By Chris Dempsey, LM 64 and Art DelFavero RM522
Each time a new hobo nickel trio is matched, it becomes a little harder to name them. While I appreciate the challenge, the name for this one eluded me until Art DelFavero offered the suggestion "Bow-Up-Petite."
I purchased the first example of this coin at the Spring Baltimore Show in 2014 as part of a larger group of nickels. The second example spent months and months on eBay for $1000 as a buy it now until finally the seller came down to earth and began to slowly lower his price. Eventually I was able to acquire it for a much more respectable $325. The third and final example shown was found in an online article covering "Jewish Nickels."
Each example exhibits a small bow with ends that point upward. While not a dominant theme, it is unique and not usually seen. Art DelFavero noticed this stylization first, and came up with the creative name, "Bow-Up-Petite,"" a pun on the salutation "bon appetite."
The carving characteristics for "Bow-Up-Petite" are as follows:
- Hat bow consists of a center square with two "M" shaped ends, raised up from the band of the hat.
- Smooth domed standard derby with a sometimes wrap-around brim.
- Hatband stylized with vertical cuts.
- Large, pointed, bulbous nose created by altering the profile outward.
- Finely punched beard and hair that starts at the collar.
- Anatomically correct ear with center hollowed out.
- Double collar with a triangular shaped cuff at the front.
- Lower collar resembles the side view of a fountain pen.
- Two small indentations at the front of the collar represent buttonholes
- Smooth field behind head.
- Date and LIBERTY left intact.