Introducing Flat Top
By Chris Dempsey LM64
Had I not needed a 1928-D nickel for my date and mintmark hobo nickel collection, it is likely that this carver would not have been named quite so soon. I acquired the first coin pictured, on a 1928-D as part of a trade with a friend who knew that I needed the date for my collection. The second example shown, on a 1935-D host coin, I purchased from a dealer out west in November 2013. Shortly after my purchase, and as he often does, OHNS Archivist Art DelFavero located a third example in the archives, also on a 1935 host coin.
I was having some trouble naming this one, so Steve Alpert suggested we keep it simple. As such I am naming this one "Flat Top."
The carving characteristics for "Flat Top" are as follows:
- Flat top derby that varies from high top to low top.
- Thin wrap-around hat brim.
- Three-section hat bow rests on the raised hat brim.
- Highly altered profile with a crooked nose, altered eye, short chin, and Adams Apple cut from neck.
- Tiny circle ear with a small hollow in the center is tucked up against the hat brim.
- Plain collar sometimes utilized.
- Fields smoothly dressed.
- Date and LIBERTY left intact.
- At the time of this write-up, carvings by "Flat Top" are on late date host coins.