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Man discovers weird alien coin in a roll of quarters

By T.K. Randall
June 22, 2022 · Comment icon 20 comments

The coin was beautifully crafted. Image Credit: Reddit / albanesegummies327
A coin hobbyist has posted up a photograph of a coin which features the face of an extraterrestrial.
"I was inspecting a large bag of quarter rolls, opening them one by one to look for older pieces with high silver content," he told Newsweek.

"In one of the rolls, I was immediately startled by an odd coin featuring the bust of an extraterrestrial. It stood out in stark contrast to the bust of Washington present on the other coins."

The alien face included the word "Liberty" printed at the top and the year 1937 printed at the bottom.
Far from being a unit of currency from another world, however, this particular coin is believed to be what is known as a "hobo coin".

There were thought to be over 200,000 classic hobo coins produced between 1913 and 1980 - each with a unique piece of artwork created by the homeless.

They were often made by altering existing coins using knives or other tools.

The identity of the artist who made this particular example, however, remains a mystery.

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Comment icon #11 Posted by Seti42 2 years ago
Whomever did the engraving is (or should be) a professional. Also, I don't think this is a 'hobo coin'; I think it was done more recently and by someone who has access to a shop or studio. They just used an antique coin as their canvas, IMO. (EDIT: I see a link to essentially that has been posted, lol.)
Comment icon #12 Posted by O. G. Wottasnozzle 2 years ago
I completely agree. I collected when I was younger. Even in sixth grade we knew about hobo nickels. Methinks this guy was either just a silver hunter with little numismatic knowledge, or more likely trying for his 15 minutes.  Of course uninformed media hype isn’t helping either. E.g. about 10 years ago papers in LA were wetting their pants over a guy who was supposedly handing out “extremely rare 1865 Washington quarters”. It was over a week before they discovered George didn’t show up on the quarter till 1932 and the “rarities” were cheap pot-metal fakes. /sigh  
Comment icon #13 Posted by Desertrat56 2 years ago
Those are cool.  I even thought about buying a couple of them.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Nutrition Fact 2 years ago
Doesnt look carved at all unless there is something I didnt know about kniving coins.
Comment icon #15 Posted by the13bats 2 years ago
Yeah, the term "hobo nickel" blankets art on coins, and while true believers might balk its safe to say back in the day of "orginals" none were grey aliens. Also the alien coin in this thread and one from the article linked are from the same artist or a copy cat,  Just imagine what a modern engraver could do. Ebay is full of such coin art.
Comment icon #16 Posted by the13bats 2 years ago
Thats the idea.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Nutrition Fact 2 years ago
I wonder how many rolls of quarters you need to go through to make a living.
Comment icon #18 Posted by the13bats 2 years ago
I dont understand make a living at what? Hobo coins? Silver?  
Comment icon #19 Posted by Golden Duck 2 years ago
Where can you get one? [More]
Comment icon #20 Posted by the13bats 2 years ago
Ebay is full, some pretty cool, i might grab a skull creepy one put it in a coin ring wear it as a necklace, I do see a difference between old hand craved ones and the newest that i believe are machine made/craved. Im going to watch my change closer.  

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