SILVER ROUND The Indian Skull at a Glance:
|Kicking off the 2017 Silver Hobo Nickel collection is Roman Booteen’s adaptation of Albrecht Durer’s 1513 “Knight, Death and The Devil”. Intricately detailed on a 1921 Morgan silver dollar, this masterpiece takes us back to the times of magic and superstition. On a finely muscled mount, our brave knight journeys through an otherworldly valley; beasts and ghastly figures lunge and leer at the rider, while hunting dogs clamor at his feet, creating an eerie sense of foreboding. |
The reverse design was also originally featured on a Morgan silver dollar, creating a rare “double obverse” Silver Hobo Nickel. Inspired by the mythology that surrounds trees, a twisted and ghoulishly tree represents all that makes us wary on a dark night in the woods. From the tree’s gaping mouth reaches a fist clasping a snake, while endlessly entwined serpents coil around the trunk and branches. Entangled in the roots lie a sword, skull and quiver of arrows, symbols often used to represent death.