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The March 2010 Baltimore Auction Lot #577. 1945-P Jefferson Nickel. MS-67 (PCGS). $3,738

38 Impressive "Hobo Nickels"

38 Impressive “Hobo Nickels” These nickels certainly don’t feature Thomas Jefferson. First carved in 1913, the heyday of hobo nickels was back in the 1930s, used as a way to pass the time during the Great Depression. Some of the original coins still exist today, while the practice itself has survived into modern times; ironically making some nickels worth hundreds of dollars.

38 Impressive "Hobo Nickels"

Hobo Nickels from the early 1900's. The Buffalo Head nickel was particularly popular because of its larger size and carving or engraving surface. Called a Hobo nickel becaus they were more likely to carry coins.

3 cent nickel, 1873, type coin. collectible, fine plus condition

38 Impressive "Hobo Nickels"

Hobo Nickels ... First carved in 1913, the heyday of hobo nickels was back in the 1930s, used as a way to pass the time during the Great Depression. Some of the original coins still exist today, while the practice itself has survived into modern times; ironically making some nickels worth hundreds of dollars.

3 cent nickel, 1873, type coin. collectible, fine plus condition