I’m a coin collector, yeah I said it, a metal heritage hunter, a numismatist, a coinaholic. If you’ve never heard of a hobo nickel, that’s okay, not many have. Hobo nickles were coins carved by, you guessed it – hobos, in a time when money wasn’t worth a lot. They would carve different faces onto the metal for fun and now they’re largely collectible. I came across two artists this week toting hobo nickel skills that put all others to shame.
First is artist Shaun Hughes. The UK-based artist likes to turn his pennies into some very recognizable characters. Spiderman, the Hulk, Yoda, he’s got them all, and the artistry is on point.
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However, I have to say our second artist takes the cake. His name is Paolo Curcio and his nickles are like metal paintings. Using more of a traditional artistry, Paolo’s coins look like a cross between an old story book and a day of the dead festival. Whatever the look, these coins are amazing, and fetch a pretty penny. Some are topping over $400 bucks. Not a bad profit.