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The 1972 Sherlock Bones Hobo Dollar

The 1972 Sherlock Bones Hobo Dollar

“Mr. Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound!'”

– The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN)

Back in 1992, the Original Hobo Nickel Society was formed to promote the collecting of engraved buffalo nickels that had been produced prior to 1980. Most of these “original” nickels were engraved with nails, knifes, files and perhaps some punches. In the years since the OHNS was founded, there have been many modern hobo nickels (and not just nickels, almost any coin) created by talented artists using microscopes and power tools. Depending on the quality of the work, these modern hobo nickels can cost many hundred of dollars.

Pictured above is an engraved 1972 Eisenhower Dollar, with all of the original obverse removed except for the 1972 date. Engraved by Luis A. Ortiz, an engraver based in Easton, Pennsylvania, he calls this design “Sherlock Bones.” Ortiz engraves a “catalog” number on the reverse side of the coins he engraves and signs his name. He assigned the catalog of S1186 to this work – using the “S” prefix for his work on silver dollars. Unlike many other modern engravers, Ortiz also colorizes his artwork.

The design features Snoopy, from the classic cartoon strip of Peanuts, walking towards the left and wearing a deerstalker cap and a pipe in his mouth. Snoopy has passed the character of Freida.

Freida was a regular character in Peanuts during the 1960’s, but was phased out in the years that followed. Her last apperance in a strip was in 1985. Freida was “naturally curly” red hair and would not wear a baseball cap while on Charlie Brown’s baseball team, as it would cover her hair.

For those that would like to view more of Luis A. Ortiz’s work, click HERE. Warning – many of his engraved works are NSFW and should be viewed privately.

The Three Stooges and Sherlock Holmes

The Three Stooges and Sherlock Holmes

“I have been making a fool of myself” – The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumbi (ENGR) Your editor grew up during a time when there were only three television networks and a handful of independent UHF television stations. Those independent stations would often show the old movie shorts featuring the slapstick of The Three Stooges.… Continue Reading

The Sherlocktopus 1937 Hobo Nickel

The Sherlocktopus 1937 Hobo Nickel

“… it was some strange creature …” – The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb (ENGR) Back in 1992, the Original Hobo Nickel Society was formed to promote the collecting of engraved buffalo nickels that had been produced prior to 1980. Most of these “original” nickels were engraved with nails, knifes, files and perhaps some punches. In… Continue Reading

Sherlock Holmes 1937 Hobo Nickel by Pedro Villarrubia

Sherlock Holmes 1937 Hobo Nickel by Pedro Villarrubia

“I gazed with interest and some surprise upon the portrait.” – The Hound of The Baskervilles (HOUN) Last week, we published a post about a Sherlockian hobo nickel engraved by Blanca de la Hoz. This week we are pleased to share this post about another Sherlockian hobo nickel – this one engraved by her husband,… Continue Reading

The Sherlock Cat 1937 Hobo Nickel by Blanca de la Hoz

The Sherlock Cat 1937 Hobo Nickel by Blanca de la Hoz

“A purring cat who thinks he sees prospective mice.” – The Adventure of The Illustrious Client (ILLU)        Back in 1992, the Original Hobo Nickel Society was formed to promote the collecting of engraved buffalo nickels that had been produced prior to 1980. Most of these “original” nickels were engraved with nails, knifes, files… Continue Reading

A Sherlock Holmes Love Token?

A Sherlock Holmes Love Token?

“Others again spoke of some early love affair …” – A Study In Scarlet (STUD) With today being Valentine’s Day, we share this love token featuring Sherlock Holmes initials (for those who think the initials on this token are actually H S, you’re welcome to write your own post). This silver British sixpence had the… Continue Reading