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 Posted 04/17/2011  1:53 pm Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add jenkinsde27 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

I haven't been able to identify this particular hobo nickel - any experts out there? THANKS!



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 Posted 04/17/2011  10:03 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Numismat to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks like a modern version, just my opinion though.

Some resourceful crafts people have started carving such coins and selling them on eBay.
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 Posted 07/31/2011  3:53 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add RMAN4443 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
sorry I can't help.until yesterday I didn't know these items even existed,but since yesterday I've seen hundreds at a coin show,and online and I must say some of these are really beautiful and nicely crafted
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 Posted 08/01/2011  12:05 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ExoGuy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm no expert in this area, yet I'm inclined to suspect that this example may be a somewhat older issue rather than modern. One reason is the date, 1913. Another reason is that the artwork appears to me to have been done by hand tooling as opposed to use of a machine. Most of the moden ones I've seen have a manufactured look.

Check out the OHNS website at: http://hobonickels.org/

Some Hobo nickel artists can be identified by their artwork, their "brushstrokes" if you will. Having met some members of the OHNS at coin shows, they've been most helpful and informative to my experience, eager to share their knowledge.
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 Posted 08/01/2011  5:33 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add joe316 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hobo nickels are like any form of artwork such as paintings and sculptures. They are only worth what someone is willing to give you for them since they are worthless defaced currency like the Obama coins being sold with Obama painted on them.
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 Posted 08/02/2011  12:42 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ExoGuy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It's true what Joe said about Hobo nickels being an artform and such. Yet, I'd not compare them with Obama dollars or describe them as being simply defaced currency. Some Hobo nickels have sold for thousands of dollars, being top-notch art. Hobo nickels aren't a fad, either. Better ones are eagerly sought by many afficionados.
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