Introducing Stout Snout
By Chris Dempsey LM64
I was lucky enough to acquire this and five other coins at a small show in Cheektowaga, New York from a dealer who purchased them all the way back in 1978. This coin, carved on a 1919 host coin, was arguably the coolest coin I purchased at the show, so I went looking for the matches for it almost immediately after I purchased it. After about thirty minutes of searching, I found two more examples.
The second example I found appeared in the 2010 OHNS auction, lot 52, and sold for $495. I located the third example, carved on a 1925-S host coin, in the "Recent Sales" section of the OHNS website from April 2002 and sold for $178.16. I chose the name "Stout Snout," after exploring names like Bubble Beak and Fat Nose.
The carving characteristics for "Stout Snout" are listed as follows:
- Appearance of date and liberty are arbitrary.
- High domed derby with a curved brim and simple straight hat band.
- Straight shirt collar with a fountain pen shaped coat lapel.
- Simple hollowed out narrow ear varies in size from medium to large.
- Heavily altered profile with enlarged nose and accented mouth.
- Hair, beard, and eyebrow are punched with a pointed punch or knife tip.
- Multiple wrinkles added behind a tiny punched eye.
- Sometimes shaded around date.
- Smoothly dressed field.
- Coins appear on a variety of different dates and mint marks.