Hobo nickels date back to the 18th century when carvings were made on coins to alter the profile of the presidents face. Due to its low cost of just needing a nickel and an engraving tool, this art form was particularly popular amongst hobos.
This engraving was inspired by an original Hobo Nickel from that period, with the date of the coin issue - 1936, clearly visible as well as “LIBERTY”, which appears on the original nickel coin. The presidents face on the original nickel has been carved into a skull and he wears a beaten up old fedora hat. The side details feature a shield with three crossed arrows.
The ring is hand made from Sterling Silver + Brass.
The dimensions of the face of the ring are 1 inch x 3/4 inch.
The ring is available in size 8 - 12. For larger or smaller sizing please email for availability.
Origins of this style Ring
This type of ring is known as a Mexican Biker Ring or Souvenir Ring - a large ring, usually made from solid silver with brass accents on the front and sides. The history of this style ring dates back to the the Mexican Civil War, when the currency plummeted and the Peso was almost valueless. Jewelers in Mexico would melt the Peso coins down and forge them into these large rings. Tourist from America would visit and buy the rings as Souvenirs. Also, biker gangs would come down to the border and buy these rings and use them instead of the then illegal Knuckle Dusters. The Mexican Biker Ring or Souvenir Ring became a popular and legendary style with outsiders.
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