Watch This Master Engraver Carve A Skull And Scrollwork On A Penny

A hobo nickel is a sculpture or artistic modification on small denomination coins, creating a tiny bas relief. US nickels were favored for being a perfect thickness and soft enough to carve easily. Many coins are used however, and the inexpensive cost (literally a penny or a nickel) made the art form popular among hobos.

Shaun Hughes is a modern master of the art form. In this process video, he diligently carves a 1973 Lincoln Cent into a skull and scroll piece you’d want to frame.

What would you do if you found one?