Fans of iconic American coin designs now have the chance to see James Earle Fraser’s Buffalo Nickel design in a way it’s never been viewed before. A popular new lineup of silver rounds entitled Silver Hobo Nickels presents iconic designs with a unique twist, combining America’s coinage history with its hobo culture of the 18th and 19th centuries. Right now, the 1 oz Silver Proof Hobo Nickel Round is available on Silver.com.
- Limited mintage of just 10,000 rounds!
- First release in an exciting new Hobo Nickel Series!
- Arrives encapsulated in plastic to protect the round’s design.
- Consists of one troy ounce of .999 fine silver.
- Imitates the historic Buffalo Nickel design.
- Designed by Spanish engraver and artist Paolo Curcio.
- Proof-like condition including CoA (certificate of authenticity).
- Privately minted in the United States of America.
Hobo culture in the United States is often associated with the spread of the nation’s railway network from coast to coast. In reality, it has its roots in the 18th century. As hobos sought to pass the time in their lives and on their travels, many would create unique designs and pieces of artwork.
One of the popular targets of hobos across the country was the nation’s early coinage. Hobo artists would etch and engrave their own designs onto existing coins, with the nickel proving to be their favorite target.
Spanish engraver Paolo Curcio brings this hobo art to life with the 1936 version of the Buffalo Nickel as his inspiration. Curcio’s design reflects the basic elements of Fraser’s Buffalo Nickel, but changes significant features to honor hobo culture.
On the obverse face of the round is the right-profile portrait of a hobo fisherman. His facial features and shape replicate the Native American leader from the Buffalo Nickel, and even include the engravings of “Liberty” and a year of issue. Rather than a native headdress, Curcio’s fisherman wears a longshoreman’s cap.
The reverse uses the image of a buffalo’s back to provide the shape of a mountain range on the opposite shore of a lake, with a fisherman casting his line from a dock in the foreground. Engravings on this face include “United States of America,” “E Pluribus Unum,” and a face value of “Five Cents,” which this round does not carry because of its status as a silver round.
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