This question was asked me last year when a Bert Hobo nickel sold at the FUN show for almost $14,000. Recently we saw a new ceiling when another Hobo sold for just under $25,000.  So the question is,  “too much” or “not nearly enough” ?

I side on the not nearly enough…

Many of today’s examples are one of a kind pieces that truly are remarkable works of art…at least IMHO 

Watch carvers like Howard Thomas, Shane Hunter, Paolo Curcio, Aleksy Saburov, Marcus Hunt, Steve Cox whose work has been selling for such modest amounts ($100-$250)   These are the sleepers today and I would suggest to my readers that now is a BUY period for these masterpieces.

Happy Hunting

$25,000 Hobo Nickel

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Jon Lerner, a renowned figure in numismatics, discovered his passion for rare coins in his Scarsdale, New York upbringing. With a keen eye for quality, he founded Scarsdale Coin in 1985, quickly establishing it as a premier destination for collectors. Beyond dealing, Jon is a respected speaker and prolific writer, sharing his expertise with enthusiasts worldwide. His commitment to integrity and professionalism has earned him admiration throughout the numismatic community. Jon remains dedicated to enriching collectors' experiences and preserving the legacy of rare coins for future generations.