The Buffalo Nickel aka Indian Head Nickel History and how it became the Hobo Nickel

The Buffalo Nickel is as great a representation of money as any American coin rivaled only by the Lincoln Penny. However, the history of the Hobo Nickel makes the once common Buffalo Nickel a story of culture and commerce. Here is the background on the Buffalo Nickel, also known as the Indian Head Nickel from Wikipedia.

Here is a description of the Hobo Nickel from Google:

The hobo nickel is a sculptural art form involving the creative modification of small-denomination coins, essentially resulting in miniature bas reliefs. The US nickel coin was favored because of its size, thickness and relative softness.

And following a link to Wikipedia on Hobo Nickels

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Potty Coin - 1850's humor coinsPotty Coin - 1850's humor coinsI have to mention these "potty coins". Just goes to show you that modifying coins has a long and dirty history. Lady Liberty was modified to be mostly naked and sitting on a potty, which may have been political satire in the 1850's.


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