Introducing Tufty


By Stephen Alpert LM10

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Tufty is another early hobo nickel maker, whose works appear on 1913 buffalo nickels. He was nicknamed by Stephen Alpert in the July-August-September 2000 issue of BoTales, and so named due to the tuft of hair that appears on his hobo nickels, on the forehead below the hat brim.

Other diagnostic features of "Tufty" hobo nickels are:

  1. A strongly-curved hat brim with an equally wide plain hat band;
  2. A large ear with a wide outer area and smaller central depression;
  3. Carved hair and beard;
  4. The collar is a straight groove;
  5. The nose is slightly altered at top.