I want to see what kind of tools these craft-persons had access to, and the occupations they hailed from.
The coins sword actuator enters a shutter, marked with a very distinctive symbol. See it?
Same coin from a previous post in this thread, but here we see more of how it's assembled.
I was poking around to find a dedicated hobo nickel forum (not just a subforum or popular thread from a metalworking or coin collecting site). Thought I found a good one at HoboCarvers.com Forum, especially when I saw that they had a Tools subforum, but it's a ghost town. No new posts in years, and, the worst part, it's a graveyard of broken images! I looked through all of the threads in the Tools subforum. Didn't find many good images except for some posts from a pro engraving tool maker named Steve Lindsay, at AirGraver.com, and struck gold: custom coin vises! More here: Lindsay Engraving Vises, holders and fixtures.
Also pulled the 2016 patent for his Reversible Coin Holder - US Patent #9,448,537
Anyone who has made soft jaws for his lathe chuck will recognize the idea. In fact, that's how double-headed/double-tailed coins are made.
Had a nice email chat with Steve Lindsay (inventor of the vises above). Definitely one of us, and it turns out he loves old machines. Check out his shop: Steve Lindsay Shop Tour
Anyway, not a coin, but this fits in this thread:
Engraving tool page are off the charts. The Mouser bolt knob although not his (Barry Lee Hands) was fabulous with the spherical knurling (engraved), stippling, and the gold inlay on the one face.
‘‘Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.’’
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