The Great Depression was also the golden age of the yegg, traveling vagabonds also known as hobos. Back in those days, one of the most prevalent pastimes for hobos was the engraving of US coins with personal designs. Coins that received this treatment have somewhat ironically gone onto become valuable collectors’ items. Now, artist Chris Ovdiyenko is taking inspiration from those designs for a new line of crowdfunded Hobo Coins.
Hobo Coins might look like traditional US tender at first, but a closer look reveals them to bear images that are far darker and perhaps even a little more psychedelic than anything that would be approved by the US Mint. So far, they come in antique bronze, antique copper, and brass-plated steel, with solid silver coming up depending on flex goal funding.