|Here we have an interesting set of coins. This is a United States Gold Type Set of the four Liberty Head Designs. The set has the $2.5 Quarter Eagle, $5 Half Eagle, $10 Eagle and the $20 Double Eagle. Many people collect type sets of U.S. Gold Coins so that they can have at least one of each denomination. What makes this set absolutely unique is that each of the coins has been hand carved with an “Old West” theme by a very talented engraver in the style of the old Hobo Nickels.
The set is housed in a beautiful capital plastic holder with a gold panner image which complements the old west theme of the carved coins quite nicely. Because the coins have been hand carved, you will note that the obverse color of each of the coins appears a to be a lighter and flatter straw gold color while the reverse of each coin is a more lustrous and brighter golden color.
The first coin in the set is the 1897-S $20 Gold Double Eagle. You will see on each of the coins in the set, they are titled “Old West” at the top and individual numbered, this coin being No. 1. The artist, Shane Hunter, did an impressive job carving this piece with an amazing train robbery scene including a detailed train, a life-like horse and even several of the buildings in town.
The second coin in the set is the 1886-S $10 Gold Eagle. Shane has expertly carved this coin featuring a gangster and his gun atop beautiful horse in front of the saloon and bank as they their escape with the large sack of money.
The third coin in the set is the 1881 $5 Gold Half Eagle. The image carved in this coin is one that you would not want to see if you were in the old west. The masked bandit with a pair of guns pointed right at you. Many who saw this image in person likely did not live to tell about it. Of course, this bandit is secure behind plastic and we can all enjoy the fine artistry as well as the impressive desert landscape in the background.
The fourth coin in the set is the 1905 $2.5 Gold Quarter Eagle. An iconic image of the Old West of the Wanted poster offering a reward for the capture of the lawbreaker, presumably dead or alive, has been carved in fine detail.
Finally, there are a few images that were posted by the artist, Shane Hunter, on instagram. There is an image of the four coins together while being carved. There is another image of the reverses of the coins together and those reverse look substantially the same as they do now. And there is also an image of the coins as they appeared before the carving had started.