An artist has no limits when it comes to their canvas, as evidenced by the recently revived trend known as the Holo Nickel. This involves transforming small coinage into beautiful works of art by meticulously engraving them by hand.
Over the past few years, we’ve explored a number of artists keen on transforming the faces of coins into sculptural artworks, a craft dating back to the 18th century that’s known colloquially as a hobo nickel.
One such artist who has his own unique twist on etching the faces of coins is UK-based engraver Shaun Hughes who focuses mostly on embellishing existing coin faces with different styles of floral scrollwork. The patterns often sprawl directly across the coin’s portrait creating an intriguing tattoo-like effect. He began recording his work to inspire others who want to take up the trade. Shaun turned pennies into pounds and turned it into ornate designs and pop culture.
Currently, he is selling this penny eBay. His work helps to add an unbelievable sense of style, beauty, and elegance to an everyday piece of currency. The coins are never convoluted with too many engravings, allowing you to see the original style of the coin but with the added visual design.