100 years ago Indian head (buffalo) nickels were altered by Hobos scratching in a beard or hat, and traded for something worth more than a nickel.

My Hobo Nickel Rings are made from the same nickels minted from 1913 to 1938. Not recast versions, of the same engraved coin, but one-of-a-kind custom made for the individual. I use traditional hand-engraving techniques that include power assisted tools. I fabricate the bands from heavy 14-gauge Sterling Silver sheets for a complete band of your size, with the engraved coin soldered on top. This may be excessive, but makes for a more substantial and comfortable feel than other types.

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