Contemporary “HOBO NICKEL”, hand-carved SKULLPTURE by J. Hughey.
My “Freaky Faces” are created in a fun, free-style session where I begin by carving randomly into the coin. Eventually, shapes and patterns appear… as though already hiding (and waiting) within the nickel: Then I simply dig it out.
Since I begin my Freaky Faces without expectation, the designs must come from some subconscious level (which probably says far too much about ME… since most of these designs look like screaming ghouls and tortured souls!!!).
For some reason, I kinda’ favor this one, and have added several differing photos (including one colorful flash photo) to illustrate why I like it so much.
I am a registered member of the ORIGINAL HOBO NICKEL SOCIETY, and some of my earlier work is featured in the OHNS Carver’s Showcase. Each of my carvings is done free-hand (and through aging eyes, unfortunately): My monogram/logo appears on the reverse and the date is engraved along the rim/edge of this coin. Each carving ships in a vinyl 2×2 coin flip with hand-written identification as well as my signature. Original host coin is a GENUINE BUFFALO NICKEL, and that shown is the carving you will receive: Natural reverse may be toned upon winner’s request.” Click for more →