by Jenni Chasteen
The fact that we have dead presidents on our money never seemed morbid before, but suddenly the concept is down right macabre. Coin relief carvings are usually known as hobo nickels and they’re even older and cornier than people who still use the word hobo. But rather than adding a derby and a muzzle to an existing face, some artists tediously carve away bits of coin to reveal the skull underneath. Of course you’ll probably never see these get mixed into circulation—unless after hours of carving an awesome skull some artists accidentally mixes up their art with their laundry money.