Nickel Carved With Raging Hulk

Nickel Carved With Raging Hulk

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? According to 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.