Introducing The Over-Layer

By Arturo DelFavero RM552

In February of 2014, I had the opportunity to purchase a hobo nickel from Owen Covert. We had discussed that his coin matched one offered as part on bulk Lot 107 in the 2014 O.H.N.S. auction. At the time of the purchase, I was not aware of a third match, but being the archivist has its benefits. Within a couple of weeks I had time to manually search the Q.D. files, and my efforts paid off. I found a 1998 Quality Designation that featured a coin that did indeed match. Now the question was what do we name this artist? Even though quite unique in style, not too much stands out about this artist's work. One thing I did notice was not much effort was made to obscure the original host coin obverse image. In other words and for the most part, the finished artwork is laid over the top of what was already there. With this said, I now present to you "The Over-Layer."

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The carving characteristics for "The Over-Layer" are as follows:

  1. Artwork laid over the top of original host coin image.
  2. All work is hand engraved.
  3. Hats with adornments (band, bows, diagonal cuts etc.).
  4. Engraved ears with a double scoop out.
  5. Scraggly head and facial hair.
  6. Simple double line collars ( two with running semi-vertical cuts).
  7. Late dated nickels used for host coins.
  8. LIBERTY and date left intact.
  9. Carvings are of Average quality.