Introducing Patty nO'Hair
By Chris Dempsey, LM64
Another coin I was tickled to acquire at the Cheektowaga show was this Irishman, carved on a 1914 host coin. The night after I purchased it, I found three more carvings that sold over the years in different OHNS auctions. The second photo is from the 1999 OHNS auction; lot 39. The third photo is from 2003 auction; lot 6. Finally the fourth carving is from the 2005 auction; lot 123. A few days later, upon contacting OHNS archivist, Art DelFavero, a fifth example, which is arguably the nicest known example, was found in the OHNS guidebook.
The carving characteristics for "Patty nO'Hair" are listed as follows:
- Large bald spot on the top portion of the head.
- Hair and beard appear to be knife cut using crescent shaped cuts.
- Mustache and chin stubble, where present, are crafted using a pointed punch.
- Simple loop cut for an ear, most with some internal detail.
- Wrinkles are applied liberally to the forehead, mouth area, and behind the eye.
- Profile is altered in front of the eye, nose, and chin.
- Carvings by "Patty nO'Hair" appear on early dated nickels.
- Occasional additions such as a pipe are added.
- Date and LIBERTY are left intact.