Two friends leave Colorado, bound for Florida, with nothing but their camera, clothing, sleeping bags, and a pocketful of hobo nickels. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on November 12, 2011.
About this project
A Nickel and A Nail- the Original Hobo Nickel Story
UPDATE: I added a couple of new rewards... Limited Edition Sterling Silver Hobo Skull ring for $250... a $10 "Hobo Nickel Starter Kit," which includes your very own genuine U.S. buffalo nickel, a nail, and instructions for making your own hobo nickel... and a $100 hand carved Leech skull hobo nickel (a $150+ value!)
On January 1st, 2011, Adam Leech, a vintage shop keeper and hobo nickel carver, his friend Jim Dziura- a filmmaker and hobo nickel collector, and their pal Odus, a stuffed hobo doll that they believe embodies the true spirit of the road, set out on a journey of over 2,200 miles. Leaving in sub-freezing weather, with nothing but their bindlesticks, Jim's cameras, Adam's carving tools, and a couple of bucks scrapped together from the sale of a few hobo nickels the day before, the pair set their sights on Tampa, Florida, and the 19th annual meeting of the Original Hobo Nickel Society (hobonickels.org).
What they experienced was a true tale of American adventure and anonymity, with filled with characters that can only be found on the wild, open American road. Making their way from truck stop to truck stop, sleeping in ditches, and hustling hobo nickels for rides, the pair tried desperately, and in vein, to find anyone who had ever even heard of a hobo nickel, let alone wanted to purchase one. Their adventures finally bring them to the FUN show, an internationally renowned coin show presented by the Florida United Numismatists, with millions upon millions of dollars in currency, coins, and solid gold on display, culminating in an auction where a single hobo nickel sold for an astonishing $7,700!
A Nickel and a Nail is a documentary film project that intends to not only tell their story, but the story of the Original Hobo Nickel, a truly unique and nearly forgotten form of American folk art that dates back 100 years.
We are asking for this money ($38,013.05) in order to edit the footage we shot on the road, to finance the additional footage necessary to complete the project, to finance the initial digital film release and a limited edition 1st pressing of the DVD, obtain any licensing for music/stock footage, pay film festival fees, and to release a vinyl pressing of the film's soundtrack. Our goal is to have the film ready to premiere by January, 2013, and the limited edition first pressing release available March 4th, 2013, the 100 year anniversary of the Indian Head/Buffalo nickel, as well as the presumed 100 year anniversary of the Hobo Nickel.
A secret message is hidden in the amount we have requested. See if you can figure it out. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised!
To read a blog Jim wrote about the journey, click here.
To join the Original Hobo Nickel Society, click here.
Thank you kindly.
Basically, a "hobo nickel" is a nickel (or any small denomination coin) that has been carved, hammered, chiseled, punched, or otherwise altered to depict an image other than what was originally struck by the mint.
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