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Man discovers weird alien coin in a roll of quarters

June 22, 2022 | Comment icon 22 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.

Source: Newsweek.com | Comments (22)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #13 Posted by Desertrat56 4 days ago
Those are cool. I even thought about buying a couple of them.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Nutrition Fact 4 days ago
Doesnt look carved at all unless there is something I didnt know about kniving coins.
Comment icon #15 Posted by the13bats 4 days 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 4 days ago
Thats the idea.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Nutrition Fact 4 days ago
I wonder how many rolls of quarters you need to go through to make a living.
Comment icon #18 Posted by the13bats 4 days ago
I dont understand make a living at what? Hobo coins? Silver?
Comment icon #19 Posted by evalha 3 days ago
StupidMeter Reading: 80% Stupid 20% Why?
Comment icon #20 Posted by Golden Duck 1 day ago
Where can you get one? https://m.aliexpress.com/item/1005002448444464.html?_randl_currency=AUD&_randl_shipto=AU&src=google&memo1=freelisting&src=google&albch=shopping&acnt=631-313-3945&slnk=&plac=&mtctp=&albbt=Google_7_shopping&albagn=888888&isSmbActive=false&isSmbAutoCall=false&needSmbHouyi=false&albcp=15215699703&albag=124751515090&trgt=320006226714&crea=en1005002448444464&netw=u&device=m&albpg=320006226714&albpd=en1005002448444464&gclid=CjwKCAjwh-CVBhB8EiwAjFEPGcgxxSpo6nR9oq64cVyZQ2f7GCq17aeZ50oBpz-o... [More]
Comment icon #21 Posted by the13bats 20 hours ago
Stupid is perception i think they are kind of fun especially the old orginals, Why? my guess bored artists were having fun.
Comment icon #22 Posted by the13bats 20 hours 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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