Introducing Hook Nose
By Chris Dempsey LM64 and Ralph Winter LM37
My first look at this carver showed up on eBay in November of 2011 and to my excitement, I was the high bidder. After receiving the coin I did a little bit of research and found out that Ralph Winter had previously purchased a matching example at a past FUN show. Upon contacting him, he agreed my 1917 and his 1919 were by the same carver.
Days before the end of 2011, I was searching for a match to a different coin I had purchased when I stumbled across the third example by this carver, carved on a 1914 host coin, which sold in the January Fun 2011 auction, lot 70, for a mere $220. After discussing a possible name for this carver with Ralph, we finally settled on "Hook Nose." The carving style is fairly simple, with a large majority of the coin smoothed using a flat punch.
The Carving Characteristics for "Hook Nose" are listed as follows:
- Profile heavily altered, giving the subject a large hooked nose.
- Enlarged nostril, altered lips, sloped forehead, and enlarged eye.
- Field dressed with LIBERTY and date remaining.
- Hat, neck, face, and nose have been smoothed using a flat punch. On higher grade examples, this technique is noticeable with the naked eye.
- Ear is carved in an open circle with little to no inner ear detail.
- A collar is sometimes present, and consists of one single bar at the base of the neck.
- Beard and eyebrows are tightly punched, giving hair detail a thick appearance.
- Very wide hat with a thin brim and simple hatband.
- Executed on early date nickels.