Introducing Ich Kibibble
There are many hobo nickels with “Ich Kibibble” (in various spellings) engraved or punched on the obverse. This Yiddish phrase means “I should worry?” Here I am nicknaming the early hobo nickel artist who added ICH KIBIBBLE in upper-case letter punches above the hat, and am nicknaming him “Ich Kibibble” based on this phrase and its spelling.
The diagnostic characteristics “Ich Kibibble” hobo nickels are:
- ICH KIBIBBLE is letter-punched in the field above the hat.
- The hat is shallow (to create room for the punches), with a thin curved brim. The brim wraps around in the back, but doesn't project much (if at all) beyond the forehead.
- The ear is narrow.
- The hair-beard-mushtache is formed by circular punches, and is trim and neatly bordered.
- A distinctive simple collar with lapel.
- The field is nicely dressed and smooth, much more so than the neck and collar.
- The profile is unaltered, except for top of nose, and the forehead. Eye is unaltered.
- Found on early-dated hobo nickels (1913 or 1914).
1996 OHNS Auction 4 Lot 48