Recently, the classic art of hobo-nickel design was revived and brought to a new generation of numismatists. The first release in the series, the popular Fisherman, now has a companion design in the second release in the Hobo Nickel Round series. Right now, the 1 oz Proof Silver Train Hobo Nickel Round is available while supplies last on Silver.com.
- Mintage of these rounds is capped at 10,000 in total!
- 2nd of 5 rounds in the Silver Hobo Nickel Series!
- Arrives in a plastic capsule with a Certificate of Authenticity.
- Consists of one troy ounce of .999 fine silver.
- Includes the image of a steam engine chugging along the tracks on the obverse.
- A lone hobo walks to his next destination on the coin’s reverse.
- Struck in brilliant proof with edge lettered serial number.
Hobo art on circulating American coins was a popular past-time among the nation’s traveling vagabonds during the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries. The preferred coin for this work was the nation’s five-cent piece. It was more popular than the one-cent piece because it was as readily available, but offered a larger surface to work with.
In the early 20th century, the Buffalo Nickel design from James Earle Fraser was a favorite among hobo artists who added their own flair to the already intricate design of the coin. Its malleable metal content made it easy for hobo artists to use any manner of tools to scratch, engrave, and punch holes in the coins.
On the obverse of these 1 oz Proof Silver Train Hobo Nickel Rounds you’ll find a steam locomotive rolling down the tracks. Engravings similar to the original Buffalo Nickel are included, and feature “Liberty” along the right edge and a year of issue, “1913” in this case, in the lower left.
The reverse depicts a hobo as he walks along, knapsack in hand, while holding a walking stick. When you look at the coin with the hobo upright, the engravings of “United States of America,” “E Pluribus Unum,” and “Five Cents” are sideways. Turn the coin to read those horizontally, and the hobo eerily depicts the hump of the buffalo’s back from the original Buffalo Nickel.
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