The precision art of creating hobo nickels is alive and well in the skilled hands of British artist Shaun Hughes (previously featured here). These particular pieces each show off Hughes’ fondness for carving beautiful floral scrollwork designs on the portraits or backgrounds of coins.

Twisting through the portraits or creeping into the backgrounds, the fine lines give the currency new depth. With incredible detail and precision Hughes transforms these small-denomination coins into pieces of fine art, many of which are for sale via eBay.

Check out Hughes’ YouTube channel or follow him on Instagram for more photos of his excquisitely carved coins and videos of his painstaking process:

[via My Modern Met and Colossal]