus adding value and trading them for bigger sandwiches. The buffalo nickel was minted from 1913 to 1938. The noble chief was a composite of Iron Tail, John Big Tree and Two Moons. The buffalo came from the Central Park Zoo. As they circulate, the first thing to go is the date, which was not delineated enough, thus frustrating young boys who would thrill to find one in dad's change only to realize the obliterated coin would not fill a slot in their little blue folder. Hobo nickels are still made today, in fact there are entire conventions of makers. I guess they get together and swap nickels.

Hobo Nickel c. 1913-1938 (and) c. 1990 Collection Jim Linderman


  1. pops52 pops52, 5 years ago
    Pretty amazing!
  2. antiquerose antiquerose, 2 years ago
    Never saw such a thing!!

    ~ Thanks for the Post even if a few years old -- AMAZING NEVER gets old !!!
  3. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 2 years ago
    i agree w/ what antiquerose said! i learn so much from your posts and your blog Jim! thanks for the education in really interesting and totally interesting info - my specialty too!
  4. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 2 years ago
    oops. meant to say ' really interesting and totally useless info!"

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