Unusual Hobo Nickel With Green Stone Inlay

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by StevenHarden, Jun 11, 2021 at 3:39 AM.

  1. StevenHarden

    StevenHarden Well-Known Member

    Hello All.

    Here is an example of an undated hobo nickel that I rediscovered in my collection. While it is undated, the host coin appears to be a 1913-P Type I (Raised Ground). I would estimate the coin grade to be XF+. Note the inclusion of an obverse green stone inlay where a shirt/jacket tie might be present. Also note the carvings on the edge of the coin.

    I am hoping someone familiar with hobo nickels might be able to help in identifying with a possible known carver. Also, I would like to hear any other comments anyone might have in regards to the quality, subject matter, inclusion of a stone inlay, rim carvings, etc.

    Any discussion is encouraged and any information is greatly appreciated.

    Here are some photos:

    Thank You.
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  3. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 Casual Collector / error expert "in Training "

    All I can say is Very Cool !!:happy:
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  4. dwhiz

    dwhiz Collector Supporter

    You may want to contact the Original Hobo Nickel Society or OHNS maybe they can help you.
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  5. CoinJockey73

    CoinJockey73 Here comes trouble... Dealer

    Maybe @ZoidMeister can help? He seems to have extensive knowledge of all things hobo nickel.
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  6. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Hamlet Squire of Tomfoolery . . . . . Supporter

    The only thing "extensive" that I have is my belt . . .

    I have little to zero knowledge of early hobo nickel carvers, but an appreciation of their work. This is 100% conjecture, but I am wondering if that work wasn't done by a jeweler or someone who created custom pocket knives. The edge treatment is reminiscent of what I have seen on custom knives.

    I would refer you to the Original Hobo Nickel Society for a more informed opinion.

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  7. CoinJockey73

    CoinJockey73 Here comes trouble... Dealer

    See? Told ya
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  8. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    That is one of the best Hobo Nickels I’ve ever seen. Thanks for sharing.
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  9. StevenHarden

    StevenHarden Well-Known Member


    Thank you for your replies.

    I will submit a Quality Designation request form with the OHNS to see what they have to say. Once they get back with me I will post their comments.

    Any other information about this piece would still be appreciated and I will leave the post open to future comments regarding this.

    Thank You.
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