Hobo Nickels - How to create them.

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by gbroke, Aug 30, 2011.

  1. gbroke

    gbroke Naturally Toned

    I have always thought hobo nickels were interesting, although I do not have one yet. I wondered how they were made. I came across this 'how-to' from someone who makes them (John L. Schipp). These are really nice.

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  3. CCMint

    CCMint Tempus fugit

    What the ___ are hobo nickels?
  4. Melina

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  5. jloring

    jloring Senior Citizen

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  7. CCMint

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  8. Lawtoad

    Lawtoad Active Member

    There is some true artistry with Hobo Nickles. I have seen some that were fantastic like the ones in the photo.
  9. jloring

    jloring Senior Citizen

  10. dsmith23

    dsmith23 Gotta get 'em all

    I've seen some great ones, I don't know how they did it back in the day
  11. Collector1966

    Collector1966 Senior Member

    This is my one and only hobo nickel

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  12. brotheryang

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  13. x115

    x115 Collector

    very late reply. but I think hobo nickels are kool & different . has any members here attempted making any ?

    I've tried with just an engraver
  14. apierce96

    apierce96 Member

    Very neat. Never saw these before.
  15. vdbpenny1995

    vdbpenny1995 Well-Known Member

    Hobo Nickels are nickels that hobos would carve for fun and profit with their time. They used buffalo nickels becuase the metal was soft and easy to carve. Eventually, they started to get reconition and some of the older ones fetch very high prices and there are lots of people who just collect hobo nickels.
  16. icerain

    icerain Mastir spellyr Supporter

    Those look pretty fun. Not sure if I want to destroy a Buffalo Nickel I would try it with a Jefferson.
  17. james m. wolfe

    james m. wolfe New Member

    Down_and_out_on_New_York_pier.png guys like these would make them
  18. Hobo

    Hobo Squirrel Hater

    ANA offers a course on carving Hobo Nickels at Summer Seminar. The title of the course is 'Coin Carving 101: Creating the Modern Hobo Nickel'. The course is taught by Joe Paonessa (a well-respected Hobo Nickel carver himself). Last year was the first time the course was offered and it was VERY well received. The course fills up fast so if you are interested in learning how to carve Hobo Nickels you should sign up soon.
  19. x115

    x115 Collector

    thanks for the info
  20. The Goldeneye

    The Goldeneye Man with the Golden Coin

    I've seen that done with Benjamin Franklin half dollars.
  21. Hobo

    Hobo Squirrel Hater

    For those that subscribe to (or have access to) the Grey Sheet, Bill Fivaz wrote an excellent article about Hobo Nickels for the December 2011 monthly issue of the Coin Dealer Newsletter.
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