Ghoulish Coinage

These are very striking.

Apparently it’s been done for years in the States and they are known as ‘hobo nickels’. The metal that the coins were made of was quite soft and relatively easy to carve and shape and this led to an underground trend for eerie defacement.

Imagine if you found one of these in the loose change in your pocket. I think it would be quite startling to find these ghoulish faces among the everyday tender.

 

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