Introducing "The Commoner"
By Art DelFavero RM 552


Back in 2011 I was able to secure a beautiful derby style hobo nickel in a private auction (example1). This coin had a lot of charm though not very distinct in features. In other words, it was a very nicely executed plain Jane usual subject piece.

While perusing the archives and internet I found two other coins that were deemed matches by the powers that be (examples 2 and 3). A fourth coin with many similar features was later located and is shown as example 4. Then Stephen Alpert realized he had an example in his collection (example 5). I've decided to nickname this new addition "The Commoner" Due to the aforementioned common styling.

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The carving characteristics for "The Commoner" are listed as follows:

1) A Derby style hat with band and brim curving downward on both ends.
2) Head and facial hair produced by punching with a beading tool (round circles).
3) Well positioned, nicely detailed ears.
4) Notch above all noses.
5) Extended nostrils on modified noses.
6) Double lined collars with an ever so slight modification towards the front.
7) Front of hat brim which deliberately eludes LIBERTY.
8) All dates left intact.
9) All on 1913 dated host coins at the moment.
10) Nicely executed fields.