A privately minted coin collection commemorating the American Sculptural Art of
Buffalo Nickel Carving.


Dating back as early as the 18th Century, America’s hobo subculture passed time by carving miniature designs into circulating coinage. Although the term Hobo Nickel is generic and can be used to identify many various denominations, more carvings were made from the American five cent piece than any other coins. The hobby gained momentum in 1913 when the US Mint introduced the new “Buffalo Nickel”.

The new coin was a departure from classic american coins, which typically featured small portraits of women. The Buffalo Nickel obverse featured a prominent Native American male head, providing artists with a large canvas for sculpting and fine detail. The new nickel was thick and relatively soft, resulting in the most dynamic and creative results.

Hobo Nickels evolved over the years to reflect the changing political, social and humorous culture, resulting in thousands of engraved designs, collected and cherished world-wide. In collector’s markets, these hand-made carvings frequently sell for hundreds of dollars each, while two-sided or rare specialty Hobo Nickels yield tens of thousands of dollars each!

The Silver Hobo Nickels collection pays tribute to this uniquely American art form, featuring officially licensed original art from the most talented artists in the coin engraving industry.

Each Silver Hobo Nickel features two original designs on a single 999 fine silver coin, finished in an authentic antiqued polish, edge-marked with a unique mint number, encapsulated for long-term preservation, with a production limit of less than 5,000 proofs.




November 25th, 2016 – What an exciting year 2017 will be! For 2016, the Silver Hobo Nickel collection featured ten original designs from Paolo “Mr The” Curcio on five unique coins. Now, for 2017, we’re expanding the field and showing off the amazing talent of FIVE new artists, with unique styles and themes, representing the finest engraving we’ve ever seen! Here’s a quick preview of what’s to come this year!

We invite you to join some of the world's best coin carvers on an adventure to the darkest corners of their imaginations with this exciting new hobo nickel collection. We collaborated with five talented artists to offer you an intriguing way to start or add to your personal collection. Rich in spooky symbolism, these creative carved coins showcase each artist's unique skills and style with breathtaking results.

Jefferson Skull sculpts completed ahead of schedule...

June 30th, 2016 – Allowing for plenty of extra time to promote, Luigi Badia rocks out the last two sculpts in the 2016 Silver Hobo Nickel collection early!

Green Fairy Fishbone sculpts - a first look

June 15th, 2016 – Here’s a quick first look at Italian Master Luigi Badia’s completed Green Fairy Fishbone sculpts.


June 01, 2016 – Join Dave Harper of Numismatic News as he dissects the virtues of discovering, loving and collecting the 2016 Silver Hobo Nickel coin collection!


May 28, 2016 – Coinworld’s Paul Gilkes takes a quick first look at the new 2016 Silver Hobo Nickel collection.

Mr The's 2016 Silver Hobo Nickel Collection

The Fisherman

The Fisherman’s obverse features the classic portrait of the wandering fisherman. Mr The’s original carving was sculpted over a period of two days, including an inlaid cigarette of 24 carat gold, and was engraved at the Original Hobo Nickel Society’s booth during the Florida United Numismatists convention in Orlando.

The reverse features a mountainous landscape formed from the coin’s original buffalo humps. With a copper fishing rod inlay, Mr The carved the design over two days as a fundraiser during Engrave-In, a non-profit event where the world’s leading Hobo Nickel engravers share their knowledge at no cost.

Available in 1oz Silver Proof (10,000 total minted), 1oz Silver Antique (1,000 total), and 5oz Silver Antique (1,000 total).

The Train

In stark contrast to the conventional Hobo Nickel portraits, Mr The’s Train showcases an original steam engine locomotive, paying tribute to the Hobo’s preferred method of transport. Carved in 2014, the Train was engraved over four days on a 1913 type 1 buffalo “full-horn” nickel, and sold for $700.

The Train’s reverse features the traditional hobo design, fashioning the hobo’s napsack from the buffalo hump, using the line above the denomination as the hobo’s walking stick.

Available in 1oz Silver Proof (10,000 total minted), 1oz Silver Antique (1,000 total), and 5oz Silver Antique (1,000 total).

Skulls & Scrolls

A pioneer of the skull style, Mr The’s Skulls & Scrolls art was engraved in 2012, featuring a ghostly rendition of other favorites designs and framed with an ornamental, victorian-era scroll pattern.

The reverse design, Skeleton Gold Buckle, features a new take on the common hobo reverse, with the traditional hobo in skeletal form.

Available in 1oz Silver Proof (10,000 total minted), 1oz Silver Antique (1,000 total), and 5oz Silver Antique (1,000 total).

Green Fairy & Fishbones

Mr The departs once again from the traditional Hobo Nickel constraints with the Green Fairy, featuring an unclothed sprite enjoying an intoxicating substance from a steaming glass, while the reverse features the skeletal remains of a deep-sea dwelling fish.

Available in 1oz Silver Proof (10,000 total minted), 1oz Silver Antique (1,000 total), and 5oz Silver Antique (1,000 total).

Jefferson Skull Scroll

Wrapping up the 2016 Silver Hobo Nickel collection is the incredible Jefferson Skull Scroll, which was originally carved onto a 2005 special edition Westward Journey commemorative Jefferson nickel.

The reverse features Mini-Man & Train, originally engraved in 2014.

Available in 1oz Silver Proof (10,000 total minted), 1oz Silver Antique (1,000 total), and 5oz Silver Antique (1,000 total).