Update: SOLID SILVER COINS are now unlocked!! See 'Add-ons' below.
Select 24K Gold Plated coins now available! See 'Add-ons' below.
What are Hobo Coins?
Throughout time, people have modified coins by hand-carving or engraving their own designs into existing coins. But this form of folk art really took off during the Great Depression. Those that were out of work or down on their luck took to modifying coins by engraving their own designs into them. They would use pocket knives or even filed down nails to carve beautiful designs that were as varied as the artists themselves. Often, these coins would portray skeletons or skulls, incorporating elements from the coins as part of their final works of art. They would almost always keep the lettering on the coins.
The Hobo Coins project brings back this largely forgotten piece of American history. These coins are being minted by the oldest continuously operated private mint in the U.S. and are SOLID. They each weigh about the same as 5 US. quarters, and are a little larger than the size of a US Dollar coins (these coins are 39 mm). Die-struck with over 100 tons of pressure in solid metal alloys and featuring antique finishes. Please note that Hobo Coins are not actual US currency or modified US currency coins, they are die-struck new coins at different sizes, weights, and (clearly), different art than actual US coins.
Help revive a piece of history you can carry!
Each coin was crafted and designed by me using some of the most iconic coins as their base:
The ‘R.I.P.’ - 1922 Peace Dollar
Arguably the most beautiful coin ever produced, the U.S. Peace Dollar was originally produced to commemorate the peace that followed World War One. My rendition features a skull portrait (keeping the radiant crown) on the front (obverse), and two skeletal hands breaking a rifle on the back (reverse). Interesting to note that the ‘broken rifle’ was abstracted into the Peace Symbol we know today. Rest in Peace! Aged with an antique silver-finish. As with all the coins, this is a 39mm die-struck, hefty 12 gauge coin. Also, this coin will have a 'reeded' edge like the original Peace Dollar.
The ‘Bad Mojo’ - 1936 Buffalo Nickel
My take on the classic Buffalo Nickel hobo coin (popular because it was a ‘soft’ coin to carve), features a skeleton Chief with a no-nonsense attitude on the front, and an intricately carved buffalo skeleton on the back. Aged with an antique silver-finish. As with all the coins, this is a 39mm die-struck, hefty 12 gauge coin. This coin will have a 'flat' edge like the original Buffalo Nickel.
The ‘Walking Reaper’ - 1936 Walking Liberty Half Dollar
Scares the sh*t outta me—and that’s a good thing! Based on what is considered one the most beautiful coins of all time, the Walking Liberty Half Dollar. Front side (obverse) features a grim reaper you never want to meet, and the back of the coin shows a Poe-esque scene with a raven. Nevermore! Aged with an antique silver-finish. As with all the coins, this is a 39mm die-struck, hefty 12 gauge coin. This coin will have a 'reeded' edge like the original Walking Liberty Half Dollar.
The ‘Old Hobo’ - 1891 Morgan Dollar
Even hobos like a drink! The front face (obverse) of the coin features a hobo skeleton enjoying a pint. The back side (reverse) shows a skeleton hobo chilling in a box car with his loyal dog companion. Aged with an antique silver-finish. As with all the coins, this is a 39mm die-struck, hefty 12 gauge coin. This coin will have a 'reeded' edge like the original Morgan Dollar.
The ‘Hobo Coin / Hobo Signs’ Limited Edition Print
To compliment the coins, I’ve designed this print which features a hobo walking through a shanty town along railroad tracks carrying a gunny sack, and is emblazoned with 'Liberty' at the top. Each print is 18” x 24”, signed, and numbered.
Additional coins or posters can be added to any base pledge as needed. Simply click on ‘Manage My Pledge’ and manually increase your pledge amount by the following:
Coins - add $14 (in the US), 15$ (international) to your pledge amount per additional coin, feel free to add as many as you would like. After the project closes you’ll be able to specify which design(s) you’d like.
Limited Edition Prints - add $40 (in the US), $46 (international) to your pledge amount per print.
Solid Silver Coins - add $60 ($65 international) to your pledge amount per solid silver coin. These coins are one troy ounce of solid .999 fine silver and will come with a Certificate of Authenticity card that is signed and numbered. The final quantity will be determined by the number ordered, feel free to add as many as you'd like.
To add items to your pledge: Manually increase your pledge amount by the cost of the add-on items. After the project closes, I'll send you a link to make your final selections. For now, just click "Manage My Pledge" and add on the amount of your coin or print add-ons.
Here's a quick video on how to do this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ak8SWlMeIoo&app=desktop
And here are some pictures of the coins:
Select 24K Gold Plated Coins add $25 ($30 international) to your pledge amount per selective plated coin. These coins are nickel silver coins that are selectively plated with 24K gold. Same size and weight as all the other coins; please note that the base coin is not solid silver but is actually a nickel silver alloy.
Four Coin Display - add $15 ($20 international) to your pledge amount per display (each display hold four coins). A great way to show off your coins! Comprised of 3 acrylic panes with embedded magnets, this is a simple, elegant, and easy to open and close system for displaying Hobo Coins.
Funded to $10,000 - UNLOCKED!!!!
Antique Bronze versions of all coins. You can now select Antique Bronze coins for any of the coins you've backed for, or add these coins to your existing pledge. You'll be able to select which coin finish you want for all your coins after the project closes.
Funded to $15,000 - UNLOCKED!!!!
Antique Solid Copper versions of all coins. You can now select Antique Copper coins for any of the coins you've backed for, or add these coins to your existing pledge. You'll be able to select which coin finish you want for all your coins after the project closes.
Funded to $20,000 - UNLOCKED!!!!
Antique Brass-Plated Steel (works with magnets! These are actually a shade thinner than the other coins - 10 gauge, that's the only option available from the mint). You can now select Brass-Plated Steel coins for any of the coins you've backed for, or add these coins to your existing pledge. You'll be able to select which coin finish you want for all your coins after the project closes.
Solid Silver Coins - UNLOCKED!!!!
Risks and challenges
I've created 3 fairly successful Kickstarter campaigns in the past - so I know there are always curveballs that challenge the best of plans. However, I feel super confident about this project. I've worked with the company who's making the coins and know their turnaround time, I've shipped thousands of coins to every corner of the world and know the complexities involved, and I've made good on every project in the past. My biggest watchouts for Hobo Coins are the finishes (gotta get that right), and the shipping timeframe. I put the estimated delivery as two months after the project closes and that's about right. If the project gets big (I should be so lucky), that might push out the delivery a little, but not much.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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