Introducing Mine Hair
By Arturo DelFavero, RM552
In March of 2020 I noticed a hobo nickel that was offered in Stacks Bowers auction (coin 1). This lot matched some photos on archived QDs which I had pulled for future nicknaming. In a calculated move I entered a hefty bid, even though I wasn't too slick on the nickel itself. In the end I secured the coin for way under said bid. As I previously mentioned, this carving wasn't very appealing due to mostly the crude nature of manufacture. The artist seemed to be very limited in a number of skills from start to finish. One thing that stood out was that the head and facial hair were created is a similar fashion. To his credit, consistency was the strong point of his labor. I chose to nickname this artist "Mine Hair" due to the aforementioned follicle amendments.
The carving characteristics for "Mine Hair" are listed as follows:
- Head hair created by widely spread apart engraved slightly curved lines.
- Beard stubble created by raising beads with the tip of a round graver.
- Ears that resemble a script E.
- Low placed bowler hats with adorned bands and divot ended brims.
- Mild alterations to profile.
- Three out of five displaying wide collars with lapels, two without collars.
- Three out of five retaining LIBERTY and date two without either.
- Crude scrape like work in field.