Kicking off the 2017 Silver Hobo Nickel collection is Roman Booteen’s adaptation of Albrecht Durer’s 1513 “Knight, Death and The Devil”. Intricately detailed on a 1921 Morgan silver dollar, this masterpiece takes us back to the times of magic and superstition. On a finely muscled mount, our brave knight journeys through an otherworldly valley; beasts and ghastly figures lunge and leer at the rider, while hunting dogs clamor at his feet, creating an eerie sense of foreboding.
The reverse design was also originally featured on a Morgan silver dollar, creating a rare “double obverse” Silver Hobo Nickel. Inspired by the mythology that surrounds trees, a twisted and ghoulishly tree represents all that makes us wary on a dark night in the woods. From the tree’s gaping mouth reaches a fist clasping a snake, while endlessly entwined serpents coil around the trunk and branches. Entangled in the roots lie a sword, skull and quiver of arrows, symbols often used to represent death.
Designed especially to kick off our 2017 collection, Aleksey Saburov's Nightmares of Fall is a delightfully spooky coin with a Halloween theme. This special edition design has a limited production of just 1,500 pieces and has an attractive antique finish.
The obverse features a haunting tree, bare of its foliage so that its branches form arms and hands, and its twisted trunk reveals a unearthly face. The reverse is a magnificently designed piece of art with nightmarish motifs and an autumnal edge. From under a cracked pumpkin shell peers a forgotten skull, draped with spiderwebs and spiders. A gleaming smooth full moon with the silhouette of a bat in flight creates a bold focal point to complete the piece.
Nightmares of the Fall at a Glance:
1 Troy Ounce / 31.1 grams
.999 Fine Investment Grade Silver
hand-scraped antique finish
edge-numbered with unique production number
encapsulated in a clear plastic airtite
The Indian Skull
Regular price$59.00Sale price$49.00
Available in copper, 1oz silver antique & 5oz silver antique versions.
Thanks to the overwhelming success of the Silver Hobo Nickel coin collection, legendary engraver Paolo “Mr The” Curcio authorized the production of a one-of-a-kind Silver Hobo Nickel solid 925 silver statue!
Popping right off the reverse of The Train coin, the 2016 characterized walking hobo statue features a base fashioned from the rocky-bedded grade of railroad tracks, torn up clothes, an open-toed shoe, a corn husk pipe, tattered hat, and a sack full of his earthly belongings. The detail of the statue is stunning, right down to the fasteners securing the rails to the ties!
The miniature walking Hobo contains a whopping 10+ Troy Ounces of silver and stands at just over 3 inches tall. Each statue is hand-crafted and completed with the HotCo.co proprietary silver antique polish, and bears a unique production number, weight and purity laser-etched on the underside of the base.
Production is limited to only 1,000 silver statues, so act fast before they’re all gone!
Artist: Paolo "Mr The" Curcio
From his studio in Spain, Mr Paolo Curcio, known throughout the carving world as Mr The, turns private commissions and personal curiosities into some of the most breathtaking reliefs ever carved. Engraving between forty and seventy Hobo Nickels each year, Mr The pushes the envelope on what is possible on such a small canvas. Mr The is credited as starting the Big Head Mini Man style, creating a caricature of classic formats.
3d Artist: Mario Taboada Duro
Spanish artist freelancing from Madrid for more than 20 years as CG sculptor for various industries, from advertising to product visualization and video games, Mario Taboada Duro brings to life unique fantasy creatures from his vivid imagination.
contains 10+ Troy ounces of solid silver
guaranteed minimum weight of 337 grams of .925 silver
base width is 2" (50mm), height is 3" (77mm)
limited production of only 1,000 casts
base laser-etched with weight, purity & unique production number
unique antique silver finish
The Viking Berserker
Regular price$59.00Sale price$49.00
With the popularity in all things Viking, it’s not surprising people are going berserk Aleksey Saburov’s latest hobo nickel.
Meet the crazy shield biting, fire eating, Viking Berserkers.
Expert bas-relief sculptor Aleksey Saburov, masterfully captures the frenzied persona of these madmen as they lose their minds in berserkergang – the act of going berserk.
The obverse displays our bearded Norse heathen with his battle ax in hand. But notice if you will the most striking feature - his eyes. The Bersker was not just a fierce warrior you see. When in his trance-like battle state, he was a crazy animal, driven by madness. To many he was unstable, even considered to be schizophrenic. To some scholars, he was in the throes of a PTSD-like hyperarousal. Many believe it was the product of a drug and booze fuelled rampage, while others say it is ritualistic magic and cult.
Regardless of reason, it is the deft sculpting in his eyes you get a true sense of the Berserker’s blank fury. You feel the warrior is present in body, but not in mind.
The reverse shows our raging warriors fighting a fierce dragon-like sea monster. The Berserkers were often known to display superhuman strength. They took on the characteristics of wild bears and wolves, ripping apart their foes no matter how menacing. To the Berserkers, no enemy was too great – even a giant sea dragon.
The Berserkers were known to wear nothing but animal pelts into battle. It is thought the origins of the name came from an old Norse word meaning ‘bear-shirt’, although this remains debated. They were eventually outlawed in Norway in 1015. And by the 12th Century, most gangs had disappeared.
Wisconsin based Steve Adams is a master of hobo nickel engraving whose work is instantly recognizable and a highly desirable addition to any coin collection. Adams had been working in die engraving and sculpting for 20 years when he learnt about the tradition of hobo coin art. Giving the craft a try for himself, he was quickly drawn into the world of coin engraving. Adams has used his die engraving skills to develop a dramatic personal style. He works in deep relief, and to a greater depth than most other hobo nickel artists, resulting in a striking heavily sculpted finish to his designs.
The hobo coin designed by Steve Adams for our 2017 collection harks back to the heyday of nickel carving, with a distinct Art Deco influence. Images of hobos have long been a popular motif for coin artists, as have the rail systems which they used to traverse their way around the nation. The obverse of the coin features a miniature traditional hobo profile, surrounded by trains and geometric Art Deco motifs.
The reverse of the coin continues the theme and Art Deco motif with the image of a hobo running along the tracks in front of a train. A gold finish on the headlight beam of the train adds drama. Adams' skill and passion for hobo nickel design are clearly evident in this imaginative piece. His die-engraving methods and deep relief technique create captivating sense of depth, making every element of the design stand out.
Colloquially speaking, the graveyard shift is a late-night work shift that runs through the evening and into the morning. This timeframe is generally accepted as running from midnight until 8 am, and was originally coined based upon the assignment of some to walk the cemetery at night to watch over the graves of the dead.
All Graveyard Shift Silver Rounds have an antique finish for added beauty. Products with an antique finish vary from mint to mint, but by in large, products with this finish have added warmth in appearance and depth to the overall detail of the round.
On the obverse of the Graveyard Shift Silver Round is the haunting image of Death as he strolls through the graveyard. His scythe is held tightly in his boney right hand, while his left hand extends a scroll featuring the names of the dead he seeks in the cemetery.
The reverse of each of these rounds includes a unique take on a fisherman out looking for a meal. Rather than casting a line in hopes of catching a meal, you’ll see a fish on shore casting out his line with a fisherman on the hook as a bait.