Hobo nickel art is a broad term that refers to miniature bas relief sculptures carved into coins, often nickels. Nickels became the go-to medium of choice for their cheapness and malleability. Paolo Curcio is one of the savants in this particular genre, carving out skulls, E.T., Frankenstein’s monster, a deranged clown, and even Moby Dick onto the surface of a variety of coins. This Barcelona-based artist has the amazing knack for utilizing ‘clad coins’ (coins made from multiple layers of metal) to create background patterns and flourishes. You can check out his eBay account for these miniature masterpieces in case you’re interested.
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