Here’s a neat gallery of hand carved nickels, called “Hobo nickels” – from Wikipedia“The hobo nickel is a sculptural art form involving the creative modification of small-denomination coins, essentially resulting in miniature bas reliefs. The nickel, because of its size, thickness, and relative softness, was a favored coin for this purpose. However, the term “hobo nickel” is generic, and carvings have been made from many different denominations. Due to its low cost and portability, this medium was particularly popular among hobos, hence the name.” [via] – Link.


  • Hobo Nickel Society – Link.
  • Nickel Carver’s ShowCase – Link.

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    Those are very nice Hobo Nickels. I just started the craft as well… check out my site.. http://www.ShanesHoboNickels.com … Thank you…