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    Cameo Self Portrait of 'Bo'
    Superior Quality, Signed GH52

    Full Cameo Carving, 'Bo' Self-Portrait. Signed GH52. With only a few notable exceptions, Bo Hughes' best work was done from the early 1950s until his 1957 hand injury (while carving a nickel). The years 1950 to 1952 were especially productive. The pinnacle of his work is a series of full cameo carvings, with deeply carved fields leaving a raised rim, the date and LIBERTY removed, and impeccable carving of the subject. Most of the pieces were signed by Bo on the neck truncation, above where the date was removed.

    This example is an exceptional self-portrait of Bo in carved in 1952. It is signed "GH52" in tiny letters and numbers on the narrow neck bevel. Carved on an About Uncirculated or finer D-mint nickel, the coin displays shimmering iridescent toning with ice-blue and golden shades. Plentiful luster exists on both sides. The balding portrait of Bo is of exceptionally high quality. Cameo carvings such as this 1952 rendition rank among the most desired of all hobo nickels. This splendid nickel is plated on page 75 of the Romines 2 reference. It was a highlight of The Don "H2O" Haley Hobo Nickel Collection (Heritage, 1/2019), lot 4955.
    From The Chris Dempsey Collection of Hobo Nickels, Part II.


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