Introducing The Jeweler
By Ralph Winter HLM37, Chris Dempsey LM64
I placed the winning bid for the first nickel pictured below in OHNS Auction 21 in January of 2013. It's carved on a Indian head type 2 nickel. The second coin pictured was originally owned by Nick Pyle and is on a 1913 Type 1 nickel. It appears to have been gold plated at one time. The third pictured coin comes from Chris Dempsey who saw the first two coins in the "Three's A Match" column of the summer 2014 issue of BoTales. Chris picked up his example on the bourse floor of the 2013 FUN Convention. It's on an Indian head type 2 nickel. We chose the name "The Jeweler" for the artist’s penchant for adding a jeweled insert to represent a diamond stickpin. In all likelihood, the artist was probably a jeweler or engraver or out of work jeweler.
The carving characteristics for "The Jeweler" are as follows:
- The double collar is enhanced with a jeweled (diamond insert) stick pin. (First example has a depression at the location of the pin may have once held a jewel or stone.). Appears that the carver started to drill a hole on the 3rd coin but changed his mind.
- Hat has a straight raised brim with two vent holes.
- Hat band with a bow, both accented with fine lines.
- Hair and beard punched, latter done to resemble stubble.
- Ears have wide outer rims and somewhat oval shaped.
- All examples thus far have cigarette hanging from the subject’s mouth.
- The nose is altered at the bridge and tip.
- Fields are cleanly dressed.
- LIBERTY and date removed.
- All lettering on reverse of first two examples removed. Lettering intact on 3rd specimen.
- Above average to superior carving quality.