By Stephen Alpert LM102
I obtained my specimen (left) way back in 1988 at a cost of under $20.00; it is pictured in the OHNS Guidebook on page 24. Marc Banks recently obtained a match (center coin), and Chris Dempsey purchased the third match a few years ago on eBay. I initially had difficulty selecting a nickname for this artist. But I concentrated on the elaborate highly-altered hypnotic eyes (that can probably see into the future), and the boldly enhanced and deepened nostrils, to come up with "Nostrildamus."
The carving characteristics for "Nostrildamas" are as follows:
- A derby hat, with a bold, raised, slightly curved brim. The right end on the brim is at the "I" of LIBERTY on two of the coins, and to the left of the "L" on the other.
- The hat band has a nice bow, usually over the ear.
- The dome of the hat is lightly textured, or smooth.
- The top of the ear overlaps the brim. The ear has internal detail.
- The eye is greatly enhanced, with eyelids, eyeball, and eyebrow.
- The profile is altered with a notch above the nose at eye level.
- The nostril in enlarged and excavated.
- The hair, beard, and mustache are neatly carved.
- The mouth is slightly enhanced.
- The neck is smoothly dressed.
- The collar may be single or double, with a bow tie projecting at the front.
- The field is dressed, to varying degrees
- All the specimens are on 1913 nickels.