I have an Abraham Lincoln Medal graded by Numismatic Guaranty Corp.
that is attributed to 1893 as “E-85A” and from the World’s Columbian Exposition.
I have found very little information on this medal but recently
found the exact medal advertised in an auction as “King-504 AL,
This is confusing. Do you have a resource that would properly
identify this item? I would appreciate any help you might offer in
Mount Pleasant, Mich.
What the reader has is a bronze Abraham Lincoln medal from 1893.
It is one of many medals, tokens and numismatic collectibles created
for the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago.
On the obverse, shown, the name “Zearing” appears to the left of
the portrait. This is the name of the engraver, Henry H. Zearing.
The advertised item mentioned has the same design but a different
metallic composition, aluminum. A similar piece was auctioned Oct. 7
by Teletrade Inc. of Irvine, Calif.
This piece has two catalog numbers. The King reference relates to
the numbering system used in the book Lincoln in Numismatics
by Robert P. King. This design is King 504. The E-85A catalog number
is from Columbiana, by Nathan Eglit.
This medal is known with compositions of silver, bronze, gilt,
copper, brass, aluminum and white metal.
I was searching through rolls of nickels when I came across an
I have seen pictures of these before but never actually held one
in my hand.
It appears to be a Hobo nickel and I was wondering how I would go
about finding out when it was made and who the artist might be?
Old Bridge, N.J.
Yes, it does appear that Scali has a Hobo nickel based on the
photographs sent. A Hobo nickel is basically a modified coin and most
are carved examples of Indian Head 5-cent coins.
An artist, whose identity we were unable to determine for this
example, will make the obverse design different by carving it out. A
bearded man with a derby hat, as is shown on this coin, is typical of
a carved out design.
This example has the 1936 year date and a small “F” below it from
the original design of the coin. That “F” stands for the coin’s
designer, James Earle Fraser.
For more information on the Original Hobo Nickel Society, visit
the organization’s website at www.hobonickels.org.
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