Extra Terrestrial Hobo Nickels

ET Nickel

Hobo Nickel sind amerikanische 5-Cent-Münzen, deren Gravur „remixed“ wurde. Ist ‘ne alte Tradition und geht zurück bis Mitte 18. Jahrhunderts und populär wurden die Münzen während der 1920er Depression, als viele fahrende Arbeiter die Dinger machten (daher der Name). Kannte ich, wusste ich. Neu sind mir allerdings Alien- und UFO-Versionen davon.

UFO NickelThis selection of extra terrestrial coins includes some of the most intriguing hobo nickels on Earth. If you’re not familiar, hobo nickels are any coin-not just nickels- of which the original carvings have been altered.

The practice of defacing coins dates back as early as the 1750′s when a man would make a “love token” for his lady by smoothing the coin and adding their initials. The art of hobo nickeling had a surge of popularity after the release of the Buffalo nickel since the large Indian head offered the perfect amount of space for creating a new scene and people had a lot of time on their hands due to the lack of jobs during the Great Depression.