Volume 58 – #16

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Volume 58#16

November 10 – November 23, 2020

Hobo nickels originated in the United States, where early carvers took advantage of the low-value 1913 ‘Indian Head’ nickel, whose large portrait lends itself to sculpting.

Hobo nickels, a growing art form, ‘like meditation’ for carvers

A burgeoning art form that has steadily gained momentum since the early 1980s, carving hobo nickels “feels like meditation” to one Canadian producer. Because they are individually carved, hobo nickels – essentially bas-relief sculptures – are all unique works of art, something that appeals to collectors and carvers alike. While there’s no Canadian club focusing solely on hobo nickels – a generic term encompassing artistically altered coins – the U.S.-based Original Hobo Nickel Society (OHNS) is coming up on its 30th anniversary in 2022. It has about 450 active members, dozens of which are from Canada. “Hobo nickels did originate in the U.S. because the coin is an American coin,” said OHNS President Caroline Bastable, of the “Buffalo” five-cent coin (also known as the “Indian Head” nickel) issued by the U.S. Mint in 1913. Continue reading →

Features
Numismatic research continues to evolve
Page 1
Oshawa club postpones 60th anniversary celebration
Page 1
CAND cancels 2021 convention
Page 6
Canadian Tire club holds convention with COVID protocols
Page 20

Regulars
CCN Trends
Focus on Proof-like singles
Page 14
CCN marketplce
Are you buying or selling?
Page 22
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 25
Columns
John Regitko
Errors & Varieties
Most toonie errors extremely rare, sought after
Page 8
Stanley Clute
Notes & Bills
Remembering Canada’s proud military history reflected on ban
Page 11

Tim Grawey
Colonial Tokens
Irish halfpenny recipient for ‘bouquet sou’ token
Page 12
Sean Sinclair
Commemorative Coins
Commonwealth coins mark 100 years of reflection, hope for
Page 19

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