Introducing Thin Neck
By Arturo DelFavero RM552, Owen Covert RM686, Ralph Winter LM37
The 1926 hobo nickel shown here was recently submitted by an OHNS member for Quality Designation papers (it was purchased for $200). I have in my collection the illustrated 1936 nickel by the same artist (which I bought at a local coin show in 1999 for $150). The workmanship is distinctive enough to nickname this artist, even though only these two examples of his work are known to me at this time. I have chosen the nickname “Thin Neck” based on the narrow neck.
The diagnostic characteristics of a carving by “Thin Neck” are:
- A narrow thin neck.
- Somewhat cartoonish portraits.
- Field is dressed with wriggle-cut zigzag lines all around the head.
- Altered profile with strong chin and/or jaw line, and altered eye.
- Ear has a thick outer border and a deep center.
- There is no collar.
- The hat, hair, and beard apparently can vary greatly.
- Carved on later-date buffalo nickels of higher grade, so the artist probably worked in the 1930s to maybe 1940s or 1950s.