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Howard Thomas’s “Elementary My Dear Watson” Hobo Nickel

Howard Thomas’s “Elementary My Dear Watson” Hobo Nickel

“You can’t sit there and play with me like a cat with a mouse” – The Adventure of the Abbey Grange (ABBE) 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,… Continue Reading

Sam Alfano’s Sherlock Holmes Hobo Nickel

Sam Alfano’s Sherlock Holmes Hobo Nickel

“It might be his portrait.” – The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN) Today, we are featuring this 1913 Buffalo nickel that has been engraved by Sam Alfano of Louisiana. His biography, from his Master Engraver website, offers up this capsue: Sam Alfano began engraving in the early ’70’s with a set of engraving tools purchased from a… Continue Reading

Rima Gedvile’s Mini-Sherlock Holmes Hobo Nickle

Rima Gedvile’s Mini-Sherlock Holmes Hobo Nickle

” It was not a photograph, but an ivory miniature, and the artist had brought out the full effect …” – The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor (NOBL) 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… Continue Reading

A Lucky Penny From Sherlock Homes of Indiana

A Lucky Penny From Sherlock Homes of Indiana

“…  I was lucky enough to find one.” – The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge  (WIST) We mentioned that Sherlock Homes of Indiana had a surprise for us in our recent post on their encased cents that was an earlier HolmeWork assignment. Garry Huffman, the president of Sherlock Homes of Indiana, answered our questions about the encased… Continue Reading

Javier Barahona Alvarez’s Holmes Portrait Engraving on a 1921 British Penny

Javier Barahona Alvarez’s Holmes Portrait Engraving on a 1921 British Penny

“It might be his portrait.” – 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… Continue Reading

A Sherlockian Hobo Nickel Design for ANA’s National Coin Week Challenge

A Sherlockian Hobo Nickel Design for ANA’s National Coin Week Challenge

“… the artist had brought out the full effect…” – The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor (NOBL) National Coin Week, sponsored by the American Numismatic Association (ANA), is fast approaching with an April 21 start date. Several years back (pre 2016) the ANA sponsored a contest encouraging elementary students to design their own hobo nickels. One student,… Continue Reading

Porcelain Casts of Sherlockian Hobo Nickel Being Auctioned

Porcelain Casts of Sherlockian Hobo Nickel Being Auctioned

“Well, then, spend the next twenty-four hours in an intensive study of Chinese pottery.” – The Adventurous of the Illustrious Client (ILLU) In the upcoming Heritage Auctions session at next month’s Florida United Numismatists convention, there is the following lot being offered for bid: LOT #4897   Group Lot of 8 Modern Hobos, Porcelain Castings…. (Total: 8… Continue Reading

A 1937 Sherlockian Hobo Nickel by Gediminas Palsis

A 1937 Sherlockian Hobo Nickel by Gediminas Palsis

“I gazed with interest and some surprise upon the portrait.” – 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.… Continue Reading