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by vampicker
Mon Dec 05, 2022 12:21 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1922 Peace Dollar Question
Replies: 9
Views: 479

Re: 1922 Peace Dollar Question

For clarity, typical clash marks ARE mentioned in the VAM book and on our Attribution 101 page on this site, they just don't warrant a separate listing. To me, there's nothing wrong with telling the budding variety enthusiast that the first thing they spot isn't particularly special. It's almost no ...
by vampicker
Sun Dec 04, 2022 10:39 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: OT Capped Bust Half Grading question
Replies: 6
Views: 474

Re: OT Capped Bust Half Grading question

Agree with an AU reverse, but that doesn't help much with a grade. Playing with a picture, but I'm not picking up traces of obverse luster. I'd say XF 40 max. Looks fairly original too.
by vampicker
Thu Dec 01, 2022 1:20 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1921-S Vam 1B4C (new stage) Thorn or Thornhead (new variety)
Replies: 10
Views: 737

Re: 1921-S Vam 1B4C (new stage) Thorn or Thornhead (new variety)

To be clear, we're talking about two stages of the same reverse die, not two separate dies. The scribble scratches match across all stages. I checked this against an example of VAM 1B5 in hand and the earlier stage plates.
by vampicker
Thu Dec 01, 2022 1:08 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1900-P V18 & 30 - same or different?
Replies: 3
Views: 249

Re: 1900-P V18 & 30 - same or different?

It a VAM 18. But you've come across one of the defining examples of an 'evil mimic'.
by vampicker
Thu Dec 01, 2022 1:17 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: SSDC Registry deadline is Dec 1st
Replies: 36
Views: 10730

Re: SSDC Registry deadline is Dec 1st

Judging starts tomorrow
by vampicker
Mon Nov 28, 2022 3:54 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1903 O
Replies: 7
Views: 369

Re: 1903 O

Hard hit on the bottom of the O mintmark, damaged outside the mint
by vampicker
Sun Nov 27, 2022 9:35 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: New to VAM analytics...
Replies: 19
Views: 713

Re: New to VAM analytics...

A good place for anyone to start with Peace Dollar varieties is the http://ec2-13-58-222-16.us-east-2.compute.amazonaws.com/wiki/PEACE_VAM_Attribution_101 found on the home page. I'd suggest a long look at the clashed die section. Can't tell you how many newer collectors in this field get tripped up...
by vampicker
Sun Nov 27, 2022 2:39 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: SSDC Registry deadline is Dec 1st
Replies: 36
Views: 10730

Re: SSDC Registry deadline is Dec 1st

Only a couple days until the deadline for judging to begin
by vampicker
Wed Nov 23, 2022 9:28 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Help with date placement
Replies: 12
Views: 434

Re: Help with date placement

I for one appreciate seeing other methodologies even if I'd never use them myself. I prefer the simplicity of the DPIS, but I do most of those guesstimates in hand. I can see where 'Ghost' might have a useful digital overlay for auction photos. It is worth noting as has already been stated that seve...
by vampicker
Wed Nov 23, 2022 12:31 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1893-CC VAM 2 LDS
Replies: 2
Views: 159

1893-CC VAM 2 LDS

Had this come across my desk today. It's a later stage of the VAM 2 marriage that occurs after the VAM 2A stage. It is identical to the purported 'branch mint proofs' but there's no trace of mirrors. I've see other examples, but this one is 58ish and tells its story fairly well. It's a coin that pre...
by vampicker
Tue Nov 22, 2022 12:47 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1900-S VAM-3
Replies: 10
Views: 508

Re: 1900-S VAM-3

I've never done one
by vampicker
Sun Nov 20, 2022 3:35 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1891 O Vam 1A not 4
Replies: 4
Views: 194

Re: 1891 O Vam 1A not 4

Fair to say they didn't show Bill the coin. Nice find
by vampicker
Sat Nov 19, 2022 12:11 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 78-S V017 small gouge in lower hair
Replies: 8
Views: 294

Re: 78-S V017 small gouge in lower hair

Love the color
by vampicker
Fri Nov 18, 2022 6:46 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: New Discovery
Replies: 8
Views: 355

Re: New Discovery

I've already sent the plates and a copy of the letter to @messydesk

A discussion between the two of us takes place before we list new Morgan VAMs
by vampicker
Fri Nov 18, 2022 4:42 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 78-S V017 small gouge in lower hair
Replies: 8
Views: 294

Re: 78-S V017 small gouge in lower hair

Very cool, thanks for posting it
by vampicker
Fri Nov 18, 2022 2:08 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 78-S V017 small gouge in lower hair
Replies: 8
Views: 294

Re: 78-S V017 small gouge in lower hair

That's cool. That gouge is present on the original VAM 17A(17B now) discovery piece. Did you find the stage just before all the denticle clashing occurs?
by vampicker
Fri Nov 18, 2022 1:11 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Impact of Rim Ding on grading
Replies: 7
Views: 299

Re: Impact of Rim Ding on grading

If it crossed my desk, I'd call it 'rim damaged'
by vampicker
Thu Nov 17, 2022 8:50 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Cool Peace $ CUD
Replies: 13
Views: 639

Re: Cool Peace $ CUD

that might be FUN!
by vampicker
Thu Nov 17, 2022 6:50 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Cool Peace $ CUD
Replies: 13
Views: 639

Re: Cool Peace $ CUD

If only there was something like an annual short list for stuff like this...
by vampicker
Tue Nov 15, 2022 5:11 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Date placement querry to the experts
Replies: 8
Views: 312

Re: Date placement querry to the experts

Couple more thoughts on this then I'll shut up. It's worth remembering that style of noting date position in tenths predates the wider use of the DPIS. It is a legacy of the early days of VAM World from a professional that wanted to share information with his peers. In this case, it was to make a cl...