Introducing Hubcap Hat

By Ralph Winter HLM37 and Don Wolfe RM981

I purchased the first nickel pictured below in September 2013 in an eBay auction. It's on a 1928 dated nickel. The second coin pictured was Lot 52 in OHNS Auction 21 and was carved on a 1918 Indian head nickel. The third pictured coin comes from the collection of Don Wolfe. His specimen is dated 1920 and was obtained from an eBay auction. We decided to nickname this classic artist "Hubcap Hat" because the subjects' hats resemble the simple standard hubcaps that were found on many of the automobiles in the 1940's, 1950's and 1960's.

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The carving characteristics for "Hubcap Hat" are as follows:

  1. Rounded shallow derby hat similar to automobile hubcap.
  2. Simple hat brim defined by straight lines.
  3. Engraved (chiseled) large, well-positioned ear.
  4. Punched hair, moustache and beard.
  5. Profile unaltered.
  6. Simple collar defined by single line.
  7. Large exposed neck including no hair behind ear.
  8. Fields well dressed.
  9. LIBERTY remains and dates fully or partially visible.
  10. Mid-dated nickels (1918, 1920 and 1928).