Introducing Dapper


By Stephen Alpert, HLM10

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Dapper is an early hobo nickel maker, nicknamed by Stephen Alpert in the July-August-September 2000 issue of BoTales. He was so named because his nickels depict a sharply-dressed well-groomed man.

Dapper's hobo nickels have:

  1. A hat brim that is narrow and long with pointed ends.
  2. The beard is short, with a triangular projection on the cheek that points to the eye.
  3. The profile is unaltered.
  4. The ear is narrow.
  5. The collar has a distinctive large triangular flap at the front.

Dapper's works appear on early-dated buffalo nickels.