Hobo nickels are one of the great American folk art forms. Engraving designs into coins has been a part of American culture since the 1700s.
Coin carving took on a new life as the Great Depression took its toll on America in the early 20th century. With so many Americans out of work, both fledgling and experienced artists embellished nickels in order to survive. These “hobo nickels” were often used to pay for food and lodging.
The art that was created at this time was imaginative and represented an important time in America’s history.
After the Depression, many talented artists continued perfecting their craft which is still practiced today.
Hobo Nickel Art is a blog with a purpose to chronicle and compile hobo nickels found online. We will link to Hobo Nickel related websites, artists and items for sale on various web destinations such as eBay.