Osborne Mint puts hobo nickel carver's work into silver on new medals

Manufacturer markets medallions through bullion retailers
By , Coin World
Published : 05/28/16
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Limited-edition die-struck .999 fine silver medals that are reproductions of hand-carved hobo nickels are being produced by Osborne Mint in Cincinnati and marketed though major numismatic retailers.

The retail network for Osborne's five-piece 2016 Silver Hobo Nickel Series is formed by APMEX, SilverTowne, Littleton Coin Company, JM Bullion and Provident Metals.

The designs for the five silver medallions are the work of modern coin carver Paolo Curcio from Spain, known in numismatic circles as Mr The.

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The first design released, dated 1937, is titled "The Fisherman." It depicts on its obverse a struck reproduction of a portrait of a wandering fisherman hand-carved from the original Indian Head on the 5-cent coin and on the reverse a reproduction of the bison that had been transformed into a mountainous landscape with a hobo fishing from the lake's edge.

The second release in the medal series, "The Train," is dated 1913, and depicts a train engine with three cars encircled by railroad ties. The reverse features a hobo with walking stick and stippled field. 

The third release, to debut May 31, is "Skull & Scrolls." It is dated 1936. The Indian Head design has been morphed by Curcio into a skull facing right with scrollwork around.The bison has been converted into a hobo with walking stick and bundle, with the hobo's head being skeletal. 

July 26 is the release date for "Green Fairy & Fishbones." The design, dated 1937, depicts on the obverse a naked fairy holding a goblet. The reverse shows a skeltonized fish.

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