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Hobo Euro Juan Carlos to Homer Simpson

Spanish Simpson Hobo Euro Coin

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A Spanish sweet shop owner from Aviles discovered a nicely crafted Hobo Nickel style reworked Spanish Eurocoin in the till recently while counting through the change. The artist alteredKing Juan Carlos from the obverse of a 2001 KM1046 Euro coin into Homer Simpson, leaving the rest of the obverse and reverse alone and as struck.

This is the first such alteration I have seen on a circulating Euro coin. A fun extensionof the Hobo Nickel tradition and one which has caught some bloggers attention. Several blog postings at other sites are centering in on other restyling ideas for their own coinage, including some creative notionsfor U.S. coinage.

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The shop owner and discoverer of the reworked Euro, Jose Martinez, has been offered 20 Eurofor the coin. I guess that would be our base value, but I am sure Martinez could do better offering the coin on eBay, where the Hobo Nickel Societyfolks would be able to participate in a bidders battle, even though the artists execution leaves a bit to be desired on closer examination.