Introducing X-Bow

By Fred Avan RM908, Don Wolfe RM981

In July of 2016, I was lucky enough to win the first coin pictured below on eBay. The second coin was picked up at the Summer Fun Show in Orlando, Florida from dealer Barry Ciociola. The 3rd nickel came out of Don Wolfe's collection, but he doesn't remember when or where or how much he paid. The main distinguishing characteristic is the "X-shaped" bow. Art Del Favero found the 4th example in the OHNS archives.

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The carving characteristics for "X-Bow" are listed as follows:

  1. Simple bold lines form the hat brim, Hat band with boxed X bow, and collar with lapel.
  2. Liberty and date left intact with hat brim touching the "B" in Liberty on all 3 coins.
  3. #1 and #2 carved on 1913 nickels. #3 carved on 1915 dated nickel.
  4. Rim graver cut from front of hat extending to back of shoulder.
  5. Beard, hair and mustache all punched and outline the ear.
  6. Indian's hair visible under hat on all 3.
  7. Nostril opening enlarged.
  8. Field at left roughly dressed.