Hobo Nickel Silver Rounds from JM Bullion
There was a time in American history when circulation coinage took on more than just an economical and commercial transaction role. During the 19th and early 20th centuries, America’s vagrant population moved around from city to city in search of better opportunities and a chance to find employment; maybe even settle down somewhere for good.
On their travels across this great country, these hobos whittled away the time by carving their own designs into some of America’s circulating coinage. The most recognizable designs came on the face of America’s five-cent pieces, due in large part to the availability of the coins being higher in circulation and the surface area being larger to work with.
Today, the beauty of America’s hobo artists has come alive again on the obverse and reverse face of an exciting series of silver rounds. The Hobo Nickel Silver Rounds are produced by Osborne Precious Metals, a private American mint, with the assistance of Mr. The as the design genius and Luigi Badia as the sculptor helping to bring the images to live on the silver blanks. Learn all about this collection below.
About Osborne Precious Metals
Osborne Precious Metals is the oldest private mint in the United States, and it can trace its roots back to 1835. At the time of the mint’s founding, Andrew Jackson was in the White House and there was not a singular legal tender banknote in circulation in the US. In fact, it would be another 30 years following the founding of Osborne Precious Metals until legal tender US banknotes were the only ones accepted in the country.
Today, Osborne Precious Metals is still located in Cincinnati, Ohio, and has gone through a number of name changes and iterations in its time. It produces a variety of silver, gold, and copper products for private entities.
Background on the Hobo Nickel Silver Rounds
One of the most unique product offerings from Osborne Precious Metals is the Silver Hobo Nickel Round Series from Spanish master artisan Paolo Curcio, better known among carvers around the world as Mr. The. His designs revive the folk art of hobos traveling the rails and backroads of America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
The 5-round series features a variety of versions with each new release. For every round released in the series, Osborne Precious Metals struck a 1 oz Proof Hobo Nickel, 1 oz Antique Hobo Nickel, and a 5 oz Antique Hobo Nickel. Many of his designs are based upon historic US coin designs. All of the silver rounds are shipped in individual plastic capsules and include a Certificate of Authenticity. Edge lettering is included to identify the individual serial number of each round, with mintage figures as follows for each version:
- 1 oz Proof: 10,000 maximum mintage.
- 1 oz Antique: 1,000 maximum mintage.
- 5 oz Antique: 1,000 maximum mintage.
For the first release in the 2016 Hobo Nickel Silver Round Series, Osborne Precious Metals struck Mr. The’s rendition of the Buffalo Nickel from James Earle Fraser.
Designs in the Hobo Nickel Silver Round Series
All five rounds in the Hobo Nickel Silver Round series are now available to purchase from JM Bullion, and as mentioned above there are three different versions available for each of the designs that are explained in detail below:
- Fisherman Hobo Nickel: On the obverse face of the round you’ll find the image of a Hobo fisherman, captured in a similar right-profile relief as Fraser’s original Native American. The word “Liberty” is engraved in the same position as the original nickel, and a random year of issue of “1937” is engraved in the same position as Fraser’s nickel. The reverse features an equally unique take on Fraser’s design, with the back humps of a buffalo forming a distant mountain range on the opposite shore of a lake. In the foreground, a hobo fisherman is visible fishing from a rickety dock. Engravings include “United States of America,” “E Pluribus Unum,” and “Five Cents,” even though these rounds have no face value.
- Train Hobo Nickel: The reverse face of these popular new silver rounds features the image of a lone hobo walking along with his knapsack in tow. In an intriguing twist on the Buffalo Nickel design, when the Hobo and his walking stick are viewed horizontally rather than vertically, you’ll see an image vaguely reminiscent of the Buffalo’s hump from the original Buffalo Nickel. Engravings include “United States of America,” “E Pluribus Unum,” and the original coin’s face value of “Five Cents.” On the obverse of these 1 oz Proof Train Hobo Nickel Silver Rounds you’ll find the image of a powerful steam locomotive as it rumbles down the tracks, its smoke stack bellowing out steam and smoke. The image is encircled by wooden railway ties, the word “Liberty,” and a year of issue as “1913.”
- Skulls and Scrolls Hobo Nickel: The obverse face of the coin is the right-profile of a skeletal figure, which imitates the Indian Head design from James Earle Fraser’s popular Buffalo Nickel. It includes engravings of the word “Liberty” and a year of issue as 1936, one of the last years the Buffalo Nickel was in circulation. On the reverse side of the 1 oz Proof Skull and Scrolls Hobo Nickel Silver Round is the image of Mr. The’s walking hobo from the second design in the series. In this case however, the hobo has skeletal features only on his visible facial area and his hand gripping the walking stick. Engravings include “United States of America,” “E Pluribus Unum,” and “Five Cents.”
- Green Fairy and Fishbones: On the reverse of the 1 oz Proof Green Fairy and Fishbones Hobo Nickel Silver Round you’ll find the image of a fish swimming under the sea, missing of course is its skin. The haunting creature is set against a backdrop of a watery landscape with engravings typical of American coinage. The obverse of the Proof Green Fairy and Fishbones features the naked Green Fairy, knelt down and holding an intoxicating beverage which includes steam emanating from the glass in the design.
- Jefferson Skull: The final installment comes with direct inspiration from a 2005 US Jefferson nickel special issue coin. On the obverse of this final release in the series is Mr. The’s take on the 2005 Westward Journey design for commemorative Jefferson nickels in the US. In place of President Jefferson’s right-profile portrait you’ll find only the right-profile portrait of a skull, with the engravings of “In God We Trust,” “Liberty,” and “2005” just as found on the Jefferson nickel. The reverse continues with themes reminiscent of the Buffalo Nickel from James Earle Fraser. The design includes the Mini-Man and Train combination created in 2014, with a puff of smoke from the steam train in the background mimicking the appearance of the buffalo’s back hump from the Buffalo Nickels. In the foreground is the familiar hobo, with corncob pipe, hat, and knapsack carrying his Earthly belongings.
Why Purchase Hobo Nickel Silver Rounds?
With so many popular silver bullion coins available in a variety of designs, why would you want to consider purchasing Hobo Nickel Silver Rounds? There are actually a number of reasons to consider investing in silver rounds instead of gold or silver bullion coins. Specifically, there are three reasons you should consider investing your hard-earned cash in silver rounds instead of bullion coins:
- Ease of Trade
Availability is always a limiting factor with most of the popular silver bullion coins in the world. While the American Silver Eagle is a notable exception, which the United States Mint striking those coins to meet demand, the vast majority of other programs have strict caps on the mintage in any given year. Aside from the American Silver Eagle, 1 oz. Silver Rounds are the easiest silver products to find on the market.
Silver rounds are also easier to trade in many cases. Because so many individuals are turning to rounds, the availability is also met at times with shortages. This means that many dealers, though not all, will readily by them back from you with no/low transaction fees because they can turn them around quickly and sell them to someone else.
Beyond availability and ease of trade, the biggest benefit of purchasing silver rounds is the price. While bullion coins from sovereign mints come with higher premiums, the price you pay a coin dealer over the spot price of silver, silver rounds are currently the least expensive form of physical silver to invest in.
Purchasing Hobo Nickel Silver Rounds from JM Bullion
When you’re ready to purchase your Hobo Nickel Silver Rounds from the JM Bullion catalog, you’ll find numerous payment options available to you. JM Bullion proudly accepts Visa and MasterCard credit/debit cards, paper checks, PayPal transfers, and bank wire transfers.
Paper checks come with the benefit of a 4% discount compared to credit/debit cards and high maximum purchases, but take four to six business days to process. Credit/debit card purchases clear in one business day on average. Bank wire and PayPal transfers clear processing instantly, releasing your purchase to our fulfillment queue.
All JM Bullion products come with free standard shipping and insurance. You do have the option to select expedited shipping for an additional fee. Each product is shipped in discreet packaging via the US Postal Service or UPS. If your shipment is lost or stolen, JM Bullion will work to replace your products, or if supplies are exhausted provide you with a full refund of your purchase price.
Please contact JM Bullion associates with questions about the Hobo Nickel Silver Round Series. You can reach us at 800-276-6508, connect with us online using our live chat, or email us.