Introducing The Angler

By Arturo DelFavero, RM552

In the year 2000 I picked up a classic (2nd coin shown) from a dealer in Ann Arbor, Michigan. while shopping his store for estate jewelry. Initially he told me this hobo was not for sale, but he would entertain an offer from me. I told him I would pay $75.00; he pushed the coin my way and declared "You own it." Within the last couple of years I found a couple others that had similar attributes (coins 3 and 4 shown). In March of 2019 I gained another example for my collection off of eBay (first coin shown). When shown all four coins together, the usual panel of judges agreed that the nicknaming should proceed. Though the artist renders similar outcomes he manages to mix it up on these average but effective carvings. This fact makes the nicknaming process more difficult. One thing that really stood out to me was the use of 90 degree angles on the edge of hat brims. At this point I thought it fitting to introduce "The Angler."

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The carving characteristics for "The Angler" are as follows:

  1. Short derby hats with a central raised ridge within the hatband.
  2. Kidney-shaped ears with scooped out centers.
  3. Head and facial hair created with a beading tool.
  4. No hair running over forehead on three examples.
  5. Hair and cropped beard ends abruptly at top of neck.
  6. Long neck lines ending with dissimilar simple collars.
  7. No profile alterations.
  8. LIBERTY and date remain on two. LIBERTY and date removed on two
  9. The front end of the hat brim extends to the left of L in LIBERTY