My New Lucky Coin: Nickel Carved With Raging Hulk

July 15, 2013


This is a 1935 Buffalo/Indian head 'hobo nickel' for sale on eBay featuring a carving of the Hulk ready to leap out of the coin and rage-stomp a pocketful of pennies. What the hell is a hobo nickel? Take it away, Wikipedia!:

The hobo nickel is a sculptural art form involving the creative modification of small-denomination coins, essentially resulting in miniature bas reliefs. The nickel, because of its size, thickness, and relative softness, was a favored coin for this purpose. However, the term hobo nickel is generic, as carvings have been made from many different denominations.

Due to its low cost and portability, this medium was particularly popular among hobos, hence the name.

Well no wonder hobos stayed hobos -- you can't go around defacing the only money you have. But I didn't come here to talk about financial planning, I came to talk about the dream I had last night. Some kids stole my car so they could crush it with a monster truck, leading me on a quest for revenge that involved building a giant drivable Ferris wheel I could use to crush their monster truck. Anybody have a dream book and can tell me what that means? I'm just happy it wasn't the one where all my teeth fall out.

Hit the jump for a video of the coin.

Thanks to my pal Terry, who agrees the coin you use is the most important aspect of winning at lotto scratchers.

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