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by messydesk
Thu Sep 22, 2022 6:20 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1885-S conundrum
Replies: 3
Views: 61

Re: 1885-S conundrum

I'm going to guess that only 7, 7A and 2A exist, although VAM 1A could exist. Don't forget about VAM 4A, which is probably a different die pair from VAM 4.

I'm also going to guess that there's a package labeled "1885-S conundrum" on its way to me soon.
by messydesk
Thu Sep 22, 2022 4:53 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1899 O Vam 25B with clashing?
Replies: 2
Views: 38

Re: 1899 O Vam 25B with clashing?

The clashing is quite light, therefore ignored with respect to the VAM 25B specification. It is visible on the full-coin photos.
by messydesk
Wed Sep 21, 2022 6:11 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1899 O VAM 30 with clashing?
Replies: 4
Views: 81

Re: 1899 O VAM 30 with clashing?

Start with mint mark and date. VAM 30 has a repunched date with large spread, so that's pretty much your "one and done" feature, and I think I see it in your photos. The clashes you show are also on both full-coin pictures on the VAM 30 page. As there is no letter transfer, they aren't mentioned in ...
by messydesk
Wed Sep 21, 2022 1:32 pm
Forum: Buy, Sell, Trade
Topic: Heritage VAM and PL Morgan sale Monday, 9/19
Replies: 14
Views: 318

Re: Heritage VAM and PL Morgan sale Monday, 9/19

vamnuke wrote:
Tue Sep 20, 2022 2:19 pm
Watched from the sidelines; saw the 78-S V72 in P35 sold for $6600 with juice.
Another biggie was the 79-S VAM 66 in VF Cleaned for $2640.
by messydesk
Tue Sep 20, 2022 3:44 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1887 O VAM 4 Question
Replies: 7
Views: 120

Re: 1887 O VAM 4 Question

Look at the top edge of the eagle's right (viewer's left) wing and you'll see a vertical line that goes up to the left edge of the G in God, then hooks into the wing. That's the clash.
by messydesk
Tue Sep 20, 2022 2:43 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1898 O Vam 10 cracked wing tips
Replies: 1
Views: 47

Re: 1898 O Vam 10 cracked wing tips

Nope. Just common die cracks that will only be on later die stages. They would need to be wider die breaks in order to be added.
by messydesk
Tue Sep 20, 2022 1:53 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1881 S questions
Replies: 11
Views: 152

Re: 1881 S questions

The metal build-up on the digits is classic ejection doubling that's very common for 81-S. It also makes it harder to attribute the coins at time. The obverse is correct for VAM 38, but notice that the mint mark is in a slightly different place.
by messydesk
Tue Sep 20, 2022 1:30 am
Forum: Buy, Sell, Trade
Topic: Heritage VAM and PL Morgan sale Monday, 9/19
Replies: 14
Views: 318

Re: Heritage VAM and PL Morgan sale Monday, 9/19

It was a well "attended" auction. Pretty strong prices for the genuinely scarce stuff. One lot, I can't remember which, was up to $900 before the voice could finish saying "$360". I came away with a cool one, but I paid for it.
by messydesk
Mon Sep 19, 2022 12:42 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1881 S questions
Replies: 11
Views: 152

Re: 1881 S questions

Always start with the date and the mint mark. Of the pictures you posted, those are the two that are needed to attribute this coin. I don't see any clash marks of note. 81-S can be difficult to attribute due to frequent machine doubling, but this one isn't hard. Your initial assessment is on the rig...
by messydesk
Sat Sep 17, 2022 2:58 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 8TF VAM 21 Question
Replies: 1
Views: 90

Re: 8TF VAM 21 Question

I'm not aware of these being noted in the past. As with all 8TF coins, if every marker on the coin was described in the specification, they'd be extremely long.
by messydesk
Sat Sep 17, 2022 4:04 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: OT MY NICEST MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR
Replies: 11
Views: 147

Re: OT MY NICEST MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR

Not that you need my approval, but I approve!
by messydesk
Sat Sep 17, 2022 12:27 am
Forum: Buy, Sell, Trade
Topic: Heritage VAM and PL Morgan sale Monday, 9/19
Replies: 14
Views: 318

Heritage VAM and PL Morgan sale Monday, 9/19

Auction this Monday. Good opportunity to catch those caught off guard by the Queen's funeral.
by messydesk
Fri Sep 16, 2022 2:30 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1897 VAM 1B?
Replies: 4
Views: 57

Re: 1897 VAM 1B?

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by messydesk
Fri Sep 16, 2022 2:09 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1897 VAM 1B?
Replies: 4
Views: 57

Re: 1897 VAM 1B?

If it doesn't have the scratches on the wing as pictured, it's not VAM 1B.
by messydesk
Fri Sep 16, 2022 1:12 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: The Mad Leaf Engraver Strikes Again
Replies: 2
Views: 95

Re: The Mad Leaf Engraver Strikes Again

I think my 81 S is engraved as well. I am trying to learn what it looks like. I'm sure there are many engraved leaves on coins through 84-S, maybe longer, as I haven't checked 85-S. These won't necessarily become new VAMs, but will help in attributing these dates as they have helped those studying ...
by messydesk
Fri Sep 16, 2022 3:09 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: The Mad Leaf Engraver Strikes Again
Replies: 2
Views: 95

The Mad Leaf Engraver Strikes Again

Had some 83-S and 84-S coins cross my desk. The practice in San Francisco of re-engraving a few leaves on the reverse die that we see on many 1879-S reverses was alive and well into 1884.

1883-S VAM 17
1884-S VAM 14
1884-S VAM 15
by messydesk
Thu Sep 15, 2022 7:17 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: My Almost 1st VAM Pick
Replies: 17
Views: 289

Re: My Almost 1st VAM Pick

I had a big pile of lanyards from assorted sources and conferences. I pitched all but a couple last year. Kept the ANACS one in part because of this story.
by messydesk
Thu Sep 15, 2022 3:07 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Wake up call shocker- Even to this older hoarder
Replies: 7
Views: 242

Re: Wake up call shocker- Even to this older hoarder

morganman wrote:
Wed Sep 14, 2022 10:37 pm
...
I have also seperated several hundred Morgans to send to JB for attrib, ...
Not all at once, please. ;)
by messydesk
Wed Sep 14, 2022 2:01 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1880-S VAM 41 appears to be valid
Replies: 2
Views: 79

Re: 1880-S VAM 41 appears to be valid

I moved it back out of the "dubious" section. Email me the pictures and I can take care of them tonight.