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Original Hobo Nickel Cat and Mouse Coin by Howard Thomas OOAK

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This 1937 buffalo hobo nickel was carved/sculpted by artist Howard Thomas. OHNS # 1184. All of Howards works are one of a kind. Although he may make similar pieces, he never duplicates them. This is t...
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About Hobo Nickels

Whether you are looking for a unique gift item or a collectible piece of history, hobo nickels can take you back to the past like nothing else. These tiny pieces of art are carved from original coins with a crude knife or nail punch and traditionally use the Indian Head or Buffalo nickel that was first issued in 1913. Classic pieces created by famous coin carvers George Washington "Bo" Hughes or Bertram "Bert" Wiegand may have once been traded for a meal or shelter. Others could have been used as a bribe for a ride on a "dicer," a fast freight train hobos often used for travel. The hobo Buffalo nickel is a favorite coin, allowing artists to elaborate upon the Native American's profile with finer details. The buffalo on the reverse is often changed into another animal or a man carrying a backpack. Even Lincoln pennies are carved into fabulous handheld pieces of art. Always popular, a skeleton or skull hobo nickel is a traditional design, and you can find many of these and other unique iterations of hobo nickels in the vast inventory on eBay.