Introducing Renaissance Man
By Don Wolfe RM981
I had the first coin below (with hole) in my collection when I saw a similar coin in the OHNS Auction #20 (Lot 59). I was fortunate enough to win that coin and then put it next to the one I had. Since the two coins had so many similarities; I put them up as a "Three's a Match." Art DelFavero was able to come up with a picture of a third coin which he sent to me. When I received the picture, I looked closely at my two nickels and the picture of the third. To me, the hat on each of these nickels looks like a floppy low-crowned hat worn in the Renaissance period, so I would like to call this artist "Renaissance Man."
The carving characteristics for "Renaissance Man" are as follows:
- All coins on a 1913 nickel (at least two are T2) with the date and Liberty remaining.
- Short flat floppy looking hat with appearance of a wraparound brim.
- Field on two have stippling to mask roughness from carving, the third left rough.
- Small carved ear in center of head and center portion of ear removed.
- Hair/beard carved and mustache/eyebrows punched with possibly small chisel.
- No alterations to profile.
- Two carved lines for collar and a small bit of pushed up metal at lower front of collar.