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by vampicker
Fri Jun 03, 2022 11:52 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1880 VAM 56 exists
Replies: 12
Views: 573

1880 VAM 56 exists

Had an example cross my desk today that matches the markers. No clash or break at the ear. Need to put the listing back in the main list
by vampicker
Tue May 31, 2022 5:35 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Morgan 1896-P Vams?
Replies: 6
Views: 569

Re: Morgan 1896-P Vams?

Beaten to death then scrubbed to death. The features you pictured are the result of post mint damage or PMD. It's worthwhile to study a coin like this to learn what to avoid.
by vampicker
Tue May 31, 2022 5:26 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1883-P VAM-4 - with a (possible) dash?
Replies: 2
Views: 442

Re: 1883-P VAM-4 - with a (possible) dash?

First thing I'd want to do is poke it with a stick. If it survived, I'd think this is a die break. No way that's a dash mark.
by vampicker
Sun May 29, 2022 4:36 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: a long OT: my new 1567 dollar
Replies: 10
Views: 987

Re: a long OT: my new 1567 dollar

Can we take a moment to acknowledge just how cool this coin is?
by vampicker
Wed May 25, 2022 3:26 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 82 O/S Die question
Replies: 6
Views: 659

Re: 82 O/S Die question

Further, there's strong evidence the O/S variants were their respective first uses. The EDS pieces are actually early die states.
by vampicker
Mon May 23, 2022 11:23 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Help with 1878-P reverse of 79
Replies: 11
Views: 847

Re: Help with 1878-P reverse of 79

Looks like a great example, minus the dot
by vampicker
Mon May 23, 2022 1:58 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Registering finds in the 'wild' versus bought attributed coins?
Replies: 13
Views: 995

Re: Registering finds in the 'wild' versus bought attributed coins?

I like the idea. For me, it's all about the hunt in the wild. For some folks, that may not be possible but that's fine. whatever works. Here is my best pick in the wild. About 1 1/2 years ago, I stopped by the local coin gallery and walked over to the case with the slabbed Morgan Dollars, nothing n...
by vampicker
Sun May 22, 2022 10:33 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1887 s Reverse Planchet Error!
Replies: 5
Views: 467

Re: 1887 s Reverse Planchet Error!

Kinda cool. It's an error of a lamination at the edge. It's not tied to a specific die pair, so it wouldn't have a VAM number for this feature.

Taking a little time and pinning down the difference between errors and varieties can save you a considerable amount of aggravation and time.
by vampicker
Sun May 22, 2022 6:50 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Registering finds in the 'wild' versus bought attributed coins?
Replies: 13
Views: 995

Re: Registering finds in the 'wild' versus bought attributed coins?

Here's one of the key pieces from my Top 100 set that was definitely purchased attributed and still sort of feels like a cherrypick.

https://coins.ha.com/itm/morgan-dollars ... 104-2751.s
by vampicker
Sun May 22, 2022 2:04 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Registering finds in the 'wild' versus bought attributed coins?
Replies: 13
Views: 995

Re: Registering finds in the 'wild' versus bought attributed coins?

Probably somewhere between a third and a half of what I hold in sets was 'in the wild'. That percentage goes way up for something like my 78-CC material. I haven't really tracked which was which, but some are obvious. If is attributed on the holder from another service, I bought it that way.
by vampicker
Sat May 21, 2022 12:57 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: A personal goal reached
Replies: 30
Views: 1218

Re: A personal goal reached

Yeah, as the opportunity arises.
by vampicker
Thu May 19, 2022 9:56 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: A personal goal reached
Replies: 30
Views: 1218

Re: A personal goal reached

The last coin I needed was the 95-S VAM 4
by vampicker
Thu May 19, 2022 8:16 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: A personal goal reached
Replies: 30
Views: 1218

Re: A personal goal reached

I have several sets working. The next focus will likely be on the standard Top 50 Peace set.

I also just started a WOW! set. I'm already better than halfway done and in 7th. The last couple of pieces are real nut busters though
by vampicker
Thu May 19, 2022 4:00 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: A personal goal reached
Replies: 30
Views: 1218

A personal goal reached

For several years, I've been working on actually completing a standard Top 100 set. It's a tall order to catch or pass any of the four sets ahead of me in the SSDC registry. However, the last piece I needed for a complete set just showed up. Some of the components are genuinely rare, while others ha...
by vampicker
Tue May 17, 2022 2:18 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1900 p.... VAM-Misstrike- Error- What is it?
Replies: 27
Views: 7414

Re: 1900 p.... VAM-Misstrike- Error- What is it?

I'm not buying this as a die stage based on the pictures. If I was to hazard a guess, I'd say there was residue built up around the stars and then the coin saw further circulation. Later the crud was removed. If it crossed my desk, I'd most likely tank it for environmental damage. I'd really have to...
by vampicker
Mon May 16, 2022 10:16 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1882 GSA Carson city grand snake history.
Replies: 18
Views: 902

Re: 1882 GSA Carson city grand snake history.

I have a copy of the Margolis booklet (1973) and the reverse is pictured several times. Pixelated, but there's enough there to conclude the coin was a VAM 3A. Hopefully it still resides in its GSA holder.
by vampicker
Mon May 16, 2022 9:59 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Help with 1878-P reverse of 79
Replies: 11
Views: 847

Re: Help with 1878-P reverse of 79

Betting that dot looks different in hand
by vampicker
Sat May 14, 2022 11:00 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Trouble of my own ID'ing 78 Philly
Replies: 2
Views: 289

Trouble of my own ID'ing 78 Philly

In my defense it had been turned into a store card back in 1988. The 1878 date is clear and the 4th right star might be slightly broken. The nostril appears to be reasonably intact. The reverse has the B2 short nock and the r of trust is intact. The host coin seems like it was scrubbed before it was...
by vampicker
Sat May 14, 2022 10:20 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Help with 1878-P reverse of 79
Replies: 11
Views: 847

Re: Help with 1878-P reverse of 79

Think it's VAM 210B1