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06 Sep 2014

Hobo Nickels

| user_4542

Does any one know why these are called hobo nickels? Did a hobo come out with the idea? Please answer in the comment section.

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user_7180

Level 5

It looks like you already got good feedback!

luv2collect

Level 4

that's where wooden nickels came from, right?

WinkWink

Level 4

Along the same lines, Hobo's were known for counterfeiting 'nickels' from just about anything, soup can lids, plugs of lead, sawn up broom handles, carved, and rolled in bacon grease and ashes to get the right color. The phrases, "Don't take any wooden nickels!" and, "Not worth a plug nickel" come from this era

WinkWink

Level 4

During the Great Depression a person could be arrested for vagrancy, and set to 90 days hard labor, if they were unable to produce the price of a nights lodging, when asked to do so by a policeman. So most Hobos would keep a nickel that they would never spend, and many of them would carve and customize them, and sell them or keep them as lucky charms

user_4542

Level 4

thanks wink

user_4542

Level 4

Ok thanks guys!

nachos10

Level 4

And also, a nickel during that time could get a person a good nights sleep in a motel, so hobos used to express their art on these coins

user_9998

Level 5

Hobo nickels are buffalo nickels that have been carved to look like a hobo, which were poor (as in not rich) worker which were common sights when the buffalo nickel was circulating.

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