Yes,that occured to me while carving it. Collectors prefer the LIberty and date intact. It sort of seemed ok with a stormtroper,as they are kind of cool,and not that scary,but a Nazi soldier wouldn't work.
I did a few canadian coins,one large silver with our queen on it? There is al least one Candian coin carver,I've seen on ebay. The pilots dont look half as cool,or recognizable,and yet they are the good guys?
This coin sold on ebay last night
I decided becuse of the postive response, i'm going to do a limited number of stamped British 2 pences with the storm trooper head in profile,over the top of the Queens head. I make my own coin dies,and counter stamp coins and let them free in the world in my change for whoever notices.A bit like coin graffiti.
Most of what I'm doing is using an airgraver,like a tiny jackhammer. I dont always remove the indian head,and just dive straight in,you might need the metal. If i do,i carve away what I dont want,and grind with tiny burs,or hand metal scrapers. Thanks for watching
The Bufalo nickel was minted from 1913 to 1937,so it's just whatever I have in a good condition.The later dates are more readily available. Carving a design on a Buffalo nickel turns it into what's called a Hobo Nickel.It's the prefered coin for collectors.
Some people will tell you it is,but the way the US law reads,so long as you don't deface a coin to make it look like another coin. One day I'll carve a dollar to look like a nickel,and see if they come get me.