Search found 214 matches

by Pareidoliac
Sun Mar 03, 2019 1:35 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1925 VAM-1AD Rusted/Worn Obv Die, Die Gouge R
Replies: 5
Views: 2050

Re: 1925 VAM-1AD Rusted/Worn Obv Die, Die Gouge R

Here's the full reverse with another shot of the gouge right of the olive leaves and another shot of the gouge under the the R which is raised. This photo shows the raised gouge under the R a bit better. I don't think there's any question that it's a 1D, but a reverse photo of the discovery coin is ...
by Pareidoliac
Sat Mar 02, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Another 1925 Question, Rim Lines
Replies: 15
Views: 4873

Re: Another 1925 Question, Rim Lines

Thanks, Raybob. Can you also take a look at my other 1925 Peace post, the 1AD?
by Pareidoliac
Sat Mar 02, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Another 1925 Question, Rim Lines
Replies: 15
Views: 4873

Another 1925 Question, Rim Lines

Spent a cold Saturday afternoon identifying VAMs on 1925 Peace Dollars. This 1925 has lines on the rim around the entire obverse and reverse circumferences. Is there a simple explanation for what would cause these lines? Is this a type of collar clash? I only photographed obverse lines but same line...
by Pareidoliac
Sat Mar 02, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1925 VAM-1AD Rusted/Worn Obv Die, Die Gouge R
Replies: 5
Views: 2050

1925 VAM-1AD Rusted/Worn Obv Die, Die Gouge R

I'm going through some Peace dollars and found one that has all the diagostics of a VAM-1AD, but there is something additional on the lower reverse, a die gouge, that is not mentioned in the DC description. This variety was discovered in 2010, but the VW page does not say by whom. Does anyone know w...
by Pareidoliac
Wed Feb 27, 2019 1:52 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1921 VAM-1BE Scribbling Die Scratches #138, or...
Replies: 0
Views: 838

1921 VAM-1BE Scribbling Die Scratches #138, or...

On the 1921 VW page under 17 berries necklace varieties, the 1BE is listed below the necklace varieties with the following instruction: "Below this line has not been determined if they belong in the list of Necklace Varieties." I am assuming the discovery coin (2015) was not a necklace variety. I ma...
by Pareidoliac
Tue Feb 26, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: VAM - Updated Price Guide
Replies: 14
Views: 5128

Re: VAM - Updated Price Guide

Glad to see that the price guide is near. I believe interest in VAMs is growing and a price guide would spur much greater interest in my opinion.
by Pareidoliac
Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Your favorite Vam that is not on a "list" or is considered excessively rare?
Replies: 26
Views: 8442

Re: Your favorite Vam that is not on a "list" or is considered excessively rare?

Too new to this to have a particular favorite. My “favorite” VAM is the very next one I figure out without help.
by Pareidoliac
Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: INTEREST/RARITY
Replies: 17
Views: 5868

Re: INTEREST/RARITY

I appreciate the information. Thank you messydesk. Solved a mystery to me. Certainly, the man (and his partner) who pioneered the work of this esoteric part of he hobby are to be admired for their selfless dedication to it, which has provided many years of enjoyment to those who pursue VAM identific...
by Pareidoliac
Mon Feb 18, 2019 2:57 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Another Restoration / Contamination Question
Replies: 20
Views: 6764

Re: Another Restoration / Contamination Question

Switching from Morgans to Ikes is to the eye as switching from Big Band to disco is to the ear. Better to be blind and deaf. No offense intended to our 34th president.
by Pareidoliac
Mon Feb 18, 2019 2:25 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: INTEREST/RARITY
Replies: 17
Views: 5868

Re: INTEREST/RARITY

Great subject. It would seem to me rarity would affect demand and value, but as previously noted there are VAMs with low R values that are sought after and command a premium. That seems to be a contradiction because everywhere else in the coin world low mintage translates into higher value. Exceptio...
by Pareidoliac
Thu Feb 14, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1921-S questions
Replies: 12
Views: 4028

Re: 1921-S questions

Bear with me here. Long post offering some theories on (1) the ringlets, and (2) the wavy line by stars. First, the ringlets. Searching the Internet, I found an article (Coin World, Mike Diamond, August 2016) about seven bumps on the surface of a coin that confuse collectors. Two types of bumps can ...
by Pareidoliac
Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:53 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1921-S questions
Replies: 12
Views: 4028

Re: 1921-S questions

I gave it an acetone bath as suggested. No effect. I also lightly ran the tip of a toothpick over the rings. As I ran the tip of the toothpick over the rings under the nose and along the profile, the toothpick "stuck" or "fell" into the ring perimeter and I could feel the indentation. The ring perim...
by Pareidoliac
Wed Feb 13, 2019 3:51 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Bugs Bunny Question
Replies: 8
Views: 3226

Re: Bugs Bunny Question

Thanks for the clarification. I guess in my mind the dies striking each other without a planchet is a minting process error, but the coins minted in subsequent strikes from the clashed dies create a variety as you indicate. Remember, it takes paradoliacs longer to figure these things out than normal...
by Pareidoliac
Wed Feb 13, 2019 3:30 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1921-S questions
Replies: 12
Views: 4028

Re: 1921-S questions

Also a ring in the L of PLURIBUS.
by Pareidoliac
Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1921-S questions
Replies: 12
Views: 4028

Re: 1921-S questions

So this is a feed finger scrape, or "feed finger gouge" that, according to the VW definitions page, can be a feature on the certain VAMs, just like the mysterious "necklace" markings appear on certain VAMs and aid in identifying the VAM. Below are the feed finger VAMs for the 1921-S found on the VW ...
by Pareidoliac
Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Bugs Bunny Question
Replies: 8
Views: 3226

Bugs Bunny Question

This 1955 Franklin half (obverse die) appears to have been heavily polished around the mouth, presumably to fix Ben's buck teeth, but two fangs are still faintly visible. I'm no expert on Franklin halves or the Bugs Bunny error, but would this still be considered a Bugs Bunny half? I'm thinking no b...
by Pareidoliac
Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1921-S questions
Replies: 12
Views: 4028

Re: 1921-S questions

Here are more photos. Also note the OF on reverse.
by Pareidoliac
Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:56 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1921-S questions
Replies: 12
Views: 4028

1921-S questions

Can someone tell me what would cause the following:

(1) What appears to be sunken field around obverse right stars?
(2) Sunken area above PL at rim?
(3) Are these a type of die trails lines behind A in STATES or something else?
by Pareidoliac
Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1881-O VAM ID?
Replies: 23
Views: 8476

Re: 1881-O VAM ID?

The 1881-O website is excellent. First I’ve seen it. Another great VAM resource.