Coins are already miniature works of art unto themselves. But Barcelona-based artist Paolo Curcio (aka “mrthe”) specializes in the art of creating hobo nickels (previously featured here) or bas relief sculptures carved into coins, which transform those tiny pieces of art into entirely new and arguably much more awesome artwork. His subjects vary from homages to pop culture figures, literary characters, and of course, the prevailing hobo nickel theme - skulls of all sorts.

"One aspect of Curcio’s process that’s really amazing is his ability to use coins made from multiple layers of metal (referred to as clad coins) which he then strategically reveals to create colored flourishes and background patterns.”

Visit Paolo Curcio’s website to view many more examples of his fascinating numismatic artwork. He even lists pieces for sale over on Ebay from time to time.

[via Colossal]